MP discusses how home heating bills could be cut on visit to Viessmann UK
Telford MP sees world-class heating and cooling technologies and discusses current UK energy policy
Lucy Allan, the MP for Telford, visited the headquarters of Viessmann UK to see some of the world’s most energy-efficient heating, cooling and industrial energy products, and to discuss the current status of energy policy in the UK and the impacts on household bills.
Viessmann recently submitted proposals to Government to ensure the efficient operation of existing gas boilers through simple measures such as weather compensation and system balancing. These could reduce heating bills by as much as £65 per household per year, save the UK about £0.6bn per year in gas imports, reduce harmful CO2 emissions by 2.2 million tonnes every year, and make a five percent contribution to the total carbon reductions the UK is legally obliged to meet between 2018 and 2022.
From the base in Telford, Viessmann products are installed across the UK and Ireland. While touring the site, Lucy chatted with some of the 95 employees and looked at the facilities which train about 2000 installers every year.
The MP was shown Viessmann’s minimal-emission heating systems for oil and gas, as well as solar thermal systems, wood combustion systems, heat pumps, and CHP (combined heat and power) systems. She was additionally given a preview of a gas absorption heat pump and a fuel cell, technologies so new that they are not yet on sale.
The MP also talked about Viessmann’s active support of BESST (Business Environmental Support Scheme for Telford), which has included providing advice to members on how to lower fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions.
Viessmann marketing director Darren McMahon commented: “This was a welcome opportunity to meet our MP and to share a look at the latest technologies and some existing ones, which can improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses not just here in Telford, but throughout the country.”
Commenting on the visit, Lucy said: “It’s great that a company like Viessmann is based in Telford. Manufacturing is a key part of the Telford economy and provides job opportunities to many people. Telford is fantastic place to do business “I was particularly interested to hear Viessmann’s proposals on improving the efficiency of existing gas boilers. Heating bills for many people represent a major outgoing with some people having to choose between ‘heating or eating’ bringing bills down as much as possible can only be a good thing. It was estimated in Telford in 2013 that around 10% were in fuel poverty.”