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  • New technical manager at OFTEC

    May 30, 2017, 12:01 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC has welcomed a new manager to its experienced technical team to further strengthen the range of services offered to technicians and consumers.
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  • OFTEC officially launches future vision at annual conference

    May 30, 2017, 11:48 AM by OFTEC
    The future of liquid fuel heating will be under the spotlight next month when OFTEC officially launches its vision to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction for off grid homes at the trade association’s annual conference and AGM.
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  • Oil heated households enjoy the cheapest fuel bills, says new report

    May 16, 2017, 15:23 PM by OFTEC
    With five of the big six energy suppliers announcing significant price increases to consumers, oil heated households will welcome news that they continue to enjoy the cheapest fuel bills of all the main heating systems, according to a new report*.
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  • Households warned about home heating DIY dangers

    Apr 28, 2017, 12:04 PM by OFTEC
    Households should think twice before they attempt to repair their own heating system to avoid the potential dangers of a bodged job. That’s the warning from experienced technicians following call outs to fix DIY heating disasters caused by homeowners, who have tried to cut corners by not calling in an expert and doing it themselves.
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  • OFTEC energy savings drive supported by SEAI

    Apr 21, 2017, 10:17 AM by OFTEC
    With many Irish households unaware of the significant savings they could be making on their energy bills, OFTEC is urging consumers to book a professional boiler service that could reduce fuel bills by as much as 10%, saving you up to €150 per year.*
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  • Industry should meet lower NOx emissions requirements ahead of time, says OFTEC

    Mar 29, 2017, 12:57 PM by OFTEC
    The oil heating industry is keeping ahead of the game and, following manufacturer innovations, should be ready to comply with the new lower NOx emission legislation on a range of appliances before the September 2018 deadline, says OFTEC.
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  • OFTEC and FPS launch campaign to help consumers stay 'tank safe'

    Mar 27, 2017, 15:20 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) and the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) have joined forces to launch a new ‘Tank Safe’ campaign, urging the 920,000 oil-heated homes in England, Wales and Scotland to make sure their storage tanks are fit for purpose.
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  • New fuel poverty campaign kicks off in the county

    Mar 9, 2017, 15:25 PM by OFTEC
    A new campaign is launching this week to help the growing number of people in the UK struggling with their heating costs as a recent government report reveals 15% of households are now living in fuel poverty*.
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  • OFTEC responds to home heating consultation with two-step plan to cut carbon emissions

    Feb 2, 2017, 17:03 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC has put forward a compelling case to introduce a two-stage approach to reducing carbon emissions from oil using households in its response to the government’s ‘Heat in Buildings: The Future of Heat in Domestic Buildings’ consultation. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) invited comment on new proposals for improving efficiency and reducing energy demand, alongside evidence on the costs and benefits of wider domestic central heating system performance improvements.
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  • Minister launches free ‘Keeping Warm this Winter’ guide to help older people in Ireland stay warm

    Jan 12, 2017, 17:03 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC and Age Action emphasis importance of guide in its third year.
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  • Government must act to prevent fuel poor being left out in the cold, says OFTEC

    Jan 3, 2017, 11:43 AM by OFTEC
    As latest figures show the number of households living in fuel poverty in England and Wales has increased to more than 10%, OFTEC is reigniting its calls on government to develop a heating strategy that is fair for all and will help those most in need.
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  • OFTEC responds to the Bonfield Report

    Dec 21, 2016, 11:57 AM by OFTEC
    Following the release of the Bonfield Report, an independent review of consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement for domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy, published on the 16th December, OFTEC registrations director Adrian Lightwood made the following comments:
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  • New figures confirm shocking increase in County’s winter deaths

    Dec 19, 2016, 13:50 PM by OFTEC
    New government statistics* have revealed that the total number of excess winter deaths across the UK as a whole during 2014/15 was 43,850, the highest level seen in over 15 years. The sharp increase has been largely attributed to the failure of the flu vaccine which experts say was only effective in one in three cases.
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  • Government must move on low carbon heat policy, says OFTEC

    Dec 12, 2016, 14:06 PM by OFTEC
    Government must develop a more inclusive UK heat policy which addresses the key issues of energy efficiency and fuel poverty alongside efforts to reduce carbon emissions from heating in off-grid homes, says OFTEC.
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  • Urgent change to UK low carbon heat policy required as oil remains cheapest fuel, says OFTEC

    Dec 1, 2016, 16:33 PM by OFTEC
    Despite the average cost of heating a typical home on oil rising over the last quarter, new industry figures reveal that oil remains by far the cheapest of all major domestic heating fuels, trumping mains gas on price by some 18%.
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  • OFTEC rolls out commercial assessment course in response to demand

    Dec 1, 2016, 15:47 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC’s new commercial assessment course, which covers the servicing and commissioning of multi stage burners used in many light and medium commercial heating systems, is now available in eleven training centres across the UK and Republic of Ireland, with more expected to launch the offering soon.
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  • Households warned about carbon monoxide poisoning risk

    Nov 30, 2016, 14:53 PM by OFTEC
    Households across Great Britain are being encouraged to make sure they have a fully working carbon monoxide (CO) alarm fitted in their homes to stay safe and protect against the risks of CO poisoning.
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  • Oil is first choice in DSD Boiler Replacement Scheme

    Nov 24, 2016, 13:15 PM by OFTEC
    The Boiler Replacement Scheme was launched in Northern Ireland in 2012 to give homeowners the opportunity to replace their current boiler with the assistance of a grant of up to £1,000. Since its introduction to the 30th September 2016 the scheme has funded 27,298 new installations and 17,924 of these have been new oil condensing boilers.
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  • ASAI uphold misleading advertising complaint against Saturn Heating

    Nov 18, 2016, 13:02 PM by OFTEC
    Campaign included misleading and unclear energy saving claims for consumers. 16th November 2016: OFTEC Ireland today welcomed a decision by the Complaints Committee of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) to uphold a complaint regarding misleading energy savings claims made by Saturn Heating in its latest promotional advertisement.
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  • OFTEC appoints new technical director

    Nov 9, 2016, 13:01 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC is pleased to announce that inspection manager Tim Lock has taken over the position of technical director at the trade association, with effect from 1 November.
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