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New UK Government Policy Recognises Hydraulic
Balancing As ‘’Expected Practice’’
nsuring an optimal distribution
of water in a heating system
independent studies to offer savings
of up to 27% of total heating costs.
This is known as hydraulic balancing,
and recently the UK Department for
Business Energy and Industrial
Strategy (BEIS) recognised that as
“expected practice” in connection
with installation or replacement of a
domestic heating system. Grundfos
welcomes the new policy and looks
forward to the expected practice
being embedded in relevant guides
The UK Department for Business Energy
and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has
announced plans to drive up standards
for domestic heating systems at point of
installation or replacement from April
Alongside access to a range of installed
energy saving measures, installers and
consumers are set to be offered advice
on a crucial element of heating system
performance – the flow of water across
each radiator (heat emitter) within the
central heating system. Replacing a
boiler or heating system component
represents a key opportunity to check
that the entire system is working
Hydraulic balancing can be delivered
through a variety of different methods
which vary according to cost and labour
intensiveness, however if undertaken
correctly, all offer energy saving
potential. The work involved can be
delivered by any competent gas-safe
technician at the same time as
replacement of a boiler heating or other
heating system component.
Grundfos UK Managing Director Peter
Reynolds commented:
‘’The potential savings from Hydraulic
Balancing are up to 27% of total heating
costs, demonstrating that a little extra
time during installation can yield longterm
announcement from BEIS and the wide
range of low cost methods available for
optimising a central heating system,
there really is no excuse not to provide
such a valuable service to householders.
In the coming months we will be working
closely with Government Departments
and the heating industry to ensure that
this expected practice is instilled within
commissioning checklists to ensure that
consumers receive the service that
means these savings are possible’’
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Online Estimator Shows Businesses Potential
Impact of Electricity Charging Shake-Up
nergy has launched a free online tool to help UK businesses
evaluate how major changes to
electricity distribution charging may
impact their bills.
On 1 April 2018 energy regulator Ofgem
is introducing DCP228, which will
shake-up the way Distribution Use of
System (DUoS) charges are calculated.
DUoS charges are made by the regional
Distribution Network Operators (DNOs)
for the transportation of electricity from
the National Grid to customer meters
and account for around 10% of an average electricity bill.
DCP228 will change the current tripletiered (red, amber and green) banding
used to calculate DUoS charges. Currently, electricity consumed in the red
tier peak-time period can cost up to 20
times more than units used in the amber
and green tiers. DCP228 will balance
the charges more evenly across the
three tiers to better reflect average national demand and remove the large
price differentials.
DCP228 will apply to every UK business, except the largest electricity connections using extra high voltage
distribution. Its impact will, however,
vary from customer-to-customer, depending on factors such as consumption profile, voltage level and region.
Richard Smith, Director of Strategy for
Energy, explained: "For many businesses, DCP228 will mean a rise in energy
costs, but for those who consume a lot
of power in the red period of the day,
distribution costs may be lower. It's important to understand how the changes
may affect bills, which is why we have
launched our free estimation tool to give
companies some indication of the cost
impact and help them prepare.
"Those businesses that have invested
in demand management measures, or
made operational changes, to shift load
away from red periods will see reduced
benefits from peak-time avoidance. Going forward, energy efficiency measures,
consumption monitoring, are likely to
have more impact on costs than load
management, so energy saving strategies must move to the top of the business agenda."
The free online tool is available at
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