Submitted on Wednesday 3rd August 2011
Published on Friday 19th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Sunday 19th August 2012
Scrap the law which allows only condensing boilers in British homes
The 2005 law that all new central heating boilers must be condensing types should be repealed.
1.Gas usage may be reduced by £200 a year by a new boiler costing £2000 – but these boilers may only last five years.
2.Conventional boilers last twenty years – so the overall manufacturing carbon footprint is far lower. A saving on gas of £4000 is offset by replacement costs of £6000-£8000.
3.The new boilers break down in cold weather. During one cold snap British Gas had 60,000 emergency calls in just one county.
4.If the existing boiler is not on an outside wall – or that wall backs onto a neighbour’s property – the new boiler must be re-sited, which can cost £5000. Dispensation to fit a new conventional one is almost impossible to obtain.
This law enables British Gas to increase its vast profits. People are persuaded during the annual service to fit a new boiler.
The law should be scrapped, not reliable, long lasting, conventional boilers.
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