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Hangover cures

Hangover cures

With ‘the season to be jolly’ fast approaching, some of these hangover remedies may come in useful! As far as we know, there are no over the counter cures for hangovers (yet) but below are a few options that may help reduce that hangover from hell to something a bit more bearable. When you have a hangover, you will most likely be dehydrated (which will make you fell worse), but the main cause of a... »

When was the last time you reviewed your credit card?

When was the last time you reviewed your credit card?

How long have you had your credit card? 1, 2 or 3 years? Well, MoneySuperMarket’s latest survey reveals that it’s most likely to be for at least seven years, with nearly a third of us staying with the same card provider for more than a decade! The credit card market has moved on a lot in that time with interest free offers lasting longer, more choice for balance transfers and more generous cashbac... »

Renewable Energy Firm Offers Free Biomass Boiler Installation

Renewable Energy Firm Offers Free Biomass Boiler Installation

South Yorkshire-based renewable energy providers A Shade Greener has launched a scheme that offers businesses a free commercial wood-pellet boiler installation.  They will install the system and provide twenty years’ maintenance.  The boiler itself, the installation and servicing is all completely free of charge in return for a percentage of the Renewable Heat Incentive tariff for which the boiler... »

The Top Seven Wood Pellet Boilers Reviewed

The Top Seven Wood Pellet Boilers Reviewed

Thinking of changing to a wood pellet boiler? But need some advice on which boiler will best suit your needs? Then have a read of the reviews below…… 1. Froling – P4 Austrian company Froling is recognised throughout Europe as one of the trend-setters in wood heating technology.  The multi-award winning P4 wood pellet boiler is exceptional for its energy maximisation, convenience and fl... »

How Do Wood Pellet Systems Work in the UK?

How Do Wood Pellet Systems Work in the UK?

The UK has lagged behind some of its European neighbours, such as Austria, Sweden and Germany, in terms of its use and practical knowledge of biomass boilers.  Users of wood pellet boilers in the UK have sometimes run into difficulties due to several issues: –          the original installers may not have been sufficiently trained to install the boiler correctly (its buffers and controls are... »

Wood Pellets – Seven Tips You Should Know Before You Buy

Wood Pellets – Seven Tips You Should Know Before You Buy

Thinking through the source, delivery and storage of your wood pellets, below are seven tips to consider: 1.  If you receive, or intend to receive the RHI payments, make sure your supplier is signed up to the Biomass Suppliers List or that you can source your pellets from a supplier who will be registered by this autumn.   From autumn 2014 it will be a requirement for recipients of the RHI to demo... »

Will Wood Pellets replace Oil and LPG (Liquid Propane Gas)?

Will Wood Pellets replace Oil and LPG (Liquid Propane Gas)?

Questions that people switching to biomass boilers might ask are: are there enough wood pellets?  Where do they come from?  Surely chopping down trees is bad?   If everybody switched to biomass, surely there wouldn’t be enough to go round? There is some distinction to be made between the source of pellets that are used in large power stations for electricity generation, where a switch is gra... »

iOS 8 features you may be better off without

iOS 8 features you may be better off without

Apple’s launch of iOS 8 has introduced a whole range of beneficial features, and raised few problems including increased battery drain. So some which you may be better off without!   Predictive keyboard The new predictive keyboard, QuickType, that learns from what you type maybe great for writing a long text, but when it starts suggesting your frequently used passwords you may have a problem!... »

Switching from Oil to Wood Pellets to Heat Your Home

Switching from Oil to Wood Pellets to Heat Your Home

If you are ‘off grid’ and currently rely on oil (or liquid propane gas [LPG]) it’s worth considering switching to a wood-pellet boiler to heat your home and hot water – particularly if your boiler is old and due for replacement, the switch could be considered a ‘no brainer’.  Although the up-front costs are high, you will (i) save around a third on your fuel bill and (ii) you will receive the Gove... »

What is biomass?

What is biomass?

Biomass refers to material derived from living or recently living organisms (usually plants, but animal substances as well). Biomass can be used as a fuel source directly (through processes such as combustion and anaerobic digestion) or indirectly through a conversion process, for example when corn is distilled to make ethanol fuel.  Biomass can be in the form of: wood, energy crops, agricultural ... »

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