The dreary unseasonal weather of our so-called summer has prompted many householders across the country to turn up their heating according to new research by one of the UK’s largest energy providers, npower.
During the summer months switching on the central heating would normally be unheard of. However it’s quite a different story this year as an npower survey has revealed.
Last month saw the wettest June since records began and consequently over the last four weeks half of the country has found themselves turning to some form of heating in an attempt to starve off the cooler weather. June’s unseasonal summer weather has seen 58% of older residents in the 55 and above age range turn up their heating. And July is showing no sign of drying up any time soon.
Usually at this time of the year most boilers are having a pretty quiet time of it, enjoying some much needed time off before winter hits. However with many central heating systems still switched on in July, npower is appealing to homeowners to make sure their boilers are in tip top condition, working both safely and efficiently.
“The weather over the last couple of months has seen many people in the UK reaching for the heating controls and so it’s important that heating systems are well maintained so they are ready to spring into action when needed,” commented npower Customer Marketing Manager, David Bond.
With autumn not too far off, npower has launched a new package which combines their Bill Saver Energy Tariff with a discounted central heating care offer for new customers to take advantage of. Normally £15 per month, customers will be able to benefit from unlimited call outs and parts and labour – as long as the boiler isn’t beyond economic repair – for just £10 a month for the first 12 months. The offer is only available to new customers signing up to their Bill Saver Tariff and until August 2013 will see annual charges achieving a 7% discount. The discount will only apply to new tariff customers in receipt of dual fuel.
“Signing up to a central heating care product now will keep systems protected over the summer and, crucially, ensures that come winter residents have access to a team of qualified engineers and a 24/7 helpline should anything go wrong,” added Mr Bond.
The package also comes with an annual boiler service and safety check, normally worth £99. The offer expires on 30 July 2012.