Energy-efficient boilers: worse than we thought

  • Date: 09/07/18
  • Andrew Ellson, The Times

Homeowners are being mis-sold on the efficiency of boilers in a labelling scandal that is costing consumers hundreds of millions of pounds a year, an investigation by The Times has found.

Energy performance labels are typically overstating the efficiency of boilers by 10 per cent because the official EU tests used to generate the scores do not reflect how most people heat their homes, according to a whistleblower.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said: “Consumers are being misled into thinking they are buying products that are more efficient than they actually are. If boilers operated at the efficiency levels stated, it would save every household £85 a year and deliver almost a third of the carbon savings needed from homes under the 2030 Paris Accord.”

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