With my freshly brewed coffee, I always like to surf the internet….for 10 mins or so.
It is interesting what you come across.
With my freshly brewed coffee, I always like to surf the internet….for 10 mins or so.
It is interesting what you come across.
The Government is due to publish its Emissions Reduction Plan in the next few months. It aims to set the framework for emissions targets and our carbon budgets, while stimulating low-carbon growth. The background to the plan is that the Government recognises that – without additional policy measures – we will soon be very off-track in progress towards our national 2050 climate change target of an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.
The publication of the Emissions Reduction Plan is a pivotal moment for home energy efficiency in the UK. Energy use in buildings (mostly homes) accounts for 18 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions and insulating and installing renewable energy in homes is one of the most cost-effective actions the government can take to save carbon.
But even though home energy represents a great way to keep on track with our carbon target, the Energy Saving Trust are concerned that the government may not grasp the opportunity. The failure of the Green Deal programme under David Cameron’s first administration – for a whole host of reasons – has made politicians nervous of an ambitious home energy saving policy programme.
It’s time we put that failure behind us. We want to see a pragmatic effective strategy from government that will help citizens across the UK save energy in heating and electricity use, and generate free, clean energy at home. A strategy that will keep us on track with national carbon reduction targets and have the added benefit of helping tackle fuel poverty and lowering householders’ bills.
So, what are the key elements to look out for when the Emissions Reduction Plan is announced? Well, for me, there are three simple tests that should tell us whether home energy is rightly at the centre of the government’s plans for long-term carbon reduction.
Thanks for reading.
You could choose ‘boxed solutions’ sold on ‘case studies’ ranging from hundreds of pounds £££ (the same kit which can be bought on eBay for £90 apparently!), or choose a wet heating additive for £36 for 500ml which doesn’t provide protection for your central heating system (there are heating additives which do contain inhibitors, which do protect your heating system and cost less than a tenner!)
You could choose an award winning product, which has been tested for 2000 hours and has a 10 year warranty* Terms and conditions do apply though, see here:
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Having invented the Queen’s Award winning MagnaClean filter, ADEY produces an extensive range of filters for all types and sizes of properties and heating systems along with a comprehensive range of premium chemicals.
If you’re experiencing problems with your central heating system, such as cold spots in your radiators, low heat levels or excessively noisy systems, ADEY has an extensive range of products that can help resolve these problems.
ADEY’s MagnaClean is installed in more than three million homes throughout Europe, helping to protect central heating systems and boilers against the damaging black sludge.
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Installing a MagnaClean and ensuring your heating system is topped up with our MC+ chemicals will help to protect your heating system, improving efficiency and helping your boiler last longer. Without the black sludge in your system, hot water is able to circulate more efficiently, flowing at a higher pressure, which means as a homeowner you won’t need to use as much energy to heat up your home.
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OR are they just an expensive, unnecessary, and even useless gizmo?
Whilst wandering around a renewables show recently I came across yet again, another company touting a piece of kit that removes air from the water of a central heating system. And yet again the savings claims were quite extraordinary – 20% -30%! And the costs of having these things installed is ridiculously expensive taken their production costs.
Now, I am talking about these ‘ornaments’ as I will call them, being used on domestic and small commercial wet heating systems and not larger wet heating systems.
My interest in these products is such, that I wanted to explore if they could be used in conjunction with our EnergySaver wet heating additive. However, and after some research, I wouldn’t use them or recommend them because they are simply not necessary for domestic or small commercial wet heating systems – so why waste money?
My research, undertaken with a very well established and respected company, that is active in the manufacture of micro-bubble air eliminators and other such equipment, was truly eye-opening. The technical expertise of this company is such that they have probably forgotten more than the companies currently selling these ‘vortexenergysaver’ type systems to the unsuspecting public.
After my research I have come to the conclusion that the fact is, most domestic and small commercial wet heating systems simply DO NOT need any type of ‘vortexenergysaver’ or micro air bubble removal kit installed on the system because, there are much cheaper ways to deal with ‘air’ in the wet heating system.
Here’s a quote from a very well respected energy and sustainability professional when I asked him “What’s your view on vortex air removal kit for wet heating systems?” ‘A simple automatic vent would do the job significantly cheaper’
One of my main concerns is the fact that the general public are getting bamboozled by science by the salesperson and resellers of these products, and the fact that the price of these heating ornaments range from £230 to £495+, and in some cases £800+ Now, to a lot of people that’s a pretty hefty wedge of cash to part with. But wait! ‘it can save you 20%-30% on your heating bills’ is the claim from the sales person – really, can it, please prove it?
If these ‘heating ornaments’ actually really work and do save 20%-30% on heating costs, why have none of them been included under the Green Deal as an approved product? After all one company claims to have sold and installed 4,000 units, so they must work – right?
Why are these pieces of kit not being used to combat fuel poverty. Helping people in fuel poverty to save 20%-30% must be a VERY high priority? Words like ‘unique’, ‘revolutionary’, ‘money back guarantee if you don’t save 10%’ and ’40year+ lifespan’ are used to promote these products, well that’s marketing for you!
When I asked a plumber, with 35 years + in the trade, “should I install one of the vortexenergysaver type systems to get rid of the air in my central heating system?” he replied…. “Why would you spend money on something like that? If you have air in your rads, just bleed them. And if the problem persists then you have a problem with the integrity of the systems”. “What do you mean?” “As I said, If you KEEP getting air in the system after bleeding the rads, then there is something wrong with the integrity system. I suggest you have the system checked and serviced”. Well, those are my thoughts on vortexenergysaver systems, what are your thoughts? Why not ask your local plumber what they think of these new fangled heating system ornaments?
I have republished this article after legal threats from a company named VORTEXENERGYSAVER and it seems that I am not allowed to have an opinion on any of their products. Please ensure that you check out all the alternatives before buying any energy saving product and ensure that the information you are given about any product is not misleading – one good question is ‘is the company selling the product the actual manufacturer of the product that they are selling or are they just resellers adding a margin to make a profit?’
Since writing this article I have come across this scientific research study that actually may offer a counter argument to the one above. It does however refer to the removal of both dirt and air, whereas my article focuses on air alone.
If you have a wet central heating system then you should watch this video. The MagnaClean Demo shows you how you could protect your wet heating system.
It beats hands down any other type of retrofit piece of kit that makes claims of energy savings, like those that use a vortex to remove oxygen from a wet central heating system – and the MaganClean is cheaper, a lot cheaper!
I believe every commercial system should have one of the Adey Commercial Magna Cleans systems installed.
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That was a stupid question to ask really wasn’t it….or was it?
Let’s be honest, running a business is all about the bottom line….running a hotel is about a lot more…not least, guest satisfaction and your hotels’ eco-credentials.
In all reality, the consumption of energy for use in your hotel is likely to be impacting on the bottom line.
The myth is that energy conservation in hotels can undermine the quality, reduce guest comfort and deter guests from returning.
According to some surveys customers are more inclined to choose a hotel that does not damage the environment, anymore than is necessary, and some are even prepared to pay a premium to ensure this.
The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), under its Hotel Energy Solutions (HES), aims to increase energy efficiency in European hotels by 20%, which can now be achieved with the Energy Saver wet central heating additive.
So investment in reducing energy consumption and reducing the CO2 emissions makes sound business and environmental sense, especially when it could directly increase ‘the bottom line’ by reduced consumption costs, and it will improve your hotels’ eco-credentials, and even lead to carbon reduction and sustainable tourism awards!
In August 2011 The World Tourism Organisation stated that tourism is responsible for 5% of the world’s CO2 emissions, out of which hotels and other types of accommodation account for 2% – a comparatively small, yet important, footprint that the tourism industry has assumed as a priority to be addressed.
Many hotels have already implemented energy saving measures such as; energy efficient lighting, zoning controls matching occupancy, BMS or BEMS etc.Yet heating and hot water accounts for the majority of the energy requirements, and up to 60% of energy costs, in a hotel and therefore it should be addressed.
So how do you continue improving your energy consumption and eco-credentials, all whilst making cost savings?
Well, Energy Saver wet heating additive can help.
As we all know, cash-flow keeps a business running fluently, so capital costs for energy saving measures can stagnate the push for the reduction in energy consumption. So how do we get around this problem?
The introduction of Energy Saver to the hotel sector is a good place to start.
Have a read of this article that Scarborough Borough Council had published on the very well respected 2 Degrees Network.
When reading the article bear in mind that Scarborough Borough Council’s Town Hall is approximately the size of a 150 bed hotel.
If any hoteliers are interested in exploring the options of using Energy Saver, then please get in touch with me Phil Smith-Lawrence. 07748443805 or prsl@me.
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More than half of households have looked at ways to cut their energy use in the wake of rising bills, according to research for the Energy Saving Trust.
A survey of around 2,000 adults found that 53% had considered taking action after reading or hearing about the issue.