Householders being ripped off with dodgy 'energy-saving' boiler upgrades — that make their boiler more expensive to run

A gas boiler inside a small room with white walls
Water circulators in boilers can be very energy-inefficient (Image credit: Getty)

Householders who bought upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of their boiler may actually be paying more for their energy because the parts are shoddy imports, an investigation has found.

The parts, manufactured in China, break energy efficiency regulations in the UK but have still found their way into people's homes, despite not being to the correct standard. This is due to the parts being sold to plumbers who then, often unknowingly, install them.

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