Flue Liners (Gas Fires)

  • Chimney Fire Safety Week

    chimneyfireweekChimney Fire Safety Week, which started this week, provides a timely reminder to make sure your chimney is ready for the winter .

    The Office of National Statistics refers to a chimney fire as any fire in an occupied building where the fire was confined within the chimney structure. In the year 2013-2014 there were just 7,700, a decline of 18% (9,400) from the year previous. This decline is a positive step and proves how increased awareness of the causes of chimney fires can prevent major damage to homes, especially since the sales and installations of stoves and log burners has increased over the last few years.

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  • uSwitch warns consumers over rising price of 'cheap energy'

    Householders should look to compare energy prices and cut their bills after ScottishPower pushed up its online prices.

    The energy provider has pulled its Online Fixed Price Energy July 2013 deal, costing £1,055-a-year, and replaced it with Online Fixed Price Energy August 2013, which will result in charges of £1,086-a-year on average.

    Emma Bush, energy expert at uSwitch, said that this move from ScottishPower follows Ovo Energy's recent price hike, putting consumers under more financial pressure.

    "The fact is that small suppliers and the competitive online plans offered by the big six are usually where you first see signs of trouble ahead. Online plans are always competitive, but because they are so keenly priced they are also the first to reflect any volatility in the market, which is why we have started to see online prices creeping up," she added.

    Rising energy prices will increase the pressure on financially-stricken families, with many having to cut costs in other areas or go without heating in order to afford to live.

  • Prince Charles teased by sons for saving money on heating

    Prince Charles has revealed that his sons tease him for looking to cut down on the heating bill.

    He has admitted that he keeps an eye on the environment by reducing the thermostat while he also recycles old curtains and turns them into cushions at his royal residence.

    Princes William and Harry have taken great delight in their father's thriftiness, pulling his leg over his refusal to throw things away.

    "They say, 'Oh, he's on again'. But you never quite know with your children, do you. I don't mind keeping the heating down as long as I can have a hot bath. I think I have inherited it from Queen Victoria, who also liked sitting in a draft," said Prince Charles.

    It appears that the cost of energy has affected even the royal family, with the price of heating a home having risen out of sight over the past few years.

  • Prince Charles teased by sons for saving money on heating

    Prince Charles has revealed that his sons tease him for looking to cut down on the heating bill.

    He has admitted that he keeps an eye on the environment by reducing the thermostat while he also recycles old curtains and turns them into cushions at his royal residence.

    Princes William and Harry have taken great delight in their father's thriftiness, pulling his leg over his refusal to throw things away.

    "They say, 'Oh, he's on again'. But you never quite know with your children, do you. I don't mind keeping the heating down as long as I can have a hot bath. I think I have inherited it from Queen Victoria, who also liked sitting in a draft," said Prince Charles.

    It appears that the cost of energy has affected even the royal family, with the price of heating a home having risen out of sight over the past few years.

  • Sheffield heating bills go up by 75%

    Families in Sheffield have been left fuming after their heating bills went through the roof.

    Some have risen by up to 75 per cent, meaning that they are paying around £400 more than what they did last year.

    The increases affect those who are warmed by the district heating system, with bills being handed out to households on Thursday morning (April 12th), reports the Sheffield Star.

    Sallyanne Lomas, a single working mum, told the newspaper that her bill has gone up by 44 per cent.

    "This is extortionate. I can understand the cost of fuel has risen, and if it was a couple of pounds more, even £10 a month, that would be fine. But nearly £30 a month is ridiculous. Like many other people I have had a pay freeze. With other utilities on the rise how do they expect people to make ends meet?" she said.

    Many in Sheffield would have been hoping that they are part of the 25 per cent of people who receive an incorrect bill from their energy provider.

    A recent report from uSwitch.com showed that this has happened on more than one occasion to 14 per cent of households.

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