New energy efficient boilers are not enough

An Aberdeen journal has reminded readers contemplating fitting a new energy efficient boiler to ensure they don’t waste the savings they’re making.

47% of the UK’s energy use is spent on heating – that’s more than they spend in Sweden (whose temperatures are generally a lot lower than our own).

It warns that to maximise the energy efficiency of a new boiler, it’s imperative that homeowners also invest in double glazing.

“if you are spending money to change the heating, it is advisable to ensure that you have double glazing to keep the heat in” the paper reported.

It also warned residents who have oil fired heating systems to make sure their storage tanks are secure following the theft of 1,000 litres from one unlucky resident in October.

If you’re securing your fuel tank, then it’s worth checking your tank for signs of leakage – a family member lost litres of oil when their tank developed a leak. The company who supplied and fitted the new ‘plastic’ tank were able to syphon off the fuel in their old metal tank (which had rusted through at the bottom) and deposit it into their new tank when it was connected, saving valuable litres of oil that they’d already paid for.

photo credit: e.r. vicol

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