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Number One for Plumbing & Heating Supplies Boilers • Radiators • Towel Warmers Fittings • Renewables • Stoves • Oil Tanks Water Cylinders • Spares • Drainage Sanitaryware • Brassware • Tools Consumables & much more.... www.snipef.org SPONSORED COLUMN A VISION FOR THE FUTURE By OFTEC CEO Paul Rose OFF GRID domestic heating is at a crossroads. The goals are clear – to improve energy efficiency, cut fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions to meet the UK’s 2020 targets and beyond – all of which OFTEC fully support. However, the route to achieving these aims currently remains unclear. Existing domestic heat policy does not adequately address these issues. The main government vehicle for carbon reduction in the off-grid sector is the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). But the poorly performing scheme, which has been the centre of Northern Ireland’s current political storm, only provides a viable solution for the wealthy minority who can afford the high upfront costs of installing wholly renewable heating technologies. The competitive price of oil, which is still cheaper than mains gas, also makes switching to expensive renewable options an even less attractive prospect for most households. Meanwhile, more successful schemes such as ‘Warmer Homes Scotland’ aim to provide efficient heating and insulation for low income households. But with the failure of Green Deal, where is the support for the majority of consumers who are neither ‘well off’ or classified as ‘fuel poor’? Without mass consumer take up and buy-in from heating installers, government heat policy will continue fail in its aims. With this in mind, OFTEC has put forward a compelling case to introduce a two-stage approach to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency for oil heated households. This proposes rolling out a country-wide boiler replacement programme in the short term, similar to the highly successful Northern Ireland scheme that ended recently, whilst developing a very low/zero carbon liquid fuel alternative to kerosene as a realistic medium to long-term solution. Boiler replacement schemes are more affordable, easier to comprehend and simpler to implement for homeowners compared to renewable alternatives, resulting in much higher take up, with the added benefit of reducing household energy bills which, in turn, helps to lessen the severe issue of fuel poverty. Importantly, our independently verified data also shows a boiler replacement scheme would, for the same amount of government spend, prove five times more effective in reducing carbon emissions from oil heated households than the current domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). However, we believe the future lies in ‘greening’ the fuel. Following advancements in biofuel and building on OFTEC’s successful development of a bio/kerosene blend of fuel in 2010, we are evaluating the suitability of low carbon liquid fuels currently employed in the transport sector, for use as a heating fuel. For further information on OFTEC registration call 01473 626298, email registration@oftec.org or visit www.joinoftec.com • 25 Register NOW to Trade Online! Ask in branch for details or register online. ABERDEEN 01224 877522 AYR 01292 286381 AVIEMORE 01479 811567 CUMBERNAULD 01236 868710 CUPAR 01334 655700 DUNDEE 01382 880044 EDINBURGH 0131 657 5151 ELGIN 01343 543181 FORT WILLIAM 01397 705375 FRASERBURGH 01346 514474 GLASGOW KINN. 0141 419 0900 GLASGOW STH. ST. 0141 434 1520 INVERNESS 01463 237391 INVERURIE 01467 629853 KIRKCALDY 01592 653295 KIRKWALL 01856 871282 PERTH 01738 638323 SKYE 01478 612577 STORNOWAY 01851 704046 THURSO 01847 891685 www.williamwilson.co.uk We now offer e-billing. Scan the code for details


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