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72 R A D I ATORS & TOWEL WARMERS Can fuel poverty be eradicated? Phil Mangnall, national sales manager at Jaga Heating Products UK, explains why installers should choose energy efficient products and technologies when specifying UK homes Leaves are hitting the ground and the days are becoming increasingly shorter, which can mean only one thing – winter is coming. For property occupiers, this equals higher energy bills. While some people can afford to maintain a warm home, others cannot, due to the increasing costs of heating. Many lack access to energy efficient heating technologies and consequently, end up having to choose between other essentials and heating. Fuel poverty: the facts Fuel poverty is prevalent in the UK. In 2013, the number of households in fuel poverty in England was estimated at 2.35 million – approximately ten per cent of all English households. In the winter of 2014-2015 alone, 9,000 people died due to fuel poverty. The consequences of a cold home also has a wider impact on the NHS, costing the UK health service £1.3 billion each year. These figures are even more shocking, considering the last few winters have been the warmest on record. Action must be taken. Government obligations In recent years, the UK government have taken steps to minimise fuel poverty by setting regulations which installers and engineers must adhere to when building new properties and retrofitting older ones. In 2014, Fuel Poverty England Regulations set a target to ensure that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practical achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C by 2030. This included interim milestones of Band E homes by 2020, and Band D homes by 2025. However, these milestones can only be hit when there is co-operation between the government and installers. While the UK government is legally obliged to tackle fuel poverty, installers and heating engineers must recognise their responsibilities too, especially as often the most fuel poor are the elderly or the vulnerable. The best, long-term strategy to minimise fuel poverty is to make it easier for people to heat their homes through a variety of energy efficient heating technologies and products. It has been estimated that for UK homes to meet Fuel Poverty England Regulations, it will cost £1.9 billion to achieve the 2020 milestone, a further £5.6 billion to meet the 2025 milestone and an additional £12.3 billion to meet the 2030 target. While these are large sums of money, investing in energy efficient technologies will be worthwhile both economically and socially, as it will reduce a property’s energy consumption, cut carbon emissions and see fuel poverty numbers tumble. How can installers minimise fuel poverty? Installers who find ways to minimise fuel poverty and heat homes more effectively will in turn help their customers and increase their workload with local councils. There are common misconceptions regarding the multitude of energy saving technologies which are available. Initial cost outlay can be a stumbling block for customers, however, more needs to be done to champion the long-term savings, and that these technologies can generate more heat using the same budget. To kick-start the process and provide customer with more value for money heat-wise, their first port of call should be ensuring that the radiators installed are highly energy Making the switch to energy efficient products can minimise fuel poverty figures, impacting the lives of homeowners and potentially help to grow your business efficient. In the current HVAC market, there are newer technologies which can be utilised such as, low water content radiators, which contain a tenth of the water (H2O) compared to a standard steel panel radiator. With less water being used, Low-H2O radiators are able to respond quicker, consequently, consuming less energy. Less demand is placed on the boiler system, meaning people will get more heat for their money. In a country as economically stable and technologically forward-thinking as the UK, fuel poverty shouldn’t be such a prevalent issue. By installers choosing energy efficient, affordable heating systems, it will alleviate pressure on the fuel poor and the NHS, while also helping to meet impending government targets. Mira’s Advance Flex is endorsed by which organisation? 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