‘Labour must focus on registered heating engineers if they want to deliver on energy efficiency’ says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, in response to Labour’s plans for energy efficiency.

Following Labour’s Green Paper on energy efficiency ‘An end to cold homes’ Roger Webb, director of HHIC said explained that the association has informed government and stakeholders that the key to increasing uptake and interest in energy saving schemes is to mobilise the 135,000 registered heating engineers in the UK.

“Over 30,000 boilers are installed each week into UK homes. That doesn’t include the number of homes visited for repairs, servicing and other plumbing services,” said Mr Webb. “Heating engineers are trusted by homeowners and could be a trigger for alerting homeowners to services that could be available.

“We would urge Labour to consider how they could utilise this resource to help them to deliver the 500,000 annual energy reports. We would expect it to be a very hard ask to reach that number without engaging heating engineers.”

HHIC also asked Labour to look at all heating measures that could help improve energy efficiency and not just condensing boilers. This should include measures such as heating controls, hot water cylinders, new radiators, renewables and the opportunity for innovation, it said.

Click here to read HHIC’s full response to the Labour consultation on energy efficiency.