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  • OFTEC says simple steps can improve your comfort levels this Home Improvement Month

    Apr 16, 2018, 15:13 PM by OFTEC
    April 2018: New research has revealed that across Ireland 65% of homeowners place home improvements in the top three priorities on their 'life admin' list. With Home Improvement Month being the ideal opportunity to update and refresh your living space, OFTEC Ireland, representing the domestic oil heating and solid fuel industry, has revealed its own handy hints and tips to help Irish homeowners make small improvements to enhance their homes in a big way.
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  • Households could be missing out on significant fuel bill savings

    Apr 13, 2018, 09:30 AM by OFTEC
    With the warm weather hopefully on its way, households are being urged to ‘spring clean’ their heating system to avoid missing out on significant savings.
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  • Gender diversity in the heating industry must be addressed, says OFTEC

    Apr 9, 2018, 14:25 PM by OFTEC
    With female technicians accounting for less than one per cent of OFTEC's 9,000 plus registration base, the trade association says action must be taken to encourage more women into the profession as a vital step towards combatting the industry's growing skills crisis.
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  • ‘Beast from the East’ raises alarm bells for future energy planning, says OFTEC

    Mar 27, 2018, 13:49 PM by OFTEC
    The impact of the recent extreme cold weather on the country’s energy supply should raise important questions for politicians as they consider the pathways towards future decarbonised energy, says OFTEC.
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  • Report backs OFTEC's calls for RHI reform

    Mar 22, 2018, 16:32 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC has re-ignited its calls for an overhaul of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) following a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which confirms the scheme 'has not achieved value for money'.
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  • Self-built success for OFTEC

    Mar 15, 2018, 13:24 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC successfully shone a light on home heating at SelfBuild Live Belfast, encouraging homeowners to love their oil boiler. Throughout the weekend at the Titanic Exhibition centre, OFTEC, which represents the domestic oil heating industry in Northern Ireland, was on hand to ensure homeowners were aware of the benefits of oil home heating, and also to offer advice on important annual boiler servicing.
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  • Young people encouraged to start a career in the heating industry

    Mar 6, 2018, 13:47 PM by OFTEC
    As part of National Apprenticeship Week (5 – 9 March) young learners are being urged to consider a career in the heating industry.
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  • Apprenticeships could help plug heating sector skills gap, says OFTEC

    Mar 1, 2018, 13:13 PM by OFTEC
    With the number of apprenticeships in the heating sector falling last year, despite increased government support, more must be done to encourage new technicians into the industry and help plug the severe skills gap, warns OFTEC ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March).
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  • Urgent support needed for 'fuel poor' households

    Feb 21, 2018, 13:14 PM by OFTEC
    More action must be taken to help households experiencing fuel poverty to help prevent further unnecessary deaths from living in cold homes. The warning comes ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (23rd February), a national campaign to highlight the growing number of people who struggle to pay their energy bills.
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  • Don’t forget about vulnerable relatives during ‘February freeze’, households urged

    Feb 7, 2018, 13:58 PM by OFTEC
    With this week expected to be one of the coldest of winter so far, households are being reminded to regularly visit vulnerable relatives and friends to check they are keeping warm and well.
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  • OFTEC calls for urgent heat policy intervention following winter death toll surge

    Feb 7, 2018, 13:51 PM by OFTEC
    Urgent policy intervention is needed to improve energy efficiency for vulnerable rural households and help safeguard against the unacceptable number of additional deaths that occur during the winter months, says OFTEC.
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  • OFTEC receives BEIS support for future green off-grid heating plans

    Jan 11, 2018, 14:05 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC has welcomed a positive response from the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry MP, after putting forward strong concerns over the viability of government plans to decarbonise heating from the 850,000 oil using homes in England.
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  • Heating costs for rural homes could soar under new ‘green’ energy plans

    Dec 22, 2017, 14:27 PM by OFTEC
    Almost one million rural households in England and Wales could see their heating bills soar if new government proposals go ahead.
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  • Households urged to get ready for a cold winter

    Dec 11, 2017, 14:37 PM by OFTEC
    With the latest forecasts predicting the coldest winter for five years, households are being urged to check their heating systems are fit for purpose and ready for a prolonged cold snap.
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  • Country homes could be heated by vegetable oil within five years

    Nov 24, 2017, 15:14 PM by OFTEC
    Currently, oil heating is one of the most popular choices for those living off the gas grid and a new report from OFTEC, the trade association for the oil heating industry, suggests these homes could switch to a renewable alternative, such as a vegetable oil blend, by as early as 2022.
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  • Save with oil heating

    Nov 22, 2017, 14:50 PM by OFTEC
    Using data from teh independent heating cost analysts, the Sutherland Tables. OFTEC is able to demonstrate the significant savings that exist between oil heating and other popular forms of heating.
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  • 5 Essential tips for carbon monoxide safety

    Nov 22, 2017, 14:49 PM by OFTEC
    There are 50 fatal carbon monoxide (CO) incidents and more than 200 people hospitalised with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the UK.
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  • It's time to wake up to the hard facts about decarbonising off-grid homes

    Nov 9, 2017, 15:09 PM by OFTEC CEO Paul Rose
    There is no question that off-grid heating must be decarbonised in order to contribute to the UK’s challenging carbon reduction targets. But electrification, one of the options endorsed by government’s recent Clean Growth Strategy and RHI Scheme, is not the only answer.
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  • OFTEC comment on the clean growth strategy

    Oct 11, 2017, 16:26 PM by OFTEC
    OFTEC CEO Paul Rose comments: “OFTEC welcomes publication of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy and supports the Government’s efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from UK homes.
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  • Irish students encouraged to think safety first as rental costs rise

    Aug 22, 2017, 16:23 PM by OFTEC
    As students across Ireland get their Leaving Cert results, many will be on the hunt for privately rented accommodation for university. With less availability and rental property prices in Ireland increasing 13.4% from last year , OFTEC, the trade organisation that represents the domestic heating and cooking industry in Ireland, is concerned that many students will take the cheapest accommodation available without properly inspecting the property.
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