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PlumbWise are now Intergas Platinum 5 installers!

PlumbWise  winning the award for best customer feedback 2014 from Lancashire County Council - Safe Trader Scheme - 2 Years running!


Safe Trader Scheme

PlumbWise picking up the award for best customer feedback 2013 from Lancashire County Council - Safe Trader Scheme.



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customers the ability to pay their PlumbWise invoices from the comfort of their
own homes!

We are now proud to be associated with Safe Trader Scheme from Lancashire County Council

What is the


The Green Deal is the new government initiative that is designed to help business and home owners to employ more green technologies in their properties. The idea is simple; install new green technology into your property with no up front costs. You will pay back the costs through your energy bill over a period of time. This is unlike a conventional loan because if you move out of the property the bill stays with the property where the savings are occurring and not with the bill payer.

Is the cost of British Gas going to rise in 2014


It’s not worth cutting corners on boiler maintenance due to the rise of British Gas


News on British Gas – If you’ve been near a television or a radio this week, you’ll have probably already heard about the huge profits British Gas recorded in 2012. A news story which many people would have found difficult to swallow given the price rises imposed on customers by the energy company at the end of last year.


British Gas sees a surge in profits – much to the dismay of their customers

British Gas’s parent company, Centrica, have recorded a surge in profits over the last year. British Gas itself reporting a profit of £606 million, this was despite a fall in customer accounts.

All the ‘big six’ energy companies raised prices around the end of last year, with British Gas imposing a rise of 6 per cent for both gas and electricity. While the rises from British Gas seemed steep and were well above the rate of inflation, customers of some of the other big five energy companies fared less well, with EDF energy, for example:

  • Announcing a price rise of 10.8 per cent for both gas and electricity.

With the wholesale price for gas and electricity still rising there seems to be no end in sight to the increasing energy bills households now face across the UK. And while the government is offering a range of incentives to help some homeowners insulate their homes and replace inefficient boilers. The only way some people are coping is by not using their central heating at all, even when it’s freezing outside.


Don’t put your health at risk – regular boiler maintenance is essential 

While people might be able to save money by not turning their heating on and trying to make their homes more energy efficient, it’s the problems which may occur if customers try to cut corners to reduce monthly expenditure which may be detrimental to the heating system and even their health.

Regular boiler servicing is a critical part of central heating maintenance. But it should always be done by a registered Gas Safe Engineer. Some newer boilers may display a fault code when the service is due. The code on the Boiler reminds the homeowner that checks need to be done, but this is quite a new development and most older boilers will not give any indication whatsoever that they need to be checked.

Faulty boilers can release carbon monoxide (CO) fumes which can be deadly. While an audible carbon monoxide alarm can alert a homeowner to these fumes. It’s still important that appliances are fitted properly and regularly maintained to keep your family safe. And it’s not just gas-fired boilers that can pose a risk. Any device which burns oil or solid fuel such as coal, wood or petrol can produce carbon monoxide, so oil-fired boilers, ovens and fires can also be affected.

Because carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas it can be difficult to recognise. So it’s vitally important that boilers and other appliances are serviced regularly to reduce the risk.


Don’t try to cut corners – boiler servicing is more important than the few pence you’ll save


So while the energy companies are still putting up their prices and the government is kicking its heels helping homeowners who are struggling with these price increases, more emphasis needs to be placed on the other energy costs a homeowners may have to face, such as boiler maintenance and repair. It’s just not acceptable for homeowners to compromise on these things to try to save money.

What is Gas Safety Week?


Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from the gas industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public.

Twenty one million households in United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Did you know?

  • Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
  • Gas Safe Register estimate that there are a hard core of around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating across the UK and up to 250,000 illegal gas jobs may be carried out each year (Gas Safe Register Research 2009).
  • Although there is awareness that gas appliances need to be safety checked annually, 43% of Britons don’t do it, and 10% have gas appliances which have never been checked (Gas Safety Week Research 2011).

This year sees the third Gas Safety Week taking place, from 16th – 22nd September 2013. With national advertising, media coverage and events throughout the week, gas safety messages reach far and wide right at the start of heating season.


Be part of it and find out how you can get involved in Gas Safety Week.


Find out how you can stay safe at home.