News and Blogs
Here's a link to all our recent news releases, please feel free to link to our news items from your website or social media platform. If mentioning OFTEC on Twitter please tag @OFTEC (or on Facebook @OFTECuk).
This spring, OFTEC will be moving from its long-term base on the outskirts of Ipswich to a new office development in nearby Melton. It’s an exciting time for the company and will enable us to continue to provide services to our registered technicians, businesses, and the industry to our best ability.Full story
Updated guidance for tradespeople in the home issued to households in England as Covid restrictions easeWednesday, March 09, 2022 by OFTEC
New guidance for tradespeople working in the home has been issued to households in England as the government sets out its plan for 'Living with Covid-19'. Whilst all remaining domestic Covid regulations ended on Sunday 27th February, households should be aware that tradespeople may continue to take precautions when visiting their homes to carry out heating, plumbing or maintenance services.Full story
Young adults in England are being urged to consider a career in the heating industry following a difficult year for apprenticeships during the pandemic.Full story
Decarbonising Heating: Government urged to avoid ‘one size fits all approach’ as poverty levels riseTuesday, February 01, 2022 by OFTEC Ireland
According to latest statistics, Northern Ireland is set to face a surge in the number of households in extreme poverty. The findings by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) predict that all regions in the UK will see extreme poverty rise by more than 10% in the coming year. It is estimated that poverty in Northern Ireland will increase by 67%.Full story
As concerns over energy costs grow, a campaign has launched to highlight the simple steps UK households can take to reduce their energy usage and help save money on their fuel bills.Full story
New figures1 have revealed there were 29,290 excess winter deaths across England and Wales between 2019 and 2020, excluding those from Covid-19, as calls for the UK government to tackle the cold home crisis intensify. Official figures for last winter (2020/21) have yet to be released.Full story
UKIFDA and OFTEC, the trade associations behind the Future Ready Fuel campaign, have marked the one-year anniversary of the first ever property in the UK to be converted from oil heating to the renewable liquid fuel Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) by urging the government to back a wider rollout in off-grid homes.Full story
Households are urged to be vigilant against cold callers, suspicious messages and rogue traders this winter after it emerged two-thirds of adults were targeted by scam texts or calls in the past three months, according to Ofcom*.Full story
As Storm Barra sweeps across Ireland and with freezing wintery weather expected to continue, homeowners are urged to keep warm and prevent expensive home heating disasters in the run up to Christmas.Full story
Trade Associations UKIFDA, for fuel distributors, and OFTEC, for equipment manufacturers and training providers, welcome the publication of the Biomass Policy Statement (BPS) which reaffirms the role of renewable liquid fuels in decarbonising the off-grid sector.Full story
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