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Heating industry to produce consumer guide

A guide targeted at consumers to help them through the pitfalls of replacing a heating system is set to be developed by key industry groups.

The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes Heating Strategy Group has made the production of the guide as a strategic target for the coming year.

The publication will offer a step-by-step decision-making guide for consumers considering heating system replacement and contemplating low-carbon technologies

The strategy group report said: “The tool should indicate the choices to be made, the pros and cons of those choices, cost and carbon implications.”

The guide will explain how to choose a heating system and additional components which might be required,

The report said the guide was needed so “consumers are more likely to make optimal decisions and to understand the advantages and limitations of those decisions. This understanding should also result in better day-to-day use of systems, thereby ensuring on-going carbon saving.”

The strategy group includes British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association, Combined Heat and Power Association, the heating and Hotwater Industry Council, the Institute of Domestic Heating and Environmental Engineers, OFTEC, Solid Fuel Association, CORGI,  HETAS, the Energy Retail Association, Skills for Business Network, BRE, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Affairs and Department of Communities and Local Government.