Baxi has launched Ecogen – a boiler that generates electricity whilst providing heat and hot water for your home.
The Ecogen micro-CHP (combined heat and power) unit will be available exclusively from British Gas from April 2010.
Households with an Ecogen boiler could expect to save at least £600 a year on energy bills by selling electricity back to the national grid through a feed-in tariff. The average payback time for the unit installed in an three-bedroomed semi-detached house would be around eight years.
The exact price of the boiler will be determined by a number of factors, such as individual characteristics of the property and the current central heating setup. British Gas will conduct free home assessments and provide interested customers with a fixed price quote.
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Ecogen boiler creates electricity
Baxi Group CEO Mark Kelly said: ‘Baxi Ecogen heralds the most important step-change for the home heating industry since the condensing boiler.
‘This is the first, wall-hung micro-CHP unit. In addition to being available for private homes, it can be specified by local authorities, housing associations and private developers. Baxi Ecogen is a unique, world-class technology for the 21st century home.’
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How can the Baxi Ecogen saves money
Households will receive 10pkWh for all electricity generated, and from April 2010 any unused electricity can be exported back to the national grid and earn a further 3pkWh.
British Gas will do a calculation prior to installation to check whether the Ecogen would be suitable and economically viable for your property. The good news is that VAT is only 5%.
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