Kinder to the bank balance and the environment

As we all look to make savings on our outgoings, boiler efficiency is high on the list for consumers, installers and the industry as a whole.

Firebird boilers

In the past, the boilers used in our homes typically had an efficiency of 60%, resulting in 40% of their energy being lost. Some of these older boilers are still in use in homes today.

Over the years Firebird has dedicated significant resources and invested heavily in developing products with increased fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and which use more renewable and sustainable fuel sources.

“Thanks to this drive towards innovation, Firebird now has the most efficient liquid fuel boilers on the market at 97.5% efficiency and NOx emissions as low as 60mg/kWhr, half the EU limits,” says Mark Doyle, Firebird’s general manager.

Findings from The Sutherland Tables in September 2022 show that by upgrading from a standard efficiency boiler in a house built in the 1980s to a high-efficiency Firebird condensing boiler, there can be average savings of £943 per year on heating bills. *

A recent Firebird Trustpilot reviewer stated: “My oil doesn’t go down as quickly, and it gets hotter more quickly.”

These savings would help alleviate the current pressure on households and businesses which have seen home heating oil almost double in price. Plus, by using less oil, these boilers are much kinder to the environment, as well as to the bank balance.

Firebird’s boilers are also fully compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). A viable and sustainable drop-in replacement to kerosene, HVO is fossil free and can reduce household emissions by up to 90%.

Leading the charge in innovation, Firebird has trialled and tested HVO in the UK and Ireland to prove that it can be implemented almost immediately. The conversion requires little or no modification to existing home heating systems and no significant investment beyond a small conversion cost, (approx. £400) to upgrade to a Firebird by Elco HVO burner.

Mark explains how the introduction of HVO for household and commercial boilers would be an instant game- changer for home heating: “There are 1.5 million or so homes with existing liquid fuel boilers in the UK with few other choices available for homeowners to adopt cleaner, greener heat solutions.

“HVO can work with any liquid fuel boiler and if used in homes, can potentially make these homes almost carbon neutral immediately. Our trials of HVO for home heating in the UK and Ireland have proven how household greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 90% with CO2 emissions decreasing by up to six tonnes annually, per home.”

He adds: “We passionately believe that we all have a part to play in reducing carbon emissions and we believe HVO is not the future, it’s the ‘now’. We’re continuing to innovate and drive more sustainable heating solutions that help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and future-proof their homes. Our responsibility to our customers and the environment is a key driver behind everything we do.”

Firebird’s manufacturing site in Ireland and offices in England and Northern Ireland are already fuelled by HVO and the benefits can be seen every day.

*Statements made by Firebird based on Sutherland Tables figures are the responsibility of Firebird, and do not reflect the views of Sutherland Tables.