The trial of The EnergySaver trial at The English Institute of Sport, run by Sean Midgley GCGI, MCMI, Tech – IOSH of SIV Ltd, has now concluded and the figures and data are in, and being collated into a report ready.All indications are it is another very successful trial. The EnergySaver has ‘done what it says on the tin’, or this case the bottle. Now it’s onto the next stage, which is to hand over the report to PR machine. If you would like a copy prior to the report being published please email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line EISS Reoprt request. Thanks Phil Smith-Lawrence.
Pre-trial report can be see here:
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Why you should listen to the experts and NOT chemical heating additive sales people – certain ones anyway!
I recently read a document authored, sorry authored is the wrong word – as an author understands the subject matter – so we shall call it a collection of words, put together on a page, that actually serves very little purpose in any sort of informative way.
Now, I have met the person that I am referring too, the same person that cobbled the collection of words together in an effort to promote their product, and on one occasion I had a conversation with him about biomass. It was laughable how little he knew, yet he was actually seeing potential clients in an effort to sell them a biomass boiler!
Now that is one scary situation, a supposed ‘salesman’ that knew very little about the product he was selling.
And biomass boiler installations aren’t cheap!
Anyway, I digress.
After the reading the said collection of words I sought out the advice of a professional energy and environmental manager and engineer, he is also a well respected individual in the energy and environmental management industry.
This is a man that manages a portfolio of 17 buildings, some of which are substantial, and he has been extremely instrumental in obtaining a prestigious award – The Carbon Trust Standard, awarded for a reduction in carbon emissions. So, I can safely say he knows what he is talking about.
Here are his thoughts on power flushing a wet heating system.
If a system is allowed to get to a state where power-flushing is required in a commercial setting it raises concerns.
Companies have a responsibility to protect staff and public, an excessively dirty system suggests either they’re not taking their legionella responsibilities seriously and could end up in jail, or they’re not managing their legionella management company and could end up in jail – either way if someone was to become ill or die as a result of a lack of maintenance the outcome is likely to be jail (sermon over).
It is likely that power flushing will help improve a very dirty system, or possibly restore full circulation. It is equally likely that by this time the system will require a vast amount of maintenance, the good news is this is generally on the small bore pipe work, as the larger pipe work is less likely to become blocked.
I would firstly suggest a system test to determine the level of contamination, if the contamination was high, then I would suggest draining the system down putting a suitable propriety cleaning agent suitable for use with the components within the system (some systems have aluminium heat exchangers and the use of conventional cleaning agents, usually acid based can have deleterious effects).
Run the system for several days with the cleaning agent in the system (during refill of the system why not get a water meter fitted to the supply to give a system volume?), drain down the system and fit a magnetic or bag type cleaner into the return side of the heating system prior to the boiler, refill with clean water, inhibitor and EnergySaver.
A clean system will give an improved performance, reduction in electricity and boiler fuel, the magnetic cleaner will continue to collect the magnetite dislodged from within the system and improve performance, EnergySaver does what it says on the tin and the inhibitor will prevent further production of magnetite.
You may find afterwards there’s some increase in noise from the system, which can be improved with a noise suppressant for heating systems.
The cost of a system sample is significantly cheaper than a power-flush, which won’t always cure the problem, this may call for a good old fashioned plumber or heating engineer.
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So, I think we can safely say that whilst domestic wet heating systems can benefit from power flushing, commercial systems require more diagnosis to ascertain the exact nature of the problem prior to embarking on what will be a very expensive course of action – that may not be necessary – power flushing.
And always remember to use independent professionals to get independent advice before spending £££’s.
Click on the image below to see the symptoms which indicate that a wet heating system would benefit from a power flush and we can safely say that this applies mainly to domestic wet heating systems.
As we sell EnergySaver, which is a wet heating additive, the pre-installation service we provide does include power flushing as an option, but only after an independent system fluid test and report has been obtained and the opinion of an independent heating engineer has been sought.
We DO NOT the use ‘power flushing’ as a claim of enhancement for the product, nor do we use it to make up for lack of sales ability on the part of the salesman, and we certainly would never advise any client to spend what could be thousands of pounds on a process just to try and make a product look better.
Animated image courtesy of http://www.firstcallheating.co.uk
Ovo Energy, a small power company, has pledged to bring annual bills down to under £1,000.
Ovo says that a 9.5% fall in wholesale gas prices over the winter has allowed it to lower prices.
Its pledge comes just weeks after a competition inquiry was announced into the “big six” energy firms to see if they are hampering competition in the energy market.
Ovo’s price is based on a dual fuel, medium user paying by direct debit.
In the UK, the average annual dual-fuel bill – covering gas and electricity – is about £1,264 per household.
Last month, SSE – one of the big six energy firms – said it would freeze domestic gas and electricity prices at their current levels until 2016.
The price of energy has become an important political issue, particularly after several of the big energy firms raised tariffs at the end of last year.
Last month, a report by regulator Ofgem called for an investigation into the market by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
The Ofgem report criticised the effectiveness of competition.
It also found “possible tacit co-ordination” on the size and timing of price rises, but did not accuse the major energy firms of colluding over prices.
Managing director at Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick, said: “Competition works. It is the best chance we have of bringing down bills, but we need a better market to make that possible.”
“That means when wholesale prices fall, customers shouldn’t see prices being frozen, they should see them falling,” he added.
Customers would have to sign up to a fixed deal for 12 months to secure the sub-£1,000 Ovo bill.
Image courtesy of Ovo Energy. Article courtesy of the BBC.
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How much does it cost you to acquire new customers?
£25 – £35 – £45 or more per new customer?
Have you ever worked out the actual costs?
Now before you read on, I would like to say that there are people and companies out there that can guide you through the customer acquisition maze far better than I can. And it is a maze to the uninitiated really when you look at the amount of graphs, metrics, numbers and other colourful technical charts that the specialist in this field use.
As a business person you will already know that there is a cost associated with acquiring new customers;
▶ Sales commissions
▶ Social media promotion
And these are a just a few of them.There are plenty more to be added in to calculate the true cost!
I believe in good old fashioned service and ‘freebies’ for the customer.
The ‘freebies’ don’t have to be too expensive and they should also benefit the customer. The greater the benefit, the happier the customer.One thing that always makes customers happy is if you help them to save money by giving them something to help them do exactly that.
Now at this point I would like to clarify that nothing in this world is free…..well maybe fresh air. If you, as a business, are going to give your customers something for free, your business will bear the cost. But you knew that anyway.
A lot also depends on the margins that you are making on the sale as to whether you use ‘freebies’ to acquire new customers!
If your business sells a product or a service that is valued in the £000’s would you consider spending another £25+VAT to secure a new customer?
So, all the solar system, ground source and air source heat pump, biomass boiler sales and installation companies out there, to name just a few in the energy efficiency and renewables sector, would you like to stand out from your competitors, by offering your potential customers another energy saving product – for free?
Well, now you can by offering your customers EnergySaver.
What does EnergySaver do?
EnergySaver is a wet heating additive that is proven to save 18% on gas consumption, heating costs and reduce CO2 emissions.
How much EnergySaver do my new customers need?
It all depends on the size of the heating system – a standard 3 bed house would need 1 litre. A commercial installation would need more.
How much can my new customers save?
If their heating bill was £1,000 per year, then 18% = £180 per year.
As EnergySaver lasts for a minimum of three years* in the heating system, thats a total of £540.
Not bad for a ‘freebie’?
Please see more information here and if you are interested in using EnergySaver as a customer acquisition tool, then please contact me Phil Smith-Lawrence on 07748443805 or email@example.com.
* if a system is drained down during maintenance or suffers from leaks and/or bursts, it is advised that the EnergySaver be replenished. If any fluid in the system does leak via bursts etc it will affect the savings on heating bills if EnergySaver is not re-dosed into the heating system.
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Fuel bills for Greater Manchester council tenants are set to come down following a multi-million pound deal between the British government and Japan.
A £20 million project will see new heat pumps installed in 600 homes in a move to fight fuel poverty.
The new pumps, which look like air conditioning units, use electricity to suck in air from the outside and heat radiators and water tanks. They will reduce the need for households to draw power from the national grid and make greater use of cheaper, off peak tariffs.
They will initially be installed at social housing properties in Wigan, Bury and northManchester. It is hoped they will be rolled out to thousands more as the region looks to shift its dependence on gas central heating.
The new Smart Community Demonstration Project will manage energy flows as part of the deal involving Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Energy and Climate Change and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO) agency – the main funders behind the move – at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.
Changes will be completed by March 2017 and contribute to efforts by the region’s town halls to bring down CO2 emissions.
Lord Peter Smith, chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and leader of Wigan council, said: “This is an exciting project and places Greater Manchester at the forefront of the development of green energy technology. It’s essential we develop cleaner and greener energy systems to deal with issues such as climate change and also that we find cheaper ways of heating our homes to tackle fuel poverty.
“This scheme is good news for the environment and good news for hard-pressed families fed-up with sky-high energy bills.”
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