Gas failure in part of UK render homes without heating in freezing temperature

Thousands of people spent the night without heat in freezing temperatures below zero after gas outage in Falkirk on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of engineers are visiting homes in the area as part of a major operation to tackle the gas network failure.

Fire brigade helping with distribution of heaters in Falkirk

Heaters and portable cookers have been distributed to vulnerable residents and 14 schools and nurseries are closed.

Gas infrastructure company SGN said it had now begun reconnecting supplies to homes across the area.

The company said previously that it had hoped to visit all 8,000 affected properties by Monday afternoon.

By 21:30 on Monday, SGN confirmed it had reconnected gas to 3,000 properties.

More than 250 engineers are going door-to-door to turn off gas supplies at the meter for safety reasons.

Falkirk Council said the majority of schools in the area, as well as Kinnaird Waters early learning and childcare centre, would reopen on Tuesday.

Bainsford primary school and nursery class, Larbert early learning and childcare centre, and Kinnaird primary school and Thistle Wing will remain closed.

Source: BBC News

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Essential tips on empty property

When a property is unoccupied – between tenants, awaiting sale, or the resident is absent for any reason, it is expected that the property will be exposed to greater level of risk than any other time.

Below are some few tips that can help;

  • Security – Review and implement adequate security measures and remove valuables
  • Water supply – To avoid the risk of freezing causing serious damage, systems should be drained down and the water switched off at the stopcock. Alternatively, the central heating system be active 24 hours per day (not timed) at a minimum of 15 degrees centigrade. If possible, the water should still be switched off at the stopcock (note – some boilers work on mains pressure, making this impractical). If any water is stored in the loft, the access hatch should be left open part way, allowing warm air to circulate in the loft space.
  • Water tank – Ensure it is kept warm or emptied
  • Regular visit – Inspect the property as often as possible
  • Gas and electricity – Ensure Gas and electricity are switched off at the mains if not in use.
  • Maintenance – Keep the property and grounds tidy
  • Insurance – If you don’t tell your insurer that the property is empty, at best the cover under your policy may be restricted. At worst be invalidated completely, leaving you totally uninsured. Many insurers will refuse to provide further cover, some may continue but with severe restrictions. There are specialist insurance companies that offer unoccupied property  insurance.

 

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Home energy saver: Buy green appliance

Most home appliances are switched on 24hrs a day or used everyday and as such uses the most energy and cost the most money to run in the home.

The next time  you have to replace your fridge, freezer, washing machine or dishwater, shop around to find one with a A or A+ energy rating. As these appliances use less energy, they also cost less to run. When buying a new appliance, look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo, which proves the appliance has met rigorous standards to qualify for the Energy saving Trust’s scheme.

Energy saving washing machines have to be AAA-rated to qualify, gaining an A in energy efficiency, spin efficiency and wash performance. Home appliance are used everyday, fridges, freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, so if you still have an old appliance, you’re sure to be wasting energy and money.

 

 

 

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Save energy before you spend

There are some simple practical tips to save money on your bills at home. If you put all of the money you’ve saved to one side, your dream holiday will become a reality in next to no time. Try these top tips and you could save an average of £300 per year on energy bills.

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  • Use energy saver light bulb – Each bulb could save you up to £7 per year. Replace 15 bulbs and that could save you over £100. Now you can get stylish, dimmable and warm light energy saver bulbs so you don’t have to compromise on the mood of your rooms or style either. There is an energy saver equivalent for nearly all light fitting types, including halogen.
  • Insulate your home – 40% of heat is lost through walls, windows, doors and the ceiling. insulate your home properly, and you’ll be able to turn down the thermostat.
  • Turn the heating down – By turning your heating down by as little as 1°C you can save up to 10% on your energy bills. Only heat the rooms you use when you use them.
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  • Switch it off – On average we waste £50 per year by leaving appliances such as TVs and DVD players on stand-by. Use 24 hour timer switches, motion sensor light control and energy saver remote control sockets to turn appliances off at the source.

 

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10 things to do between property purchase exchange and completion

Before the completion of your residential property purchase, there are few things you can do between exchange and completion. This process can typically take about two weeks.

  1. Make sure that you have re-set up any direct debits/standing orders in your new address.
  2. Reconfirm dates and times with your removals company, and make sure they have your new address details, including any restriction and information on parking.  Make sure they have your mobile phone number and an alternative mobile number if available so they can contact you en route if necessary.
  3. If you are paying for your possessions to be packed for you, its worth singling out any particular precious, valuable or breakable pieces and packing them separately yourself. Mark the boxes ‘fragile’ if they’re going to be loaded onto a removals van or lorry.
  4. If you’re packing yourself obtain some creates/boxes from your local removals company and do the packing on time especially the precious, valuable or breakable items so they can be properly and safely done.
  5. Make a list of what to pack last and to unpack first at the other end, and set aside a box or two for theses items. Typically this list will include household essentials such as toilet rolls; a small selection of crockery and cutlery, including mugs and teaspoons; a kettle; tea, coffee and sugar; milk; snacks; light bulbs; a torch; a selection of fuses; a couple of saucepans, utensils; a tea towel and hand towel; a wiping-down cloth; cleaning materials; bedding and pyjamas ; slippers; washbag; phone charger, alarm clock.
  6. Agree a time with your estate agent or solicitor when you can collect your new keys and hand over your old keys.
  7. Arrange for any utilities re-connections that require access to your new address to coincide with you getting access to the property.
  8. Register with a new doctor, dentist and/or other health provider(s) in your new area.
  9. If you have any regular deliveries or services at your old address, such as window cleaning, milk food, newspaper deliveries and so on, arrange to have them cancelled in good time and settle any unpaid accounts. Start to use up foods from the fridge and freezer.
  10. If you have pets make arrangement for them and think about what plants, if any, you might want to take with you with the agreement of the next tenant/owner.

 

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£1.3m UK house for Sale with multiple plug sockets trending on twitter

post  on Twitter from Toby Davis, which has since had more than 6,000 likes and 2,000 retweets, first picked up on the excessive socket placement.

He wrote: “Thinking about buying this house, but I’m not sure it has enough plug sockets,” and later added “or downlighters”.

Photos of the inside of a £1.3 million house on Rightmove have left people on Twitter feeling unwell and wondering what the property was used for by the previous owners.

The five-bedroom detached home in Middlesex promises a family-friendly location, bright spaces and a conservatory leading to a patio area and spacious garden behind.

Almost every single room seems to be inexplicably covered with plug sockets.

Sockets stacked on top of each other plaster the walls and line the windows – and some of them don’t even line up.

The previous owner must have been operating a call centre or media company from his home. What do you think?

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Green number plate proposed for UK electric cars

Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans.

The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.

The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target of net zero emissions.

But Friends of the Earth said without better financial incentives and more charging points, little would change.

The government is asking industry and the public for their views on how to implement the scheme.

“As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” said the Department for Transport (DfT).

“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking.”

The government said a similar licence plate scheme introduced on a trial basis in the Canadian province of Ontario had led to an increase in electric vehicle registrations.

However, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “While the sentiment seems right, there are question marks as to whether drivers would see this as a badge of honour or alternatively it could foster resentment among existing drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles.

“On the face of it, drivers we’ve questioned don’t seem too impressed – only a fifth think it’s a good idea and the majority said the number plates wouldn’t have the effect of making them any more likely to switch to an electric vehicle.”

Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates urged the introduction of a national scrappage scheme, saying it would “help fund a switch to a cleaner vehicle or greener transport alternative”.

Source: BBC News