ADEY lobbying influences new government campaign

The intervention of Siobhan Baillie, MP for the Stroud constituency where ADEY HQ is based, saw ‘sludge’ raised as an issue with the Rt Hon Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (ESNZ).

This was prior to his department recommending whole system maintenance, including water treatment, as part of their next government energy saving campaign, a statement by ADEY said.

Since being invited to ADEY’s HQ in February to hear about the role of effective water treatment in helping to lower energy use and reduce carbon emissions from the home, Siobhan has spoken about radiator sludge twice in parliament, it added.

In a meeting with the Secretary of State, Siobhan used the ADEY demo jar to illustrate the problem of dirty system water and the impact of magnetic filtration in system cleaning.

She referred to this demonstration when speaking on the subject in the House of Commons, calling on the government to include water treatment in their energy saving communications campaigns and to “look a bit more lively” on this ahead of next winter.

This week, the government’s ‘Help for Households’ online guide has been updated with advice for homeowners preparing to reduce their energy consumption and bills next winter including advice for a Deep Clean of the System and Servicing.

Siobhan said: “I am really chuffed that tackling radiator sludge will now be part of the government’s advice to cut heating costs this winter after our campaign.

“This is something I have raised with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and in parliament on behalf of ADEY because flushing heating systems makes homes much more efficient and with lower emissions too. 

“Government is working to ensure that householders are armed with energy efficiency knowledge and information during cost-of-living pressures so it never made sense to miss out water filtration measures from the advice.”

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