Energy Efficient Boiler ratings
Energy Efficient Boiler Ratings Explained
What to look for when judging the energy efficiency.
In order to make it easy to identify your Boiler Efficiency a system was introduced whereby an appliance would get an alphabetical & colour coded rating (similar to those you see on washing machines & fridges).
The grades ran from Green with “A” as good and to Red with “G” as not so good.
You will find it referred to as the SEDBUK rating and that stands for Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK – and bases its rating on “typical domestic conditions” of use in the average UK household.
However, from September 2015 this is being replaced with a new labeling / rating from the EU called The Energy Related Products Directive (ErP).
This is in fact good news because the latest energy labels guide consumers to more energy efficient appliances that in turn reduce running costs, not forgetting lowering the Carbon Footprint.
The Energy Related Products Directive or ErP
The Boiler manufacturer has the responsibility to make sure their appliances are compliant, but the installers will have responsibility for labelling the heating system that gets installed in your home as a whole.
It falls into 2 sections known as:
- Ecodesign – manufacturers of boiler & heap pump appliances have to make products that meet specific energy efficiency levels, this would mean that at some point non-condensing boilers will be “no-more”
Some Products that fall within Ecodesign
- Heating boilers, & water heaters (all variations)
- Heat pumps, Solar Thermal, Hot Water Cylinders
- Energy Labeling. – The new label is what consumers will be interested in because this is the way to easily see what you are getting in terms of energy efficiency. From 09/2015 products will have the new label with ratings from “A++” to “G” – A is good – G is not so good
In summary, what is going to happen is that if you are buying a single appliance you can see at outset how good it performs from the ErP label from the manufacturer. However, when you fit the product as part of a “system” which includes other elements (such as a full central heating installation) the installer will have to add a “package label”