Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Redcar care home introduces heat pump to save on fuel bills

    Castle Dene Care Home in Redcar is fitting a £60,000 eco-friendly ground source heat pump in an effort to lower its fuel bills.

    Yorkshire Renewable Energy Solutions will lay a number of shallow pipes, which will utilise heat from below the ground's surface to provide hot water, the centre's owner Steven Hudson telling the Evening Gazette that expensive fuel costs prompted the move.

    "A ground source heat pump is something I'd been thinking about for a while. With all the uncertainty in the Middle East, who knows what will happen to fuel costs," Mr Hudson stated.

    He went on to say that the £60,000 invested in the equipment should repay itself in between five and seven years.

    Specialists in the heating industry will be able to explore some of the sector's latest innovations, such as new heat pumps, at the ACR show, which has now been confirmed as a biennial event.

    Jan Thorpe, director of the event, told Heatingandventilating.net that the 2012 show received "extremely pleasing" feedback.

  • SMP Acquisitions adopts new energy efficiency policy

    SMP Acquisitions has announced that it will adopt a new energy efficiency policy, which will be fully introduced by the second quarter of 2012.

    It is believed that the move will lead to decreased operating costs and an improved business reputation, as the work will enable the business to amend inefficiencies and grow in a sustainable way.

    Scott Pattrick, managing director of SMP Acquisitions, said: "Understanding our energy usage was the first step. Now that we know which processes and equipment use the most energy we can put practices in place to reduce the amount of energy used."

    Mr Pattrick explained that customers have responded well to the initiative, with the firm gaining more recognition in the sales and marketing industry.

    Elsewhere, Peterborough Today has reported that Morris Holmes has been put forward for a national award, after it built an environmentally-friendly building in the town.

    It was nominated in the Cut the Carbon category of the 2012 Building Awards.

  • Unregistered gas fitter sentenced after illegal work

    A gas fitter has been sentenced after he was found to have installed and illegally serviced equipment which could have put the tenants of a Wrexham property in danger.

    Neil Lloyd now faces a 12-month community order, which includes 150 hours of unpaid work, and has to pay costs of £500 in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    Mr Lloyd was not an accredited Gas Safe engineer when he completed the work, and the HSE was alerted to the issue after a qualified expert noticed that the flue was left unsealed.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Debbie John said: "Mr Lloyd was fully aware of the legal requirement for gas fitting work to only be carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer, yet he inspected the gas installation and declared it was satisfactory.

    Last month, the HSE fined Ascot resident Phillip Payne after he was found to have completed gas work at The Swinley pub when he was not registered with Gas Safe.

  • Unregistered gas fitter sentenced after illegal work

    A gas fitter has been sentenced after he was found to have installed and illegally serviced equipment which could have put the tenants of a Wrexham property in danger.

    Neil Lloyd now faces a 12-month community order, which includes 150 hours of unpaid work, and has to pay costs of £500 in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    Mr Lloyd was not an accredited Gas Safe engineer when he completed the work, and the HSE was alerted to the issue after a qualified expert noticed that the flue was left unsealed.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Debbie John said: "Mr Lloyd was fully aware of the legal requirement for gas fitting work to only be carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer, yet he inspected the gas installation and declared it was satisfactory.

    Last month, the HSE fined Ascot resident Phillip Payne after he was found to have completed gas work at The Swinley pub when he was not registered with Gas Safe.

  • Energy map aims to reduce bills in Nottingham homes

    A new energy tool has been introduced in Nottingham in an effort to help residents make substantial savings on their energy bills.

    Entitled the Nottingham Energy Calculator, the system enables people to discover the financial savings which could be gained by introducing measures such as insulation, double glazing and new boilers among flue accessories.

    Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council's portfolio holder for energy and sustainability, said: "Our energy tools are an innovative way of tackling the need to reduce the city's carbon emissions, increase the energy independence of the city and help our citizens save money on their energy bills."

    Mr Clark added that the Nottingham Energy Calculator will assist in raising awareness of the measures which citizens can take to boost the heating of their homes.

    The remarks come after a specialist from Revitaglaze.com advised that window films can help to bring savings on energy bills.

    Paul Cousineau, sales and marketing director at the website, said that the equipment acts as a great way for clients to insulate their properties.

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