Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Redditch swimming pool heating plans backed by Commons

    Innovative plans to warm a Redditch swimming pool with heat sourced from a local crematorium has been supported by the House of Commons.

    Sir George Young, leader of the House of Commons, lauded the scheme, describing it as "groundbreaking" and announced that he is exploring whether similar projects could be conducted in other areas of the UK.

    He explained: "The Department of Energy and Climate Change will shortly be publishing its heat strategy and this will explore the potential for better recovery and reuse of wasted heat in schemes such as this one."

    Demonstrating his backing of the project, Sir George added that he would "die a happier man" if the plans were put in place.

    Elsewhere in the heating market, British Gas has announced that it will offer a £50 incentive to people who refer vulnerable residents to the company's free loft and cavity wall insulation.

    It has made the move in an effort to improve living standards for elderly and disabled homeowners in the country.

  • Sanctuary Group pilots new energy efficiency innovations

    Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is piloting a number of energy efficiency innovations among the flue accessories of its properties.

    It is hoped that these will demonstrate how C02 emissions can be substantially reduced, bringing thousands of pounds of savings on an annual basis. The measures will be implemented at three care homes and three student halls of residence, reports 24 Dash.

    Sanctuary Group's work to increase energy efficiency comes after it found that adding insulation, and fitting automatic taps and lighting could save over £50,000 a year.

    Ian McDermott, Sanctuary Group's chief operating officer, said: "As a provider of housing and accommodation we realise there is much we can do to help Britain meet its CO2 emissions reduction targets."

    Energy usage has also been put under the spotlight by Ofgem, with a spokesperson from the group saying that active engagement in the British energy market can help to make a difference to residents' energy bills.

  • UK organisations can 'save £400m' from efficient boiler use

    British organisations could save more than £400 million annually by taking simple actions to boost the efficiency of their boilers, a study has indicated.

    Heating and hot water represents more than one-third of UK businesses' energy consumption, as well as up to 60 per cent of the carbon emissions from some industrial processes in the country, according to research by the Carbon Trust.

    Richard Rugg, director of Carbon Trust programmes, said: "Heating water uses a huge amount of energy so if you want to cut your bill and boost your bottom line, checking your boiler is not a bad place to start."

    In order to lower energy bills, the Carbon Trust has advised that organisations should conduct boiler maintenance and install effective water treatment.

    Such guidance could be helpful due to the costs associated with winter weather, especially since a study from MoneySupermarket has found that February's cold weather means that residents will be spending a collective £1.6 billion on their energy bills.

  • Boilers over 8 years old 'should be replaced'

    Boilers that are more than eight years old must be replaced by homeowners to ensure their own safety, one expert has stressed.

    Those who have boilers which have been in operation longer than this period of time should instead seek a new condensing model, while radiators should be fitted with thermostatic radiator valves.

    Oliver Heath, eco design consultant at, also noted that insulation is important for homeowners.

    Mr Heath explained: "If you are doing up your home, first of all think about insulation. New insulation is always important and the best place you can spend your money."

    Residents can also make their home more eco friendly by preventing draughts, he remarked.

    Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, recently claimed that a VAT reduction on home improvements could encourage more people to improve the energy efficiency of their home.

    Mr Leech argued that residents now have to pay "through the nose" to boost their property's sustainability.

  • Aberdeen City Council announces insulation scheme

    Property owners in Aberdeen might be able to benefit from lower heating costs after the council announced a free home insulation scheme for all of its residents.

    Aberdeen City Council claims that householders could save up to £250 per year on their energy bill, easing the pressure on those who rely on a woodburner to keep their abode warm.

    Applications need to be sent before the end of March, although if the fund runs out before then the scheme will be stopped.

    Anyone who lives in the Aberdeen City Council area, whose property has less than 200mm of existing insulation can apply.

    Insulation can play an important part in keeping heat within a property, which is imperative with the current cost of fuel.

    Gas and electricity bills have recently rocketed, although a number of the major providers announced cuts for later this year.

    Tenants are reminded that they need consent from their landlord in order to have the work carried out.

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