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  • Gas Safety Campaign Saves Lives

    New figures from a campaign for gas safety, directed in the North-West of England, have revealed it has saved many lives. 

    Since October 2012, the Gas Safety Register has conducted over 1,500 checks on gas appliances across the region and found that 17% (one-in five) were found to be unsafe and if left unchecked, potentially could have caused gas explosions, fires or carbon monoxide leaks.

    Chief executive of the Gas Safety Register, Russell Kramer, said: “Gas safety is a life or death matter. This is therefore a really important campaign, as residents across the North-west can find out how unsafe their area is and take action to protect themselves.

    “By signing up to have an annual safety check and following a few simple tips, people can avoid explosions, fires, gas escapes and carbon monoxide poisoning, which has already affected far too many people across the North-west in recent years.”

    Make sure you are gas safe and have your gas appliances checked annually by a fully registered gas safety installer. Also consider installing a Carbon Monoxide Detector in your home, which you can buy directly from Flue Supplies, as carbon monoxide gas (known as the "Silent Killer") has no colour or smell and is undetectable without one.

    Quoted from: https://www.hvnplus.co.uk/8644378.article

  • UK Energy Strategy

    UK Secretary of State, Edward Davey, has discussed the country's energy efficiency strategy at the Ecobuild 2013 conference in London.

    He suggested that the problems are not just going to disappear overnight and that it's going to be a long-term transformation to make the UK a more energy efficient country. By working together on the Green Deal, Davey said that the Government and industry can "help people struggling with rising energy costs; to help get the economy moving again; and to be part of the climate change solution.”

    Davey remarked that the UK building stock is currently responsible for over 40% of the country's overall greenhouse gas emissions. He commented that the percentage needs to come down if the UK is to help climate change which will only get worse if nothing is done to stop it. Davey said, "Energy efficiency and demand reduction are only a part of the response, but they’re a very important part. If we get this right, as my Department’s Carbon plan sets out, we could reduce carbon emissions from buildings by between a quarter and two-fifths by the middle of the next decade. This will go a long way to making sure Britain is part of the climate change solution, and not part of the problem.”

    Davey added that his department "awarded £22 million to support energy efficiency projects in more than 150 English local authorities and cities" and that the actions of the Green Deal are going to be published regularly so that a clear indication of what is being done to tackle these issues is widely available and updated to all.


  • Energy bills rise as British Gas reveal huge profit

    British Gas have revealed a whopping 11% profit for last year after the harsh winter weather forced homeowners to turn up the heating to keep warm.

    This is after they upped their prices last November by 6.5% and experts now predict a further increase of £100 costs per month for customers, pushing more and more people into fuel poverty.

    A spokesperson from Consumer Action Group, Marc Gander, said: “It is disgusting to make this huge sum of money while forcing customers to pay so much more to keep their homes warm.

    “But customers are stuck with it as there is very little competition. However, enough is enough.”

    Executive director of Which?, Richard Lloyd, said: “The Government should take more radical action to provide not just simpler but fairer bills.

    “Prices will only be kept as low as possible if there is more effective competition and switching between energy companies.”

    A spokesperson from British Gas, Ian Peters, insists the profit was due to the severe winter weather, not from increasing the costs of energy bills.

    Quoted from: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/380749/As-British-Gas-makes-huge-profit-energy-bills-set-to-rocket-by-100
  • Energy prices set to soar- and keep on rising

    According to Alistair Buchanan, head of energy watchdog, Ofgem, energy prices will continue to rise in Britain for at least the next five years due to rising worldwide gas prices and insufficient renewable energy sources.

    With many of our power stations set to close in the next few years, and no new plants being built at present, Buchanan claims it is likely that sources are going to be “very tight in three years’ time”.

    Buchanan believes that part of the problem lies in the UK’s environmental obligations to “decarbonise” the energy industry, made before the economic crisis, resulting in larger costs to build plants able to create the greener energy required.

    In order to solve this problem, Buchanan suggests that the Government need to provide incentives to encourage more people to use programmes such as the Green Deal and “facilitate a revolution in consumer habits”.

    In agreement, Mike O’Connor, chief executive of Consumer Focus, also suggests that the solution lies in making existing homes more energy efficient; “We need to do more to ensure our homes do not leak energy and we are calling on the Government to use the funds they raise in carbon taxes to insulate our houses to modern standards.”

    To help keep your energy bills down, why not consider installing a wood burner in your home and insulating any existing chimney stacks? Call Flue Supplies on 0844 800 6586 for information on how to install a wood burner and the type of system you may need to start making your home more energy efficient.

    (Quoted from an article in The Independent by Oliver Wright: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/energy-in-the-uk-the-coming-crunch-8501731.html)
  • By Installing a Woodburner, Norfolk couple save £££s!

    Paul and Susan Page from Norfolk are a part of the Superhomes movement and have made dramatic savings by making small changes to their home.

    Before making their renovations, the Pages were spending up to £1000 a year on heating oil. By rescuing waste wood from skips on building sites, their four-bedroomed bungalow is now heated by a woodburner which fuels both central heating and hot water.

    Other changes they have made include installing solar panels on the roof, insulating their walls and loft, installing a rain water collection tank and they even have a small wind turbine which also helps to generate power.

    For more information about how you can make your home save you super amounts of money, visit https://www.superhomes.org.uk/

    From: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk_couple_show_how_to_cut_your_heating_bills_to_nothing_and_get_the_power_companies_to_pay_you_every_quarter_1_1953376

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