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‘Perfect storm’ as oil heated homes face major costs for government’s green energy plans amid cost of living crisis

Thursday, May 12, 2022 by OFTEC

Alongside rising energy and food bills, oil heated households could soon face additional costs to install green heating systems if government plans go ahead.

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Malcolm Farrow, head of public affairs at OFTEC, responds to the Queen’s speech

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 by OFTEC

Whilst we welcome the commitment in the Queen’s Speech to bring forward an Energy Bill to ‘deliver the transition to cheaper, cleaner and more secure energy’ in the long term, this was a missed opportunity to set out measures to help households reduce their energy usage today and achieve the challenge of net zero.

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Technician survey reveals majority of customer homes not ready for heat pumps

Thursday, April 21, 2022 by OFTEC

Heating technicians have voiced concerns over the government’s proposals to convert off-grid homes to heat pumps with the vast majority (87%) revealing less than one-fifth (20%) of the properties they service are currently ready for the technology.

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OFTEC and UKIFDA respond to the publication of the government’s British Energy Security Strategy

Friday, April 08, 2022 by OFTEC

The government must urgently revisit the Energy Strategy, focusing more attention on measures to help households reduce their energy usage now, and on supporting cost-effective and practical low carbon energy solutions. For the 1.7 million UK households that currently use oil, renewable liquid fuels such as HVO should be prioritised as HVO immediately reduces carbon emissions by 88%. It can also be used in an existing oil boiler following a simple, low cost conversion that takes one hour and costs around £500.

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HVO biofuel Grant Vortex wins best renewable energy product at the SEAI Energy Show

Friday, April 08, 2022 by OFTEC

Grant’s HVO biofuel compatible Grant Vortex condensing boiler has been awarded ‘Best Renewable Energy Product’ at the SEAI Energy Show 2022.

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OFTEC now the only solid fuel registration provider for installers in Ireland

Monday, March 21, 2022 by OFTEC

With the news that HETAS has decided not to continue with its registered installer scheme in Ireland, OFTEC is now the only body in the country providing solid fuel registration for installers and servicing technicians.

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OFTEC brings its annual conference to InstallerSHOW

Monday, March 14, 2022 by OFTEC

InstallerSHOW, the UK’s biggest heating, plumbing and electrical trade show, is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with OFTEC and hosting a number of its flagship events during the three-day exhibition at the NEC Birmingham (21-23 June).

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OFTEC is moving

Friday, March 11, 2022 by OFTEC

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.

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Updated guidance for tradespeople in the home issued to households in England as Covid restrictions ease

Wednesday, 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.

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More heating apprentices needed in England as numbers fall during pandemic

Thursday, February 10, 2022 by OFTEC

Young adults in England are being urged to consider a career in the heating industry following a difficult year for apprenticeships during the pandemic.

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