BEAMA launched the cross industry campaign 'Control Your Home' at the PHEX Chelsea exhibition this week to tackle to 11 million UK households paying too much to heat their homes.
Government figures released this year show that nearly half of centrally heated homes in the UK don’t have both a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves, the minimum requirements for new systems under the building regulations.
Similarly, recent research at Salford University shows that adding these controls to a conventional central heating system can reduce running costs by 40%.
The ‘Control Your Home’ campaign is a way for the heating industry to work together to help householders reduce their heating bills through better control of their heating system, says BEAMA. This will provide real benefits to householders as well as extra business for the supply chain.
“Fitting heating controls is a cost-effective energy saving measure that millions of households can do straightaway,” said Colin Timmins from BEAMA Heating Controls. “We need to show householders how a few simple controls can both reduce their bills and improve their comfort.”
“Heating controls can be fitted at anytime, not just when replacing a boiler. The campaign information will support installers advising their customers to fit controls, maybe when doing a boiler service or other visit.”
The campaign website - www.controlyourhome.org.uk - provides a handy leaflet for installers to download and give to their customers, as well as giving details of how companies can get involved in the campaign.