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Thursday, 27 August 2020 08:58

Householders in Midlands in trial to remedy nation's draughty unblocked chimneys

Across England there are 9 million fireplaces which are not permanently blocked. Often equivalent to keeping a window open at all times, an unblocked chimney can add significant cost to the typical heating bill as warm air escapes up through the chimney and into the atmosphere.

Chimella, a draught proofing measure, has been approved by the UK Government for a major demonstration project in households which will monitor and document the savings from installation of a chimney umbrella in eligible homes.

chimnella caption2The trial which is in partnership with an energy supplier will see installation of this energy saving solution in 130 homes in the Midlands this winter. Performance of the product will be monitored and reported upon by a team comprising the Energy Saving Trust, Build Test Solutions Ltd and Ecuity Consulting LLP.

The proposed trial was granted approval by energy regulator Ofgem this month with agreement that the Chimella chimney draught excluder should be included as part of the Government's Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Commenting on launch of the project, Inventor of Chimella, Simon Wild commented: 'The innovative design of the Chimella provides a low cost, versatile solution to seal up draughty chimneys, improving air tightness and reducing energy demand. The Chimella is a strong, robust product which is quick to install.

"A key difference between a Chimella and other chimney draught excluders is the ability to remove the product and use the chimney as normal with the click of a button. We are very proud to be recognised as one of the future solutions to helping reduce heat loss in fuel poor homes and making an instant impact on energy efficiency and carbon savings for the environment. We look forward to working on the project."

The Energy Saving Trust is leading on recruiting homes for the trial and analysing the data that will be collected. The Energy Saving Trust is a leading independent and impartial organisation that promotes energy efficiency in homes.

SIGN UP TO THE INITIATIVE
If you have an open chimney, a smart meter and live in the Midlands, complete a short 5 minute survey to find out more about how you can receive a free energy saving Chimella and open up to a warmer home: https://response.questback.com/energysavingtrust/Chimella

This product trial is part of a research project for Ofgem, the UK Government's energy regulation department. If you sign up you will be entered into the £100 cash prize draw. If you are selected for the product trial, you will get a free Chimella worth £75 and a guaranteed £25 bonus prize.

The project team will be recruiting 130 households in the Midlands to participate in a trial to verify the energy bill savings. Each home will be fitted with a Chimella and their energy use monitored over the 2020/21 heating season.