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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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  • Campaign to cut fuel bills kicks off in the county

    Nov 2, 2016, 12:59 PM by OFTEC
    Households across the country are being encouraged to take steps to ensure they keep warm and reduce their fuel bills this winter as part of Big Energy Saving Week (31 October – 5 November).
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  • UK households urged to prepare for a cold winter

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:35 PM by OFTEC
    With predictions that a particularly cold winter may be on its way, households across the country are being urged not to let the current unseasonably warm weather make them complacent and ensure their heating systems are ready for a prolonged cold snap.
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  • Campaign to reduce fuel bills launches across the country

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:13 PM by OFTEC
    Rural MPs are being urged to support a new campaign to help the growing number of people struggling with their fuel bills. OFTEC, which represents the oil heating industry, has written to the MPs calling on them to put forward simple, affordable measures to help households cut energy costs – and become greener in the process.
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  • As oil prices remain low, OFTEC says consumers need realistic carbon reduction solutions

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:10 PM by OFTEC
    As new industry figures show a further 7.8% fall in the cost of heating a typical home using oil in the last three months, OFTEC says the case for consumers to stick with, or even switch to oil is growing stronger, underlining the need for urgent change to the government’s low carbon heat strategy.
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  • Good news for households ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day as heating oil prices fall again

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:05 PM by OFTEC
    With Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (26th February) just around the corner, oil households have welcomed another drop in oil prices with many seeing their heating bills halve in the last three years.
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  • OFTEC statement February 2016: Which plastic oil tank should I install?

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:04 PM by OFTEC
    Due to the need to avoid pollution incidents and protect the environment, OFTEC insists that oil heating technicians only install plastic oil storage tanks that have been tested and confirmed to meet to European Standard EN13341 2005 +A1 2011.
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  • New OFTEC registration website goes live

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:03 PM by OFTEC
    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.
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  • London boiler scrappage scheme should be the model for a national scheme, says OFTEC

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:01 PM by OFTEC
    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.
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  • Consumers continue to benefit from heating oil price plunge signalling urgent need to re-think UK heat policy

    Oct 17, 2016, 11:59 AM 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.
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  • OFTEC says ‘act now on fuel poverty’ as ‘excess’ winter deaths hit 15 year high

    Oct 17, 2016, 11:56 AM by OFTEC
    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.
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  • Apprenticeships are key to upskilling industry, says OFTEC

    Oct 17, 2016, 11:50 AM by OFTEC
    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.
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  • Concern as latest figures show sharp increase in winter deaths

    Oct 17, 2016, 11:49 AM by OFTEC
    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.
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  • Oil prices fall again with consumers directly benefiting from the drop

    Oct 17, 2016, 11:46 AM by OFTEC
    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.
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