OFTEC Issues Safety Advice Following Stove Incidents in Wexford

Safety First3rd February 2015:   OFTEC, the organisation which represents the domestic oil and solid fuel heating and cooking industry in Ireland, today issued a safety warning to householders following an incident on Friday 23rd January 2015 involving a multi-fuel stove at Davidstown in Glynn, county Wexford.

Wexford fire fighters have reportedly been called to several fires involving multi-fuel stoves in recent weeks. A fire service spokesman said two were particularly serious and involved hot gases from the stoves’ flues going into the joists and setting fire to the roofs of two homes.

There has been major growth in the sales of stoves in Ireland in recent years, with as many as 40,000 estimated to be sold here annually.

OFTEC issued important advice for stove owners to prevent very dangerous incidents like those in Wexford happening again.

OFTEC Ireland Manager, David Blevings says: “While they have also fast become a trendy centre-piece in the homes of many families – it is critically important they are installed and maintained correctly. Like all fuel burning appliances, they should be installed by a registered technician and then serviced at least once a year.”

“If a flue is installed incorrectly this can lead to a fire starting in the attic or a carbon monoxide leak into the property with potentially deathly consequences. The guidelines relating to stove installation detailed in the Technical Guidance Document J must be followed.”

“The current regulations require all new and replacement heating installations to be commissioned and we are encouraging householders to use an OFTEC registered technician who specialises in solid fuel installs. Many of our technicians are now installing and servicing solid fuel appliances and for added peace of mind, carry a flue gas analyser that can check for carbon monoxide spillage”.

“Our advice on stoves is simple, use a competent person for your solid fuel installation work to ensure it is carried out professionally and correctly to current Building regulation standards”, added David.

In addition to protecting your family and home, OFTEC advises that the annual servicing of appliances will also improve their efficiency, offering potential cost savings on energy bills and can also extend the life of the appliance by avoiding costly repairs or replacements.

For your nearest OFTEC technician log on to http://www.ofteconline.com/locatecompany.asp



 OFTEC IrelandOFTEC is the Oil Firing Technical Association and represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in the UK and Republic of Ireland. OFTEC’s runs a not-for-profit trade association for the manufacturers of oil fired equipment and a licensed, competent persons scheme for the technicians who install, commission and service oil-fired equipment.

OFTEChas over 10,000 registered businesses and technicians throughout Ireland and the UK who are qualified and insured to work in your home. A list of OFTEC registered technicians can be found at www.oftec.org.

SEAI Energy Show – RDS Dublin on March 25th and 26th 2015

SEA Energy Show 2015

Visit the Energy Show 2015

RDS Dublin, March 25th and 26th

Get up to speed with the latest energy saving technologies at SEAI’s Energy Show

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Energy Show 2015 takes place at the RDS, Dublin on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th of March. This annual two-day business event, which last year saw 160 companies exhibit their sustainable energy products and services, is the premier energy trade exhibition in Ireland and a must for those interested in energy management and innovations in energy efficient practices.

Visitors to the 2015 Energy Show can learn how to maximise energy savings for their business with solutions ranging from building energy management systems for large premises, to time and temperature controls for SMEs, heat recovery systems, high efficiency boilers and lots in-between. In addition to the exhibition, the Show will feature best practice retrofit demonstration areas, networking opportunities with international markets, an electric vehicle pavilion with free test drives for visitors and a wide range of workshops, seminars and briefing events.

This year a new SEAI Energy Theatre will be located in the Main Hall with free talks updating attendees on the latest policy and market developments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.   Topics will include briefings on the latest energy statistics for Ireland and their implications for business, energy management standards, how to maximise tax incentives like the Accelerated Capital Allowances, BER workshops, electric vehicles for fleet users and best practice in energy efficiency. This packed agenda is free to all visitors and sessions will be available for pre-booking on www.seai.ie/energyshow.

Last year the Energy Show brought together 3,700 visitors, and many availed of the opportunity to link up with international markets. Representatives from a host of worldwide embassies and trade organisations will be available to meet with Irish companies to discuss business opportunities abroad. This represents a unique international networking opportunity and is a platform to develop overseas business and contacts. Countries will be present at scheduled times and full details are on the SEAI website.

The Energy Show is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in energy management and sustainability, from small business to large industry and from public bodies to community organisations, to witness the latest innovations in energy efficiency and to participate in open debates on the future of sustainable energy in Ireland.

The SEAI Energy Show is a free business exhibition and will run on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th of March from 10am – 6pm.

For further details visit www.seai.ie/energyshow.

Make International Business Connections at the Energy Show The Energy Show offers visitors a unique platform to access international markets with scheduled networking sessions taking place over the two days of the Show.   Also present will be the Enterprise Europe Network which offers free help to small and medium-sized businesses to make the most of business opportunities in Europe and beyond. For businesses looking to expand their operation, they can meet with trade representatives from:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Britain
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Israel
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain

For more details, including the networking schedule visit www.seai.ie/energyshow



Top Energy Saving Tips In the Home

Top Energy Saving Tips In the Home

  • Look at energy efficient labelling when purchasing new appliances.  An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 45% less electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating.
  •  Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need, research has found that a full kettle boiled 4 times per day will cost almost €60 more per year, than one filled for just two cups. It was also discovered that a huge percentage of  kettles used in homes are over 10 years old and are far less efficient than newer models.
  •  Wait until you have a full load in your washing machine or dishwasher before starting. Having a fully loaded dishwasher or washing machine will save both electricity and water. If you can use cold water washing powder and cold water cycles considerable savings can be made.
  • Regularly defrosting your fridge and freezer will keep it running more efficiently. Ice should never be more than 6mm as this will reduce the efficiency and by defrosting a freezer twice a year you can save an average of €20 of your electricity bills. You should also ensure the seals around the door are working correctly. When closing the door place a piece of paper across the seal; if the paper is easy to move, the door is not creating a good seal and the appliance is running inefficiently.
  • You can make up to a 90% saving in your lighting bills by retrofitting your old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs . LED bulbs can also have a life span of over 20 years under general operation.
  •  Much of a room’s heat is lost through windows. Closing curtains and ensuring the curtains do not hang over radiators will stop them acting as a funnel for heat out the window. Savings can be made on a home’s space heating requirements.
  • Close all doors to separate heated from unheated areas of the home, and minimise the area you are heating. There is no need to spend money heating rooms nobody is in.
  • By turning the room temperature down by only 1°C, an average of 10% can be knocked off your heating bill. Room temperature should be set between 18°C and 20°C.
  • CFL lightbulbs use 80% less electricity than an equivalent incandescent lightbulb and typically lasts eight to twelve times longer. Replacing 3 X 100w incandescent lightbulbs with CFL’s which operate for 3 hours per day can save €43 per annum.
  •  Always turn off lights when leaving a room, even if only for a few minutes. Lighting can account for as much as 15% of a household electricity bills and by being more careful and turning off lights, dramatic savings can be achieved.
  •  Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby. This will save up to 20% of your appliances’ energy use.
  •  By keeping windows and skylights clean there will be a reduced need for additional artificial light.
  •  Ensure that your hot water cylinder and piping are fitted with lagging insulation which will reduce the heat loss.
  •  Educate yourself on how to use your heating systems correctly, often people use the heating system incorrectly leading to higher operation costs and a waste of resources.
  • When brushing your teeth make sure to turn off the tap; an average running tap wastes 6 litres of water per minute so you could save between 12 – 18 litres of water every time you brush your teeth. If a tap was to be left on every person could waste as much as 13,140 litres of water per year.
  • Make sure that there are no drips from taps or showers; a dripping tap could waste over 5,500 litres of water per year. Fixing a dripping tap is very simple and can be completed by a competent DIY person.
  •  By replacing a conventional 7 litre toilet cistern with a 4/2.5 litre duel flush system, savings of roughly 80 litres per day can be achieved. This may cost in the region of €150 – €175, but a far cheaper option is to fill an empty water container and place it in the cistern. This will reduce the flush by the volume of the water in the container.
  •  Talk to Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, there are energy grants offered by The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland which you may be entitled to. These grants could allow you to further improve the energy efficiency of your home.