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A new website has been launched to make it even easier for technicians to sign up and enjoy the benefits of OFTEC’s leading competent person registration scheme which now includes Part P, solid fuel and renewables, with biomass to follow soon.Full story
The new boiler scrappage scheme announced today to help Greater London residents reduce CO2 emissions from heating should be rolled out across the country to help meet the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets, says OFTEC, the trade association for the oil heating industry.Full story
Consumers continue to benefit from heating oil price plunge signalling urgent need to re-think UK heat policyMonday, October 17, 2016 by OFTEC
As the price of heating oil tumbles further, falling a staggering 10 per cent since the beginning of the year, the UK’s 1.4 million rural households on oil heating are continuing to benefit. However, with over 4.5 million people in the UK still living in fuel poverty - and many of these in rural areas - government needs to urgently address its current heat policy to help these homes become more energy efficient and cut fuel bills further.Full story
In the wake of the biggest increase in excess winter deaths for 15 years, OFTEC is calling for a fairer deal for the 4.5 million UK households currently living in fuel poverty to help them keep warm and well.Full story
In the wake of recent criticism over the value of some apprenticeships, OFTEC continues to champion the on-the-job training scheme saying that, if worked effectively, apprenticeships can provide school leavers with an excellent career start and help to combat the UK’s growing skills shortage.Full story
New government statistics* have revealed there were 43,900 excess winter deaths in England and Wales last winter with the high number of people living in cold, poorly insulated homes a strong contributing factor.Excess winter deaths are largely a result of people living in cold houses over the winter months with those living in rural areas disproportionally affected because homes are typically older with poorer insulation.Full story
Latest industry figures show oil prices have fallen a further 10.5% with consumers reaping the benefits because the drop in wholesale costs are being passed directly on – unlike the picture for households on mains gas and electricity.According to the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of data on comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil continues to trump competitor fuels on price.Full story
OFTEC has submitted recommendations to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, calling for a total re-think on the UK’s low carbon heat strategy to instead focus on incentivising solutions that are simple, affordable to install, impose limited disruption on the home owner and offer competitive running costs.Full story
Commenting on the Comprehensive Spending Review, OFTEC director general Jeremy Hawksley says: “OFTEC welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement today that reforms will be made to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to deliver better value for money.Full story
With oil boiler sales reaching a five year high and oil prices dropping to a six year low, 2015 is proving a winning year for the oil heating industry and consumers alike.Full story
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