Flue Supplies News

  • 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
  • New Rules for Gas Flues Introduced by the HSE

    At the beginning of the year, the Health and Safety Executive  introduced new rules regarding gas flues fitted in void spaces or behind walls or ceilings.

    From January, Gas Safe engineers have the authority to declare a boiler "at risk" if they have no ability to inspect and access the entire flue. Then, with householders permission, they have the right to turn off the system and advise households not to use the boiler until inspection hatches have been put into place.

    These rules will apply mainly to flats and apartments and so Landlords who own such properties, which usually have room-sealed fan assisted boilers, need to be aware of the new regulations. It will be the responsibility of the Landlord to ensure that these measures are put into place and an annual gas safety certificate is carried out.

    Hatches must be fitted within 1.5m of a join in the flue and must be a minimum of 300mm square.

    Quoted from https://www.onlineprnews.com/news/346449-1361176070-gas-safety-update-for-flue-in-voids-introduced-by-hse.html
  • Three people die in Carbon Monoxide Fatality

    Three people from Cornwall, an elderly couple and their daughter, have passed away following a Carbon Monoxide leak at their home.

    It is thought that the three adults, including their pet dog, died after poisonous fumes escaped from a portable heater in their static caravan.

    President and director of the independent charity CO-Gas Safety, Stephanie Trotter, said carbon monoxide is an incredibly lethal gas whereby "less than two per cent of CO (carbon monoxide) can kill in between one and three minutes".

    A Carbon Monoxide Alarm is designed to detect the presence of the odourless gas and alert a family in a similar fashion to how a smoke detector works in the event of a fire. The fire service have been trying to promote the use of carbon monoxide alarms in the home to the public, and particuarly holidaymakers in regards to the dangers of using portable BBQs and portable heaters. This is following a number of fatalities to holidaymakers over recent years, who have bought BBQ's or heaters into caravans or tents to keep warm.

    Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in this tradgedy.

    (Quoted from: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9890486/Cornwall-caravan-park-deaths-warnings-on-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-risks.html )
  • Carbon Monoxide- the silent killer

    From: https://www.hetas.co.uk/consumer/carbon-monoxide/

    Carbon Monoxide

    Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas that can be present in the fumes from the combustion of fuel’s which aren’t burnt under the correct conditions. Fuels such as gas, oil,  solid mineral fuel and biomass all have the potential to emit CO. The gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted making it difficult to detect.

    The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

    The early symptoms of CO poisoning are usually similar to common ailments such as upset stomach, tiredness and flu.

    The common symptoms can include:

    • Headaches
    • Breathlessness
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Dizziness or Collapse
    • Chest and/or stomach pains
    • Erratic behaviour and/or Visual problems

    Actions to take in a CO emergency

    • If you suspect fumes are escaping from your combustion appliance into your home, or your carbon monoxide alarm goes off.
    • If your appliance is automatically fed with fuel, turn the appliance off.
    • Open doors and windows to ventilate the building.
    • Leave the building immediately and don’t return until your appliance or boiler has extinguished and the air in the room is clear.
    • If you feel unwell go to your Doctor, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or, if it is urgent phone 999 for an ambulance. Tell them you feel your symptoms may be related to carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Before you reuse the appliance, have it serviced and the chimney swept by a HETAS registered installer or approved chimney sweep.
    • Do not use the appliance until you are told it is safe to do so.

    Protect yourself from CO

    • Have your appliance serviced and cleaned regularly by a HETAS registered installer.
    • Ensure your chimney is kept clear by having it swept at frequent intervals by a HETAS approved chimney sweep.
    • Make sure the installation complies with Building Regulations guidance. The guidance is there to protect you.
    • Fit an audible CO alarm conforming to BS EN 50291 and positioned in accordance with Building Regulations Approved Document J requirements.

    CO alarms should be regularly tested and should not be regarded as a substitute for regular maintenance of the appliance and chimney.

    Also, don't forget to test your smoke alarms too!

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