Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • Carry out checks on tradesmen, expert advises

    Property owners should conduct checks on tradesmen before they are employed to work on appliances such as flue accessories, it has been advised.

    Many people will invite tradesmen into their property out of pure panic, as problems such as leaking pipes require fast attention, meaning they often employ people without understanding their skill level, according to a spokesman from TrustMark.

    Stuart Carter, head of PR and marketing at the company, said: "What is so amazing is when you think of some of the checks that we make when we look at taking out household insurance to make sure we get good value for money."

    Mr Carter continued by saying that TrustMark ensures that people have conducted the required background checks before specialists are allowed to work on properties.

    Sainsbury's Home Insurance revealed earlier this month that 6.2 million people have been affected by cowboy builders in the past five years. 

  • Carry out checks on tradesmen, expert advises

    Property owners should conduct checks on tradesmen before they are employed to work on appliances such as flue accessories, it has been advised.

    Many people will invite tradesmen into their property out of pure panic, as problems such as leaking pipes require fast attention, meaning they often employ people without understanding their skill level, according to a spokesman from TrustMark.

    Stuart Carter, head of PR and marketing at the company, said: "What is so amazing is when you think of some of the checks that we make when we look at taking out household insurance to make sure we get good value for money."

    Mr Carter continued by saying that TrustMark ensures that people have conducted the required background checks before specialists are allowed to work on properties.

    Sainsbury's Home Insurance revealed earlier this month that 6.2 million people have been affected by cowboy builders in the past five years. 

  • University graduate develops electricity from waste device

    A graduate from the University of Strathclyde has conceived a system that can turn waste heat into electricity and may be incorporated among the flue accessories of homes in the future.

    It is called Eco-Helix and was devised by Charles Urquhart. It can be connected to existing flue pipes, where it transforms thermal energy into electricity by channelling heat via a selection of fans, according to IBTimes UK.

    The device was developed as part of Mr Urquhart's final year project and hopes to gain more value from domestic heating systems.

    He believes that the tool can generate the electricity necessary to save a household up to £22 a year.

    Atmos Heating Systems has also demonstrated a new device for household heating.

    The company has built the Thermal Energy Storage and Saving Automobile, which is a Land Rover Freelander that features a prototype thermal energy storage and transfer system. 

  • University graduate develops electricity from waste device

    A graduate from the University of Strathclyde has conceived a system that can turn waste heat into electricity and may be incorporated among the flue accessories of homes in the future.

    It is called Eco-Helix and was devised by Charles Urquhart. It can be connected to existing flue pipes, where it transforms thermal energy into electricity by channelling heat via a selection of fans, according to IBTimes UK.

    The device was developed as part of Mr Urquhart's final year project and hopes to gain more value from domestic heating systems.

    He believes that the tool can generate the electricity necessary to save a household up to £22 a year.

    Atmos Heating Systems has also demonstrated a new device for household heating.

    The company has built the Thermal Energy Storage and Saving Automobile, which is a Land Rover Freelander that features a prototype thermal energy storage and transfer system. 

  • Wilkins Chimney Sweep set to open franchise locations

    The first three Wilkins Chimney Sweep locations are poised to open at the end of this year, as the flue liners for woodburners specialist expands its operations.

    Mark Frost, Dave Connolly and Steven Gallacher are the three franchise owners to sign up with the company, reports the Franchise Magazine.

    Mr Frost will run the company's Brighton and Worthing branch, while Mr Connolly will operate its Black Country store and Mr Gallacher will be in charge of Wilkins Chimney Sweep Cambridge.

    Louise Harris, franchise director at Wilkins Chimney Sweep, told the website: "Mark, Dave, Steven and Anne are all great characters and we are confident that following their training and with on-going support from us, they will be highly successful in their Wilkins Chimney Sweep franchise businesses."

    News of these franchises comes after This Is The West Country reported that South Somerset District Council has introduced new measures to lower its energy bills.

    Among these is a solar panel plan that hopes to generate around £15,000 in electricity and income from the government's feed-in tariff each year.

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