npower reveals Billericay is home to Britainís oldest boiler
npower hometeamís nationwide search for Britainís oldest boiler has come to an end with Colin Sadler from Billericay being revealed as the owner of the oldest boiler in the country.
While the floppy disk, the video cassette and Bananarama have all been and gone, Colin Sadlerís boiler has been quietly ticking along at his home in Essex since 1968 and is still going strong.
Colin had never given his boiler a second thought, until his wife Sue read in his local paper that npower hometeam was on the search for Britainís oldest system. It was then that he thought his old Crane Caviller boiler, that has been in his home since him and his wife moved in 28 years ago, may stand a chance.
Since the Governmentís boiler scrappage scheme launched in January, npower hometeam, which installs, services and repairs boilers, has overseen the replacement of hundreds of old, inefficient boilers across the country. Inspired by these discoveries, the company launched a nationwide hunt to find the oldest boiler and, out of over 100 entries, Colinís system was confirmed as the oldest.
He will now receive £3,000 towards a new A-rated energy efficient boiler and installation.
Colin commented: "When my wife and I moved into our home in 1982, the seller warned us the boiler was quite old, but we decided to keep it as it was in good working order. It wasnít until an engineer recently told us he was reticent to service it because it was so old that we thought it might be about time to have a new one.
ďThat said, when I entered it into the competition I certainly didnít think it would be the oldest one theyíd find. Itís done us proud for many years, but weíre looking forward to get a new energy efficient boiler, as I think this one has earned its retirement.Ē
Richard Cotton, head of sales for npower hometeam, commented: "Colinís boiler is a great example of some of the antique systems entered in to our competition. Itís a surprise to see a system still working after more than 40 years.
"But as with many older boilers, Colinís system is no longer in production, which can make it difficult to service as parts are no longer available. And the boiler itself is very inefficient compared to modern boilers which could save hundreds of pounds in heating bills.
"Weíre pleased to be able to provide Colin with help towards installing a new energy efficient boiler which will make a big difference to his energy bills and carbon footprint.
For customers who want to protect their current gas boiler, npower has a pioneering new boiler care service called npower hometeam 50. It offers boiler care including an annual boiler service usually worth £74 and repairs.
For more details of npower hometeamís new boiler installations or hometeam 50 visit www.npower.com/hometeam
Notes to editors:
npower hometeam installs, services and repairs boilers, in addition to offering a wide variety of heating cover options.
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market, serving over 238,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and around 17,000 industrial and commercial customers, with over 100,000 sites
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