Friday, 15 October 2010

What is the Gas Safe Register?

The Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers) gas register in Great Britain on April 1st 2009. 

Basically it is the only official gas registration body for Great Britain including the Isle of Man. It was appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with the intention to protect families and properties from dangerous gas works. All of the gas engineers that are legally able to perform gas work on boilers, ovens, fires and any other gas appliances are on this list. So it’s all good!

In 2006 the HSE decided to review and modernise the scheme to bring added benefits to customers and gas engineers.  The main improvement of the scheme was a clearer focus on gas safety and simplifying the registration and competences requirements for gas engineers obviously without compromising on the safety and service standards.

When you have gas works carried out in your home it is important it is carried out properly, safely and legally.    Fitted incorrectly or badly repaired, gas appliances are a major cause of lethal carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Even poorly maintained appliances can lead to gas leaks and even explosions!  So anyone working on the gas works in your house needs to be on the Gas Safe Register.

You can and should report any bad gas work to the Gas Safe Resister which can be found in Google searching for those words.  To find a Gas Safe registered engineer you could also check the gas safe register.  Many boiler installation, gas companies will have the yellow and black logo on their site which is an indication. But it might be worth checking the register out also.  It’s not always easy to spot a dodgy illegal gas fitter compared to a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. You will know if a plumber comes to your house is registered as he must carry and ID card that shows the type of work they are registered to do.

So that’s it really, pretty serious stuff.  It’s all to do with health and safety and ensuring any gas work is done safely giving us peace of mind.  Never let anyone who isn’t on this register install a boiler at your home as you and your family could be at risk from serious gas poisoning explosions and fires!

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Friday, 1 October 2010

Checking Out Solar Heating Systems

Solar heating systems are a good way to tap into an inexhaustible supply of energy. You can finally have some control over costs to heat your home. There is a large investment in the beginning. However, the initial cost will be substantially reduced, if you can do the install yourself. In time, you will recover the investment and start to save a great deal of money.

One thing to ask yourself is, will it work for you? Not all situations may benefit from this type of heat system. Here are some things to consider.

Consider the amount of sunshine that you normally get. It is best to have a southern exposure that you can mount your panels on. It should be large enough to hold more than one eight foot by four foot panel. If you use metric, this is approximately 1.2 meters by 2.4 meters.

Remember that your panels do not have to be on your roof. They can be on an adjacent area, like your garage roof. If utilized properly, that can be at ground level. You can feature them in your landscape, if you desire. Try to choose an area where they can receive at least six hours of sunlight each day.

Can you do the install by yourself? You do not have to be a trained technician. However, a certain amount of mechanical ability is necessary. If you are not mechanically inclined, you may wish to enlist the aid of a family member or friend. Remember to check with neighbors, also. Maybe you can assist your neighbor with a project, in return for his or her help.

Can you pay for all the materials needed? You will need access to several thousand dollars. Since it is an investment, financing is a good option. You might consider a home equity loan. If you are not satisfied with your present mortgage, you may be able to refinance your home. These ways will give you the funds for your project. If you are having a professional installation, it will add a great deal to the cost. However, in some cases, a professional installation will be worth the money.

Benefits

Consider the benefits of your new heat system. One major benefit is independence. You are no longer at the mercy of the utility companies. The cost of natural gas, heating oil, and electricity, will continue to rise. You can be self-sufficient.

Cost is another consideration. After you recoup your initial investment, you will have cheap utility bills. There will be some maintenance and upkeep involved. However, this will be your only costs in the future. Your investment may be regained sooner than you think. You should qualify for a size able tax break.

You will increase the value of your property. It will also be more attractive to potential buyers. Suppose you wish to sell your home? Sometimes, a house can stay on the market for six months or longer. Your home will have a very desirable addition.

You will also be doing your part for the environment. If more people did this, there would be much cleaner and more comfortable conditions. This will set a good example for your family, the neighborhood, and future generations.

Summary

There are many reasons to consider solar heating systems. If you can install them yourself, your investment will be recouped much faster. It will also be easier to afford. Even if you have to get a second mortgage, you will see many benefits. You will not be at the mercy of the utility companies. You will add value to your home. You will do your part for the environment.

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