As part of our ongoing commitment to offering our clients the best advise and service in this increasingly changing and confusing market we have teamed up with Heating & Hotwater Industry Council. Benchmark is the Nationally recognised scheme that places responsibilities on both Manufacturers and installers to ensure Best Practice in the installation, Commissiioning and Servicing of domestic heating and hot water products in line with Building Regulations in England and Wales. HHIC have a great advise page which you can access from the link below, very useful when researching your options. http://www.centralheating.co.uk/heating-advice
E.C.A Plumbing & Heating are registered with Warmfront www.warmfront.co.uk and A1 LCS (Low Carbon Solutions) www.a1-lcs.co.uk It can be time consuming to access grants available. IT IS ALWAYS WORTH CHECKING whether you are looking to switch fuel sources or are eligible for energy efficient grants. E.C.A can offer you the correct advice and hold your hand during the application process. We have helped many of our Customers access the grants and funding and saved them money. Please contact us for free advice and support.
The HSE has launched their new microsite as a one-stop-shop to help Landlords understand what they should be doing to keep tenants safe. Being Landlords ourselves and having many Landlord clients, we know how important it is to have happy and SAFE tenants. We would never live with ourselves should anything happen because we had forgotten or been ignorant in understanding ALL of our responsibilites.. The HSE has launched the site www.hse.gov.uk/gas/landlords to address the potential lack of information available especially to new Landlords - check it out it breaks down the information into sections so if you are busy you can skip over the things you know and get right to the things you are not quite sure about - we like it and dont forget if you need any gas safety checks to give us a call.
This blog post is provided by Tom Holden from Green Zone Consultants. Tom has compiled these 4 simple tips to help save money at home. For approx a one off investment of less than £100 in total these tips could save you around £550 per year. Now that is what we call a RETURN ON INVESTMENT.
An aerating shower head reduces the amount of water used without reducing the quality of the shower you get, cutting water and heating costs. Shower heads start at around £20 and can be fitted in minutes. Average saving for a 2 person household estimated to be £80 per year.
By insulating some key parts of your central heating system you could save around £45 a year off your heating bills. If you have a hot water tank that isn't insulated or any hot water pipes going in and out of it you could be throwing money out of the window. For a very small investment e.g. £30 and a little time you could have it sorted.
We all know that energy saving light bulbs are more efficient, but how much could they save you in terms of money, and are they worth the extra cost? For an average 2 bedroom house with just 20 ordinary 60W bulbs, the cost of the electricity they use over a year is around £150. If all these bulbs were replaced with their energy saving alternatives rated at 11W each the annual cost could be reduced to around £30. A no brainer when you look at it like that! And remember energy saving bulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, yet another reason to swap old bulbs now !!
A major cost for most of us today is fuel for our cars. With more and more time spent driving on motorways these days, there are a few things we can do to improve fuel econo my.
Stick to 60mph rather than 70mph, you will notice an increase in fuel economy without adding too much time to your journey
Make sure you are not carrying around more weight than necessary - declutter the boot but remember to keep the spare wheel !!
Look in your manual to find the correct tyre pressure. Make sure tyres are pumped up to the Manufacturers recommended pressures. Flat tyres can reduce fuel economy by up to 10%. Also important to remember under-inflated tyres and dangerous and wear out quicker too.
For more tips on Economical driving visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Travel
Take all these simple, cost free steps and you could improve fuel economy by anywhere from 10 - 20%.
Green Zone Consultants specialise in helping people improve their energy efficiency as much as possible with as little effort and outlay as possible! Tom will prepare a plan for you to work to so you can get started saving money and the environment. Head to www.greenzoneconsultants.com and book an audit now!
Quote the code GZC20 when booking to get a 20% discount off any audit - offer ends on the 30th June.
South Staffs Water and E.ON have teamed up to offer Customers the chance to save money and water - visit www.south-staffs-water.co.uk/SAVE or call 0845 371 1689 (Quoting reference SSW2) to claim your FREE saving pack. Orders will be despatched after 01st April 2010.
CPA1 Accreditation is required for Gas Installers to prove and demonstrate their ability and competence with regard to using a tool called a Flue Gas Analyser (FGA)
CPA1 is an extra competence and Safety check over and above ACS gas qualifications to ensure engineers who carry out Combustion Analysis as part of the Installation, Commission, Servicing and Maintaining of Gas Appliances can do so competently and with total regard for Health and Safety which could mean the difference between life and death where Carbon Monoxide and Gas Ommisions are concerned.
The real problem in the gas services industry has been and continues to be that until CPA1 existed there was no 'driving test' to demonstrate that engineers know how to use FGA's correctly.
There are approx 120,000 illegal gas safe workers operating in the UK.. http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/learn/illegal_gas_workers.aspx
Make sure you are GAS SAFE !!
To celebrate the arrival of our new Power Flush Machine we are offering a very special deal to anyone wanting to spring clean their Central Heating Systems and at the same time be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
For the whole of the Spring - March, April and May we are giving our Customer's a MASSIVE Saving. Power Flush, Service and Safety Check (including Landlord Certificate if applicable) all for £250 including VAT.
What are the benefits of having your system cleaned?
Removal of sludge and debris from the system
Extends the life of the Boiler making it run at optimum efficiency
Improves the overall energy efficiency saving money on fuel bills
If you would like to book a Power Flush or want more information, please complete the request a call back form by emailing us here
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Spot the signs around your appliances Learn how to spot the signs of a Carbon Monoxide leak around your appliance. Fortunately, although you can’t see or smell Carbon Monoxide it’s easy to identify signs that indicate there may be a strong risk of it being produced. Simply look at your gas or heating appliances. Danger signs include:
You are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if:
THOUSANDS OF TRADESMEN ARE UNKNOWINGLY WORKING WITH ASBESTOS
As the HSE continues to run their "Hidden Killer Campaign", local Asbestos Consultants,
Qube Solutions Services have decided to offer low cost Asbestos Awareness Training.
This is aimed at ALL trades including the employed and self employed, to ensure that local business and trades people are aware of the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within their everyday working environment and to provide an overview of the legislative measures and controls that the employer must comply with to safeguard them.
Asbestos Awareness Training is a legal requirement to be carried out annually for those persons who are liable to disturb asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, or who may influence how work is carried out.
"Thousands of Tradesmen are unknowingly working with Asbetos"
Each week approximately 20 tradesmen die from this hidden killer, upto 3 plumbers, 6 electricians, 6 joiners die weekly from asbestos related disease.
The courses are being run at Centenary Business Centre in Nuneaton. The next course is on the morning of Wednesday 10th March and takes approximately two hours. For more information go to www.qube-uk.co.uk
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