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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 3: Solar Water Heating

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 3: Solar Water Heating

Solar thermal systems are designed as a renewable source of water heat to help reduce the energy used to fuel your immersion heater. The panels are installed on a sun facing roof or wall to collect solar heat that will provide the majority of hot water requirements during the summer months and still make a significant contribution throughout winter.

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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 2: Biomass Boilers

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 2: biomass boilers

If you are considering installing a biomass boiler for your home or business, Ethical Consumer has compiled a guide to the most environmentally friendly biomass companies in the UK.

How much can you save by installing a Biomass Boiler?

Replacing your existing heating system with a Biomass boiler is most cost effective if you are replacing electric or a solid fuel heating. The savings that you could see would be between £170 and £390 per year.

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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 1: Gas Boilers

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 1: Gas Boilers

These findings from Ethical Consumer have rated the variety of heating systems available to find out which is the most energy efficient and green product to heat your home.

Energy Efficient Gas Boilers

According to UK law, all new boiler installations must be high efficiency condensing boilers. High efficiency condensing boilers can reduce your heating bill by up to 40% and CO2 emissions by 30%.

Compared to older boilers which were able to convert about 60% of the energy used into heat, a new condensing boiler will convert over 90% of fuel into heat.

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What is the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

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Installing Renewable Heating in your Home

What is the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The UK government introduced the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) as an incentive to encourage homeowners to switch to installing renewable heating systems. The scheme is designed to promote the use of naturally replenishable energy and reduce the total carbon emissions produced by UK households.

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive rewards properties which follow the guidelines set out for renewable heating installations by offering payments to homeowners for seven years on a quarterly basis for the amount of green energy that they produce.

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Removing an Airlock from a Central Heating System

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Removing an Airlock from a Central Heating System

If you discover that you have an air lock within your central heating system there are a number of methods that you can try before contacting a professional plumber. If you are able to remove the air lock yourself you can save the cost of calling a plumber out to fix the problem.

How Can I tell if there is an Air Lock in my Central Heating?

An air lock occurs when air gets trapped inside your heating system resulting in no heating. The most common cause of an air lock is that your radiators were recently drained and refilled in the wrong sequence or that air has entered the system somehow.

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Should I call an Emergency Plumber to help with a Gas Leak?

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Should I call an Emergency Plumber to help with a Gas Leak?

Not all plumbers are trained to deal with gas leaks and only an engineer who is Gas Safe registered should attend to this type of work.

There are many plumbers who are Gas Safe registered in your local area who can deal with the problem of a gas leak. If you want to be safe, be sure that you contact National Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999 and they will arrange for a Gas Safe engineer to fix your problem.

Why should I contact a Gas Safe Engineer if I smell gas?

Leaking gas in your home can be the cause of badly fitted gas boilers, fires or cookers. The effects of leaking gas in you home can cause nausea, dizziness, carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.

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Should I Ensure that I get an Annual Gas Boiler Servicing?

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Central Heating Maintenance

Should I Ensure that I get an Annual Gas Boiler Servicing?

Following a boiler installation or old boiler servicing, you should get it serviced again within 12 months to ensure that it is working correctly. This is a required service that homeowners must complete and many customers wish to understand why they should pay the extra cost.

Most gas boiler manufacturers advise that your boiler undertakes an annual boiler servicing to ensure that it remains operating efficiently. If you fail to carry out a boiler servicing by a Gas Safe registered engineer, you may find that your manufacturer guarantee becomes void.

Getting your boiler serviced on an annual basis requires additional money spent each year but the results of not having your boiler checked and serviced could become even more costly and result in loosing your guarantee, having to pay for costly repairs or a boiler replacement.

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Why should I invest in a power flushing of my heating system?

Understanding Power Flushing

Why should I invest in a power flushing of my heating system?

A central heating system which has been treated by a power flushing engineer can save up to 15% on energy costs than a system which has not been treated. For an average heating bill of £800, you could save £120 each year.

Power flushing your central heating system will offer your home an improved circulation of heat produced, a quicker hot water warming time, improvement in efficiency and a warmer home for less energy costs.

Having a power flushing service in your home will also reduce noise from your boiler and radiators whilst reducing emissions which are harmful to the environment.

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Wetroom Installation

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Wetroom Installation

Installing a wetroom as an additional bathroom offers an extra washing facility for guests and residents whilst also adding value to the property. Wetrooms have become a desirable feature for home buyers and is perfect for small bathroom installations where a bath or shower takes up too much floor-space.

There is a large selection of wetroom styles available, so whatever your individual taste may be, you can find the perfect wetroom for you. Wetrooms can be fitted into almost any home and designed to suit any interior home decor.

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How can power flushing improve my central heating system performance?

How can power flushing improve my central heating system performance?

Power flushing offers a solution to clearing out radiators, boilers and heating systems which are not performing well due to a silt or debris build up.

Power flushing forcibly clears the system using high velocity water at a low pressure. This allows for effective cleaning without causing damage to the system. Additional cleaning agents or chemicals can be added to improve the results.

What are the signs that my central heating requires a power flushing?

Your heating system probably requires a power flushing by a qualified plumbing engineer if you experience cold spots on your radiators, noise in your boiler or your heating is slow to heat up.
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