The tenant’s guide to keeping heating costs down

Do you live in a council or housing association property? If you do, you may not be able to make major changes to your heating system. Don’t worry, there are plenty of free or low-cost things you can do that will help keep you warm and save you money on your gas.One of the main expenses in your home is your heating, so it makes sense to look at how you can reduce this by reducing heat loss in your ...

Gas safety advice for private landlords

Find out how you can keep your tenants safe with gas safety certification and regular maintenance, and ensure their gas heating is running efficiently.Scotland is home to an increasingly large number of people living in privately rented properties, many of which rely on gas heating.14 % of households rented their accommodation from the private sector... this had increased by six percentage points since 2001.Source: Scotland’s CensusWhile modern boilers and gas appliances are safer than ever before, the risk of injury ...

What is the future of gas?

Learn more about the plan to switch the UK’s gas grid from natural gas to hydrogen for the 85% of UK households, creating the world’s first net-zero gas network.Gas plays an enormous role in the UK energy system. Gas central heating is installed in 22 million out of 29 million homes in the UK.2019 saw a record number of gas boilers sold in the UK with 1.67 million units, an increase of 1.8% on 2018 figures.Gas is convenient, clean, quiet, ...

Free guide to hot water cylinders

This guide will help you understand how hot water cylinders work, how to get the best out of them, and how to diagnose common problems.Any home that has a regular boiler (or ‘system boiler’) requires a hot water cylinder to store the hot water that the boiler produces. A water cylinder plays a vital role in providing your home with hot water.Hot water is something we tend to take for granted and expect to be available ‘on tap’ whenever we ...

Controlling the cost of your gas heating

This guide will help you understand the typical energy consumption and costs of gas heating and how to reduce them.We are now heading into winter with the coronavirus restrictions increasing across Scotland and the UK. Many of us will be working from home or staying indoors more much than usual during winter. In fact, an estimated 16.8 million people will stay at home this winter amid the coronavirus outbreak.In the UK, households used an estimated 15% more heating in March ...

How much money can you save by replacing your boiler?

A new energy-efficient boiler could take hundreds of pounds off your heating bill every year. In fact, you could reduce your bills by 30%.With energy costs generally rising over recent years, you will no doubt want to do everything you can to save on your energy bills – especially if you’re working from home this winter.Why worry about your boiler?Your boiler could be the single most important appliance in your home, particularly in winter as you rely on it to ...

Top seven common causes of boiler breakdowns

We detail some reasons why your boiler might develop a problem, what caused them, and what you can do to prevent them from happening.Modern boilers are generally built to last. But, just like any other appliance or system in your home, they’re not perfect, and sometimes things can go wrong.This article will help you identify issues with your boiler, especially if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:My boiler is switching offMy boiler locks out regularlyMy boiler has a leakMy ...

All about oil heating

We explain what heating oil is, how it heats your home, the pros and cons of oil heating, and essential servicing information so you can stay safe and warm in your home.Oil-fired central heating is the second most popular type of home heating method in the UK. The majority of homes use gas – 85% compared to oil’s 6% and electric heating’s 6%. However, in Scotland, oil is more widely used than other areas of the UK – about twice ...

Heating oil prices at their lowest for three years

Home heating oil prices have dropped 30% over the first three months of the year. It now costs on average 36p per litre making it currently the cheapest fuel to use to heat your home.The global Coronavirus pandemic has shut factories and greatly reduced road and air traffic all over the world, meaning much less oil is being used. This means that the Brent Crude oil used across Europe has fallen from $70 a barrel in March to just above ...

Gas safety servicing during COVID-19

Regular servicing and safety checks for gas heating systems are vital, even during the lockdown period. The servicing of gas heating systems and gas appliances is classified as essential work. This is because the safety implications of not performing this important maintenance work and safety checks are significant. In fact, there is a statutory obligation to service all gas appliances on an annual basis, where it is safe to do so. Your safety is our priority. Scheduled servicingWe are working ...