Businesses could cut heating costs by up to 30% by implementing some simple boiler-related energy-saving measures, according to The Carbon Trust. Guidance published by the organisation states that undertaking low-cost actions to improve the efficiency of hot water boilers could save UK organisations over £400 million a year.
Heating and hot water accounts for over one-third of UK organisations’ energy consumption, says the Carbon Trust. Immediate energy savings of 10% can be made through better maintenance and low-cost improvements, such as installing insulation and retrofitting controls.
All modern boilers are capable of achieving an efficiency of at least 80% by taking simple actions to impact their performance.
Carbon Trust top tips:
- Carry out boiler maintenance – Over time mechanical components can become worn which can affect combustion efficiency. Check burners and their controls regularly and adjust as necessary
- Minimise heat losses – Keep boiler insulation in good condition. Adequately insulate all pipework, valves, flanges and fittings and replace valve mats/covers after maintenance work
- Produce a maintenance manual – Detail records of work done, the person responsible, and when they were completed
- Consider boiler replacement – In the longer term, if a boiler is more than 15 years old, or if it is showing signs of inefficient operation, it may need replacing. Capacity/size requirements, boiler compatibility and financial and environmental impact must all be considered in the process