Boilers need to be serviced every year in order for households to maintain reasonable fuel bills from their energy suppliers, an industry organisation has advised.
According to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), boilers need to be kept in good condition so customers can make savings of up to £190 per year on their fuel bills.
Blane Judd, chief executive of the CIPHE, explained that removing inefficient products out of the marketplace and replacing them with more efficient models will help the environment and will allow consumers to benefit from cheap energy.
"People have to realise that you have got to keep your central heating system in tiptop condition to be sure that you are going to be getting that return year on year," he said.
"Don't assume that you can just put the thing in and leave it because it will deteriorate over time."
The government's boiler scrappage scheme, which allows homeowners to trade in their old boilers in exchange for money off new efficient models, was recently launched in Scotland after a 100 per cent take-up rate in England.
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