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Legislative offensive against the less efficient water heaters and boilers

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The government's war (inspired by European directives) against energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions continues. After the old filament bulbs and the antique electric heaters from the 70s, the offensive has been targeting boilers and water heaters since September 26. The objective remains the same: to reduce the energy bill.


This initiative is part of the “RT 2012” law, itself the result of the Grenelle de l'Environnement, requiring new buildings to drastically reduce their primary energy consumption. If the latest generations of water heaters using thermodynamic energy show good results in terms of energy performance diagnosis, the oldest electric or gas models are often responsible for a poor carbon footprint, and very heavy energy bills.

Target and eliminate the wrong devices to reduce the energy bill

The new legislation will require boilers and water heaters to carry out energy labeling, which already affects most household appliances. The consumption of the devices should be clearly indicated on an energy scale ruthlessly classifying performance from best (A ++) to worst (G). However, the measure is limited to devices put into service from September 26, 2015, and with a power of less than 70 kW. The information should also indicate the annual electricity consumption and, among other things, the sound power level.

The operation should thus make it possible to target and eliminate the most energy-intensive devices. In addition to the ecological benefits of this initiative, with a consequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the expected reduction in consumption should generate serious savings, with a 20% reduction in the European energy bill. At the household level, these hopes should materialize in savings of 278 euros per year.

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