OFTEC energy savings drive supported by SEAI

With many Irish households unaware of the significant savings they could be making on their energy bills, OFTEC is urging consumers to book a professional boiler service that could reduce fuel bills by as much as 10%, saving you up to €150 per year.*

Recognising that over 600,000 homes in Ireland use oil as their main heating source in Ireland, OFTEC, which represents the oil installation and servicing industry has produced a series of short, practical videos to help keep households safe and cut bills.

This campaign is very timely with a recent study showing that Ireland is set to be hit hardest by Brexit.** The OFTEC videos aim to arm consumers with tips to make their budgets go further.

The campaign not only focuses on cost and energy savings but reinforces the importance of home heating and oil tank safety to protect homes and the environment.

The new campaign will see OFTEC registered technicians raising awareness amongst consumers of responsible steps that can be taken to protect homes and ensure storage tanks are fit for purpose.

Tom Halpin, SEAI Head of Communications said, “We welcome this initiative from OFTEC highlighting the importance of boiler servicing by appropriately trained and qualified personnel. A properly serviced boiler is safer and more reliable which gives homeowners peace of mind. Plus, because it is more efficient it will save you money as well. Regularly servicing your boiler is as important as regularly servicing your car. And choosing the right person to do it is equally important.”

David Blevings, Head of OFTEC Ireland, commented, “Feedback from technicians indicate that many households unfortunately only get their boiler cleaned, rather than serviced. An OFTEC registered technician will ensure your boiler is serviced correctly using a flue gas analyser which is the only instrument that can detect carbon monoxide. In addition, you will receive a CD11 report advising you of what work has been done, the efficiency level of your boiler and any recommendations to improve your heating system. We are delighted to work together with the SEAI in Ireland to bring this message to households, with the independent body reinforcing the importance of using an OFTEC registered technician to ensure a reliable service.

“Organisations such as OFTEC exist to reassure consumers that their home is in good hands. Technicians all have an identification badge with the OFTEC logo clearly visible to enable customers to easily ascertain if the technician is registered.”

For more information and to view the videos, visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCirzg7kbVhwVupsVK7Ju8IA

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* SEAI (2017) http://www.seai.ie/Power_of_One/Heat_Your_Home_For_Less/
** The Times (2017) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ireland-will-be-hit-hardest-by-brexit-q6bvq57rf