New measures for heaters could save up to 20% of a household's energy bill
This weekend new EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling for boilers, heat pumps and water heaters will come into effect.
The new energy label will display the energy efficiency level of the heating products covered, allowing consumers to select the most efficient models. At the same time, the products will be subject to ecodesign measures which require manufacturers to boost the energy efficiency of their products without affecting its performance. The rules apply to new products, and not those already on the market.
The change is expected to save the consumer’s household energy bill by reducing energy consumption. New condensing boilers, for example, could save consumers up to €275 a year compared to older models.
Overall, these rules are expected to reduce EU consumer's energy bills by up to 20%. The measures will cut annual energy consumption by an amount equivalent to the consumption of Portugal and Austria combined. They are also expected to slash CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of Belgium, and reduce energy imports to the tune of 480 million barrels of imported fuel every year.