Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Biomass Facility to open in Kent

    Construction has begun on a £118 million Biomass facility in Sittingbourne, Kent with the idea that it will eventually generate up to 188 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year and heating energy for nearby industries.

    Biomass is organic matter (such as waste wood, plant materials and animal derivitives) that is processed to allow it to become used for electricity, fuel and heating purposes. A renewable source of energy, it has been used in various forms over thousands of years.

    This new facility is set to included the most state-of-the art technologies and have a high energy efficiency rating when it opens in 2015. Plans for similar facilities in Cheshire and Manchester are currently being discussed.

  • Gas Safety Tips for the home

    With instant hot water and central heating in the majority of our homes, it is easy to take for granted that our boilers, fires and stoves are safe to use.  

    Use these tips for gas safety in the home and ensure that your appliances remain safe to use:

    1. Always use a Gas Safety registered engineer to fit, fix and service your gas appliances- it is against the law to allow non-registered people to do this.

    2. Always check the ID of the engineer, including the back of the card which states what they are trained to do.

    3. Have your boiler, gas cookers and other appliances safety checked every year.

    4. As well as smoke alarms, install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Carbon Monoxide poisoning kills over 50 people a year in the UK alone and is known as the "Silent Killer" as it has no odour, colour or taste. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and in severe cases, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

    5. Check for warning signs that your appliance may not be working properly. These include seeing yellow flames instead of blue ones, condensation in the room and black marks around the appliance. 

    6. Always use the appliance correctly for the right purposes. For example, do not use an outdoor gas-powered bbq to heat an inside room.

    7. Make sure air vents and air supplies are not blocked to allow the appliance to burn correctly. Ensure there is always enough air ventilation in the room where the appliance is being used.

    8. Report anyone who is falsely working without the correct registration. Advice on what to do if you some across this by calling the Gas Safety Register on 0800 408 5500.


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