Fri 29th Apr 2016 - 11:42am Energy and Heating VIDEO - 10 Easy Ways To Save Money On Heating

    VIDEO - 10 Easy Ways To Save Money On Heating

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    Benjamin Clarke

    The amount it costs to comfortably heat our homes has long been a bone of contention among us, with many in fuel poverty and many older people afraid to turn on their heating in case they can't afford the resulting bills.

    Here we offer 10 small things you can do to make life a little bit easy and those heating bills a little more affordable.

    1. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much a £55 per year.

    2. Keeping your radiator on a low heat when you're not using it can be more efficient than turning it off then turning back on when you need it.

    3. Shutting doors and windows properly, making sure they don't have gaps around them, using draught exluders and drawing curtains can all help stop heating being wasted.

    4. Get an eco-shower that uses much less hot water than a standard shower. Eco doesn't mean sacrificing power.

    5. Block up your chimney if you have one you are not using. An open chimney leads straight out to the outdoors and can be a huge cause of heat loss. If you don't make use of an open fire, then get someone in to block it up and keep that heat inside where it belongs.

    6. Use duel fuel radiators and towel rails. This means they can be run via the normal hot water central heating system, or they can run independently via the electrics without the need to use the rest of the central heating.

    7. Install a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves. Research shows that using these two heating controls can reduce your bills by as much as 40%.

    8. Insulate the attic door or hatch. Heat rises and a huge amount can disappear up into the attic and the out of the roof. Simply insulating the loft access (and the rest of the attic) can keep more heat in your house where you need it. It's estimated a well-insulated loft can save a 3 bedroom house up to £140 per year on heating bills.

    9. Similarly, cavity wall insulation is a great help in stopping heat escaping through walls. Research suggests a 3 bedroom house with cavity wall insulation can save up to £160 per year on heating bills. Many of the big energy providers offer free insulation so it's worth checking to see if you're eligible.

    10. Use a radiator shelf about the radiator as this will direct heat into the room. Likewise, where possible, try not to block radiators with furniture as heat will not be able to penetrate the rest of the room. If you have limited wall space, think about installing vertical radiators.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

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    Thu 21st Apr 2016 - 10:52am Home Interiors Interior design inspiration - White Heated Towel Rails

    Interior design inspiration - White Heated Towel Rails

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    Benjamin Clarke

    The bathroom is one of the most decorated homes in our houses and it's usually one of the first things we notice when viewing a new property or having a nose around a friends house.

    There has been an increasing trend towards minimalist bathrooms, with crisp lines, uncluttered surfaces and contemporary finishes.

    This often stems from our desire to replicate the typical boutique hotel-style bathroom and to have a piece of that lifestyle within our own homes.

    Over the last ten years, a very popular addition to the bathroom experience has been the inclusion of a heated towel rail in the design plans.

    Heated towel rails help prevent our damp towels from taking on that nasty musty smell and they also serve the useful purpose of having somewhere to hang towels, rather than over the shower screen, on on a small hook on the back of a door.

    Heated towel rails comes in a variety of colours, but many people opt for the simplicity of white. A white towel rails provides that unobtrusive mimimalist look and, as the most common bathroom suite colour is white, they are perfect for blending in and giving that overall feel of design cohesion.

    Though they are one of the most popular rooms to decorate, the space we allocate for our bathrooms is getting smaller and smaller. We are increasingly opting for well-designed but tiny ensuites, squeezed into small areas as we seek to gain more floor space in other rooms, like a third bedroom.

    In these restircted spaces, white heated towel rails really come into their own. They are perfect for making use of vertical space, when horizontal space is often very limited.

    Additionally, their 'projection' (the amount they stick out from the wall) is very small, so you can move around in a small space with ease whilst also having heat and somewhere to hang your towels.

    Finally, as any semi-knowledgeable interior designer will tell you, white gives the illusion of space, so installing a white towel rail into a small bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom is far less imposing than a rail in a darker shade.

    Below are some classic examples of white towel rails that have been sent to us by our excellent customers. You can really see how well these white rails fit into these bathrooms and hopefully gives you the inspiration to install a white heated towel rail in your own homes!

    BELOW: TRADE DIRECT LARGE STRAIGHT BAR HEATED TOWEL RAIL

    BELOW: TRADE DIRECT STRAIGHT BAR HEATED TOWEL RAIL

    BELOW: TRADE DIRECT CURVED BAR HEATED TOWEL RAIL

    BELOW: WHITE/CHROME TRADITIONAL HEATED TOWEL RAIL

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    Mon 11th Apr 2016 - 11:11am Energy and Heating 10 Facts To Save On Heating This Year

    10 Facts To Save On Heating This Year

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    Benjamin Clarke

    10 Facts To Save On Heating This Year

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    We all like to stay warm and are tempted to keep the heating on longer than is usually necessary. This can become a costly habit though. Let Trade Radiators guide you through some simple ways to stay warm but at a fraction of the cost.

    • Turn your thermostat down: By turning the thermostat on your radiator down by 1°C can save you over £55 in one year.
    • Keep your radiator on a low heat: By keeping the heating on a low temperature instead of turning it on and off can save you money in the long run.
    • Lock doors and windows: Locking doors and windows properly keeps heat in during cold nights.
    • Change to Eco Showers: By changing to an eco-shower you can save on water consumption.
    • Block the chimney: If your chimney isn’t used you can use a tradesman to cap both ends which will keep air in and save energy.
    • Install a heated towel rail with duel fuel adaptor: Using this type of adaptor with a towel rail allows you to heat the bathroom without using your central heating for the rest of the house.
    • Install a thermostatic radiator valve: By installing this valve you can set temperatures for different parts of the house. Set temperatures higher in rooms that are used often while keeping temperatures low in rooms that not.
    • Insulate the attic door: The attic within your home may be well insulated but the same can’t be said for the attic door. If the door isn’t properly insulated, it could let warm air escape.
    • Get free cavity wall insulation: There are government grants that will help you pay for cavity wall installation. You will keep your house warm and save around £90 per year.
    • Use a radiator shelf: A shelf above the radiator will direct heat into the room rather than letting it rise to the ceiling. Purpose made radiator shelves are inexpensive to purchase.

    We’re the experts on heating your home. Check out our website on the latest energy saving radiators or call us on 0141 225 0430 for more information.

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    Fri 8th Apr 2016 - 11:41am Energy and Heating London Boiler Cashback Scheme Launched

    London Boiler Cashback Scheme Launched

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    Benjamin Clarke

    Boris Johnson has officially launched a scheme providing financial incentives for Londoners to replace their old inefficient boilers with more energy efficient ones.

    Between 2012-2015, Northern Ireland had a similar scheme that saw over 15,000 inefficient boilers scrapped and this proved to be very successful.

    The UK needs to have reduced its carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 and the London Boiler Cashback Scheme is hoped to help achieve this target. Boris Johnson estimates that as many as 6,500 homes will be helped by this scheme, assisting in lower heating bills for householders as well as the additional environmental boost it will provide.

    To qualify for the Boiler Cashback Scheme, which will provide a £400 voucher towards the cost of the new boiler, there are criteria that must be met:

    - The property must be in one of the 33 boroughs of London
    - The person applying must either be the homeowner or a private landlord who is registered with The Mayor’s London Rental Standard.
    - The boiler to be replaced must be 70% efficient or less, currently working and whose main function is to heat the home.
    - The new boiler must be A Rated, which means efficiency of above 90%
    - The installer must either be Gas Safe Registered, MCS certified, or a member of OTEC, HETAS or other competent persons scheme.

    In order to make an application for the Cashback scheme, applicants are being encouraged to get three different quotes for the work first to ensure value for money, that the installer has the necessary accreditation and to display that the work will definitely be going ahead.

    The application process is the following:

    - Check your boiler efficiency is 70% or under
    - Make application (and see full details) at http://www.london.gov.uk/boilers
    - Receive your £400 cashback voucher
    - Have the new A Rated boiler installed within 12 weeks
    - Send back your voucher with invoice
    - Receive £400 cashback

    While the scheme itself has received praise, there has been criticism that the scheme only applies to London and has not been rolled out to the rest of the UK.

    Many people outside London are using inefficient boilers and many are also classed as in fuel poverty. It is hoped that the London Boiler Cashback Scheme will be a success to encourage a plan to introduce it to everywhere outside the capital.

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    Wed 30th Mar 2016 - 12:21pm DIY Troubleshooting VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a tricky place

    VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a tricky place

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    Benjamin Clarke

    In this video, Jimmy the pumber shows that it's possible to install a radiator almost anywhere, even in places that you didn't think possble.

    As Jimmy explains, in this kitchen the customer already has underfloor heating, which begs the question, why do they want to install a radiator in there as well?

    Underfloor heating can take some time to heat up to full temperature, so having the option of a radiator means that heat can be switched on much more quickly when needed. This is particularly useful if you have guests or if it's very cold - no need to wait for hours before you can use the room.

    Additionally, having a radiator in a kitchen is useful for drying hand towels or anything else that would benefit from being draped across a radiator.

    The installation of this radiator is made especially challenging by the fact that there is a huge fridge-freezer in the way, plus pipes need to be run from an adjacent toilet, under a kicthen cabinet and along the wall. This has the potential to look an absolute mess if not carried out properly.

    Jimmy explains how he will remove the very bottom of the plasterboard on the wall and run the pipes in the channel to connect up to the pipework housed in the toilet. He also explains that the pipes will be covered by putting on a nice piece of skirting board.

    As you see at the end of the video, Jimmy does a great job of hanging the radiator and making the pipework look incredibly neat and tidy. As he says, with a little bit of planning and foresight, you can install a radiator almost anywhere in a home.

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