Your carbon footprint is measured by the amount of carbon you need to use to sustain you throughout the day. The average person can use between 10 and 20 tonnes of CO2-eq on an annual basis and it can surprise people to know that by replacing an old boiler with a more energy-efficient unit their carbon footprint can be reduced by nearly 2 tonnes of CO2-eq each year.
If your boiler is more than ten years old or has an energy-efficiency rating of G, the benefits of having a replacement boiler installed are numerous. Sure, the initial cost of having a new boiler is high, but when you consider the fact that upgrading your G-rated boiler to an A-rated boiler can save the average household up to £215 a year, your new boiler will soon pay for itself in the savings that you’ll enjoy.
The reason why older boilers consume so much energy is because they lose heat by way of hot gases that escape up the flue. New boilers, which are all condensing boilers, contain large heat exchangers that convert over 90% of the fuel used into energy. This means that by having a boiler replacement, you can not only save on your energy bills, but you can also reduce your CO2 emissions quite significantly. Not only do older boilers need to work harder in order to effectively heat your home, but with age comes the added risk of malfunction, which can pose dangers to both your home and your family.
Looking at the bigger picture, having a new boiler installed will make a huge difference in preventing the build-up of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are said to be the main cause of global climate change.