Contractors: we can help you grow your business

If you are a contractor with your own business it hardly needs stating that you’d like it to grow. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, this doesn’t happen. You quote for large projects that exceed your customers’ budgets – even though they are as desperate as you to get them done.

Well, worry not. Gas-elec Project Finance is here to help those projects happen. Subject to status, we’ll finance home improvements up to £25,000 – and pretty much any project from renewable to refurbishment qualifies.

Put another way, you can help your customers afford to carry out big home improvement projects with an easy payment plan that is backed by a company that has been in the industry for 20 years: gas-elec. Best of all, there is NO cost to you.
And you get to win more quotes and expand your business.
So, don’t delay. Contact us today.
www.gas-elec.co.uk/finance
01895 420777

‘Boris boilers’ £400 cashback scheme for Londoners

Boris Johnson this week launched the capital’s first boiler cashback scheme which offers £400 to Londoners when they replace their old boilers with a new A-rated energy efficient unit.

Both homeowners and landlords are eligible for the scheme which will ALSO save them £340 EVERY year in heating bills hereon.

To get your £400 cashback and save £340 in bills thereafter, gas-elec recommends Intergas boilers: “When you’re looking after as many properties as gas-elec does, you want the most reliable boiler on the planet,” says gas-elec MD John Davidson.

“Intergas boilers are solid, only have 4 moving parts, so there’s less to go wrong, and are exceptionally energy efficient. I always say ‘they’re the best boiler you’ve never heard of!’”

Click here to see how the INTERgas-elec deal can benefit you.

And don’t delay: the Mayor of London’s cashback scheme has a time limit.

The boiler that rarely fails

As polar gales and arctic frost sweeps across Britain bringing fears of more disruption, travel chaos and broken heating systems, it is nice to know that there’s one boiler that will rarely let you down.

Gas-elec’s new boiler of choice, the Intergas ECO RF has a heat exchanger that has never broken down since its arrival on the market 18 years ago.

Yes, you read that right. The heat exchanger in the Intergas boilers have NEVER broken down.

Here’s the science: it has no diverter valve, no valve motor, no hot water plate heat exchanger, no air vent and no air pressure switch.

In fact, it has only FOUR moving parts. Which is why breakdowns are rare in the most energy-efficient boiler in Europe.

Most boilers have up to 16 moving parts, so there’s plenty that can go wrong — especially in the coming weeks of freezing blizzards and crippling snowfall.

WIRING MATTERS

Yes, of course wiring matters — but not in the way you might think.

Last Friday was billed as a big day in the electrical calendar. 1 January 2016: from this day onwards, all domestic consumer units to be installed must be made from non-combustible material, such as steel.

Why? The tragic deaths of firefighters who got entangled in prematurely collapsed cabling. Substandard cable connections resulted in overheating which subsequently ignited their plastic enclosures. Had the systems been contained in metal, in non-combustible consumer units, they would not have gone up in flames.

So, the thinking behind these new regulations is sound. But their dissemination has been less so.

PLASTIC CONSUMER UNITS ARE STILL OK

Letting agents and landlords have been led to believe that from tomorrow, plastic consumer units are a no-no. And this is utter nonsense.

The new regs – Amendment 3 to the 17th edition of the Wiring Regulations – only apply to entirely new electrical installations.

In other words, if your electrician is putting in a new circuit, he can, after he has carried out a risk assessment, connect it to the existing plastic unit – and stay on the right side of the law.

So, don’t be scared. Last Friday was not the beginning of the end for your properties’ plastic consumer units. It was the beginning of 2016 – Happy New Year!

Probably the best boiler you’ve never heard of….

Cut your annual energy bill by around £300?  Check. Lowest boiler breakdown rate in the market? Check. Simple to install and cheap to service? Check.

There are other things we could say about gas-elec’s new boiler of choice, the Intergas ECO RF. Such as the fact that it has only four moving parts (most boilers have up to four times as many) so there is less to go wrong.

Which means, in turn, that should anything go wrong, it is quick to put them right.

Or that it uses the latest technology heat exchanger, making it the most energy-efficient boiler in Europe.

But all you probably want to know now is where you can buy Europe’s best domestic boiler. And that if it’s really so good, how come this is first time you’ve heard of it?

Well, not in one of the UK’s  DIY and home improvement stores, that’s for sure. Dutch company Intergas isn’t interested in that. That’s the answer to your first question.

Here’s the answer to your second. Intergas only promotes its boilers through the trade, through gas installers who understand what makes a top-of-the range boiler when they see (and install) one.

Which is why Intergas has joined forces with gas-elec. And why we, in turn, are so proud of our ‘new kid on the block’.

What’s more, you don’t have to fork out for Europe’s best boiler in one fell swoop. The Intergas ECO RF is available through finance, and we can offer a ten year parts and labour warranty, too.

To learn more call 01895 420777 or click here: gas-elec.co.uk/Boilers-for-Life.html

Should have got a carbon monoxide alarm

A landlord has been fined after a defective gas hob was found at his rental property.

Ashley Bedeau was fined £265 and costs of £845 after his tenants felt unwell and called the gas helpline. An engineer arrived and capped off the property’s gas supply after carbon monoxide was found in the Bedford property.

The landlord had not instructed the gas hob to be inspected as required by law.

The law also requires landlords to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in their properties – and Mr Bedeau failed on that account, too.

gas-elec.co.uk/Carbon-Monoxide-Poisoning.html

If he had been on the right side of the law, he would now be £1,110 richer. That’s a lot of money compared to the modest cost of fitting a carbon monoxide alarm.

As of 1st October, all new and existing rental properties in England must have smoke alarms on every floor, and they must be tested at the start of every tenancy. And the government recommends that carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with gas appliances that can emit carbon monoxide – appliances such as a gas hob.

gas-elec recommends that carbon monoxide and gas alarms are tested and certified at the time of your annual gas and electrical inspection, so you can be sure they are working.

As well as testing and certifying the devices, we can supply and install the smoke and CO alarms.

The smoke detectors and CO alarms have sealed lithium batteries with a ten-year life span. Because the battery unit is sealed, it cannot be tampered with.

Which means you can rest assure your tenants and property are safe for a long time.

gas-elec.co.uk/Carbon-Monoxide-Poisoning.html

Sound the alarm – TODAY!

Does your rental property have a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm?

If it doesn’t, alarm bells should ringing! For today is the day from which landlords are legally required to install them.

The new law requires landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of a rental property, and to test them at the start of every tenancy. And you must also install carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with boilers and gas fires.

Why the new legislation? Because 38% of house fire deaths happens in properties with no smoke alarms.

And three people every month die from carbon monoxide – a silent killer that you cannot see or smell.
Gas-elec installs mains-powered smoke alarms with battery back-up.

And we install smoke detectors that have sealed lithium batteries with a ten-year life span. Because the battery unit is sealed, it cannot be tampered with.

Which means YOU can rest assure your tenants and property are safe for a long time.

To find out more ‘click here’

Green Deal With It!

Unless you have been living in a cave since January 2013, you will know that the Green Deal is the government’s biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War.

You have been living in a cave? OK, Britain has some of the oldest housing stock in Europe: poorly insulated homes which leak heat through their walls, windows and roofs, and which consume too much energy.

The government is determined to sort it all out and build a less wasteful, energy-efficient society in which people can get their energy bills under control. And Green Deal is the name of the programme which is going to bring this about.

But what does this mean for you personally? Well, it means you can make energy-efficient improvements to your home, or rental property, and most of the work will be funded –with little contribution from you.

An exponential six-fold rise in Green Deal plans

In fact, 530 Green Deal plans are now sold every week. This time last year, the figure was 82 per week. This is an exponential six-fold increase!

And in just eight years’time, 1.1 million homes are set to have a Green Deal in place.
All of which should scream one thing at you. If you don’t have a Green Deal plan in place, look into it now.

The smart way to finance home improvements

It is a smart new way of financing that new boiler or cavity wall insulation you have thinking about.
Put another way, if you need a new hot water system, you can pay for it the traditional way or you can be clever about it and finance the works through a Green Deal loan.

The interest on that loan is 6.9% but what makes it really affordable is that the repayments are made through savings on the energy bill. No repayments are made from your bank account.

And there are no fewer than 45 measures under Green Deal – 45 ways, that is, of reducing your energy bills.

Compulsory smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for rental properties

Landlords will be legally required to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties from October 2015.

The move will help prevent the 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries that occur every year, says Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.
“In 1988, just eight per cent of homes had a smoke alarm installed, but now it is over 90 per cent. The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection,” he said.

The changes to the law will require landlords to install alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy. Landlords should also install carbon monoxide alarms in rooms containing carbon-using appliances such as boilers and fires, and those with solid fuel heating.

gas-elec applauds changes to the law

gas-elec welcomes the Housing Minister’s decision. As we say elsewhere on this site, smoke alarms give people precious minutes to leave a dangerous building in safety. In fact, people are four times as likely to die in a fire in a property if there’s no working smoke alarm.

To help you, gas-elec installs mains-powered smoke alarms with battery back-up. In a standard smoke alarm, batteries have to be replaced every 12 months, which can pose a potential risk to tenants if the battery is allowed to go beyond its useful life without detection.

In addition, we install a new range of smoke detectors that have sealed lithium batteries with a ten-year lifespan. This means that you can rest assured that your tenants and property are safe for a long time. And because the battery unit is sealed, it cannot be tampered with, offering you the peace of mind that you are providing the protection needed.

All smoke alarms should comply with BS 5446 Part 1.