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How much do you know about Boiler Plus?

 Nov, 13 - 2017   Heating

We recently published an article on our blog about the forthcoming Boiler Plus scheme and policy. The response was huge and will continue to be discussed amongst everyone involved in the gas industry until Boiler Plus comes into play in April 2018.   How much do you know? As part...


What is Boiler Plus?

 Oct, 30 - 2017   Heating

A new piece of policy called Boiler Plus was announced on the 12th October 2017. It was issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The policy will form part of Building Regulations. It will also require a new minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in...


Heating Season Survey Results

 Oct, 06 - 2017   Heating

Our Survey Said…… We’ve recently conducted a survey to see what you’ve been doing to develop your business since last year’s heating season and how you were feeling about the future.   Busy Times Ahead Just over a third of those who responded were expecting to be busier this year...


Autumn checklist for heating engineers

 Aug, 30 - 2017   Heating

It’s been a funny summer, but with September just around the corner, it’s a good time for heating engineers to use what is traditionally a quieter time of year, to prepare for the busy months ahead. We’ve put together a check-list to help you get everything in order.   1.Qualifications...


Heating season 2017 – How has your business changed?

 Aug, 28 - 2017   Heating

As the heating season fast approaches, we’re looking to find out how the way you do business might have changed since last year. Have taken on new staff? Are you using new ways to promote yourself, such as social media? Have you undertaken any training in order to increase the...


Boiler Servicing While The Heating’s Off

 Apr, 20 - 2017   Heating

An annual boiler service is obviously a good idea in terms of gas safety, but it’s also an important step in maintaining an efficient heating system – one that many householders overlook unless they have a problem.  With the number of boilers in the UK numbering over 20 million, there...


Energy Company Obligation Reforms

 Feb, 14 - 2017   Heating

Thanks to recent changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), homes around the UK will get extra support to keep warm during the colder months. This means that ECO will make sure energy companies provide the necessary support those who struggle to meet their heating bills. Plans to extend the scheme from 03/17 to...


Low-Carbon Heat Policy

 Jan, 25 - 2017   Heating

OFTEC have said that the ‘Government must develop a more inclusive UK heat policy which addresses the key issues of energy efficiency and fuel poverty alongside efforts to reduce carbon emissions from heating in off-grid homes’. There’s supposedly 4 million UK households living in fuel poverty and this poverty much higher in...


Vaillant’s Warmth Week Campaign

 Jan, 17 - 2017   Heating

After such success in it’s 2015 and 2016 activity, Vaillant is again helping installers with its annual Warmth WeekTM campaign which raises awareness of its heating product Vaillant’s Warmth Week Campaign has been brought to the UK’s busiest train stations in the hope of spreading a bit of warmth and joy with its ‘Little...


BEIS Consultation – Complete the Future of Heat survey

 Dec, 13 - 2016   Heating

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is calling on heating installers to complete a short survey to help change the future of domestic heating! The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial strategy (BEIS) released a new consultation last week looking at how boiler installation regulations could be improved. ‘Heat...


Winter advice for consumers from APHC

 Nov, 29 - 2016   Heating

APHC is reminding consumers to use a qualified heating engineer. The Association of Plumbers & Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched a Winter Switch-on campaign reminding consumers to use a qualified heating engineer. The new campaign comes amid a massive push by the industry to improve standards for 2017 and beyond....


Logic4training supports “Retro boiler” energy labelling

 Nov, 24 - 2016   Heating

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has launched the “Retro Boiler” label scheme. The scheme has already gained support from the government and aims to increase consumer awareness of boiler efficiency. Retrospective boiler labelling can be easily completed during engineer visits. HHIC and its members will work with the...


Domestic Gas Boiler Sales Fall 2016

 Nov, 18 - 2016   Heating

Recent figures released by the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show sales of domestic gas boilers in September 2016 fell by 4.3% in comparison with September 2015. Year to date figures also show a fall of 0.7% compared with 2015. HHIC’s Stewart Clements said: “It looks like the slowdown...


Heating Season – Renew Your Qualification

 Oct, 21 - 2016   Heating

With nights becoming longer, freezing temperatures and icy winds I think we can all agree that winter is on its way. Tabloid rumours suggest Britain could be expecting four months of heavy snow, with many of us tackling this dreaded weather by staying indoors, getting cosy by turning up the...


Smart heating tips to save customer’s money and win more work

 Sep, 21 - 2016   Heating

Rainy days, freezing temperatures and icy winds are just some of the challenging weather heading our way over the next few months.   Many of us will combat the arctic conditions by cosying up indoors, inevitably resulting in a winter spike in fuel bills.   But research suggests many people are...


Should Radiators be included in the Energy-related products directive?

 Aug, 31 - 2016   Heating

ErP (Energy-related Products) covers Boilers, Renewables, hot water cylinders and other household appliances but does not include radiators.   Plumbers and Installers originally voiced their concern when ErP launched claiming that labels on boilers did not reflect the true efficiency of the heating system.   The fact that radiators are...


Boost business before heating season begins

 Aug, 23 - 2016   Heating

Heating season is almost upon us again.   It’s the start of a busy period for gas installers, plumbers and heating engineers, which for customers can mean expensive energy bills and boiler breakdown worries.   During these last few weeks of summer, it’s time to prepare yourself and your customers...


It’s time to remind your customers about regular boiler servicing!

 Aug, 22 - 2016   Heating

The consequences of boiler neglect are well understood by installers, but the importance of regular boiler servicing remains a crucial message to drill home to customers.    Boiler breakdowns can be hugely disruptive, leaving households without heating and hot water, not to mention the potential dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning...


Everyone’s talking about: Hybrid Heating & Hot Water Systems

 May, 12 - 2016   Heating

A new industry poll has revealed a growing demand for hybrid heating and hot water systems.   The poll, conducted by Baxi Heating’s commercial brands, revealed that more than a third of heating engineer’s specifiers and customers asked were considering a hybrid system and just under a third said they...


Boiler replacement scheme for gas and oil boilers

 May, 16 - 2016   Heating

Figures released by OFTEC show that a national boiler replacement scheme would be over five times more effective in reducing carbon emissions from domestic heating than the flagging domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).   Inspiration has come from the London-based boiler scrappage programme introduced in February by then mayor, Boris...