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OFTEC and the Green Deal Fund Extension (article update)

The Green Deal initiative is a scheme backed by the UK Government which is designed to help homeowners and businesses cut down on their emissions and save money on their energy bills. Applicable to any home and business premises in England, Scotland and Wales that is fitted with an electricity meter, the scheme works by giving homeowners and business owners the opportunity to have any efficiency improvements required carried out, but with only a small percentage of the installation costs paid upfront. The savings allow homeowners to gradually pay back the loan using the savings made on the energy bills. When…

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Top Tips for Your Household Radiators

Keeping your radiators in top condition is vital for getting the most out of your system, but it can be difficult to keep this condition as a constant, which is why this article will run through some of the best ways to look after your radiators.   Painting It may seem like a rather innocuous issue, but being careful with the number of layers of paint on your radiator is important to ensuring the efficiency of your radiator. The more layers there are, the less efficient your radiator will be. It is also very difficult to remove layers of paint from…

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Water Treatment for Central Heating Systems

Central heating systems are used on a nearly daily basis by people around the world, and like any other system, it is liable to encounter faults over time, especially if you have it for a significant number of years. However, there are a number of ways you can treat your system to maximise its performance and minimise the possibility of faults. Water treatment is a very effective method of caring for your system and coupled with various other factors it can significantly enhance the performance and lifespan of your central heating. Building Regulations, British Standards and the majority of boiler manufacturers…

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Problem Solving: Central Heating

From time to time, you will encounter some issues with your central heating that can be quite a nuisance, particularly in the colder months of the year. Being able to spot a problem early can save you a lot of time, money and hassle by rectifying the issue before it causes too much damage to your home or building. Faulty Radiators Checking your radiator can be a very effective way to determine the nature of a fault in your home. A common problem is air pockets forming in the top of your radiator, which stops hot water from reaching that section….

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Having a New Gas Appliance Fitted?

When the time comes that a gas appliance in your home needs to be replaced, the installation of a new one can be quite a complicated process, especially if you don’t know what you should be looking for in the first place. This article will look into the key points that you need to remember when it comes to having a new appliance fitted, and will hopefully make the installation go as smoothly as possible. The installation of your new appliance is something that should be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered professional. It is a very delicate task, especially as…

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Ways to Save on Heating

With rises in energy costs being national news recently, more and more focus is being placed on energy efficiency and saving money on your heating bills. While we may be approaching summer and your heating may not be required as much, there are still steps you can take to save yourself some money and avoid any nasty surprises on your bills. Turn your thermostat down This may seem like it goes without saying, but it is easy to forget to turn your thermostat off when it is not needed. By turning your thermostat down by 10 degrees when you go to…

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What is a Powerflush?

Over time, your central heating system will collect a build-up of materials such as sludge and rust within it, which can hamper the efficiency of the system. A powerflush is a cleaning process that is designed to remove these materials, allowing your central heating to return to an efficient state. This article will detail the key points of a powerflush, so you can be aware of your options should your central heating system encounter a problem. How it works A powerflush uses a high flow, low pressure pumping system in conjunction with high strength chemicals to eliminate the build-up of materials…

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About The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is a scheme introduced by the government to encourage people to make use of renewable heat in their home. By using the scheme correctly, homeowners will receive quarterly payments for seven years in accordance with the amount of green renewable energy their homes produce. The scheme is open to anyone who meets the joining requirements. Not every heating system is eligible for the scheme, so it is important that anyone who wants to join is sure that their system meets the requirements. Eligible systems are: • Biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves • Air source heat…

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Water Heater Leaking: What Should You Do?

When it comes to water heater leaks in your home or office, there is never a convenient time for it to happen: they can happen at any time, regardless of the age of your property or plumbing system. However, while you can never be totally prepared for a water heater leak, you can make sure you know what to do if you are unfortunate enough to experience one. This article will detail some of the key points you need to keep in mind if you do discover a leak to keep damage at a minimum. Turn Off the Water Supply If…

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