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Increasing competition, better informed customers

2015. february 09

HAJDU is ready for changes in legal regulations, and it constantly helps ensure customers are better informed.

In 2013, the European Commission set a 2-year grace period for manufacturers of boilers and hot water storage tanks to reduce energy consumption of these products and to introduce onto the market energy labelling displaying consumption, initially from September 2015 and with a gradual tightening of the rules up until 2019. The goal of the EU directive is to reduce energy consumption by 20%; to achieve this target they expect the abovementioned products to make a 25% contribution. In order to do this, in an increasingly competitive market manufacturers are working to develop new energy efficient equipment at a reasonable cost and applying innovation.

Innovators do better

The current domestic range of these products shows great variance as regards the efficiency of water heating, sound performance and idle loss. Implementation of legislation encourages market players through enforcement and continuous restriction: from next year some manufacturers may have to face the fact that their energy inefficient equipment is withdrawn from the market. As a responsible manufacturer, HAJDU is committed to the provision of information for traders and consumers, as well as continuous product development, thus the company’s products are not affected by legislative restrictions for several years. Amongst the sectoral players those will enjoy an advantage who candevelop faster, more cost efficiently in the lead-in time, and can sell their products at a competitive price. Those who cannot do this will be gradually squeezed out of the market. The expected increasing competition  will transform the market shares of manufactures. And all this to the extent that products of some market players are excluded on the basis of these legal regulations, and also as consumer preferences change, in which the price-value ratio takes priority. What does this mean for the consumer? As a result of continuous product development the technical content and design of products will change, and increasingly intelligent, environmentally-friendly and user-friendly products will appear. The end user who is aware of the new energy marking system, and is willing to give preference to more energy efficient products on this basis, can win a significant saving. Thus the smart users of new-build  properties and enterprises can reduce the burden on the environment while at the same time resolving the hot water supply, heating and even the cooling system of the real estate.

Pictograms help in orientation
Pictograms are used as designations for the new hot water and heating systems; these have an identical meaning for everyone. The customer is advised to assess three key designations: one is the categorization into water heating energy efficiency classes. Category ‘A’ (75-85% energy efficient) is awarded to heat pump boilers; if this boiler is connected to a solar system it receives a category ‘A++’ (150-170%). An average size electric boiler (35-40%), which is available on the market, receives ‘C’ categorization.
The second important orientation point for the consumer is the annual electricity energy consumption of a given boiler, which is indicated on the energy label in kWh or gigajoules. The end user can easily calculate with what average return the more expensive but more energy efficient boiler can be purchased. For example, an annual 250kWh difference between two products translates into a HUF 10,000 saving calculated at current flat rate costs.
The third designation concerns the energy output of the product. On the basis of the size, heating performance and the heat-up temperature of the boilers, there are new categories of S, M, L, X, XXL, from small to large, just as is seen in the clothing industry. Sizing from S to XXL indicates the water heating capacity from the small energy provision to the large, peaking with 3XL.
The production of more products utilizing renewable resources can be expected with the projected support of significant EU funding. Equipment (heat pump boilers, solar systems, energy saving boilers) conducive to the use of solar energy, environmental heating energy, as utilization of free energy, represents a shorter period of return of between 3-4 years.