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HPM October 2012

LETTERSTOTHEEDITOR WWW.HPMMAG.COM Send your letters to: HPM, Unity Media, Becket House, Vestry Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 5EJ. E-mail: twood@unity-media.com The Editor retains the right to edit letters. Unsigned submissions will not be printed. THE LEADING SUPPLIER OF PLUMBING AND HEATING PRODUCTS IN THE UK BATHROOMS l KITCHENS l PLUMBING l HEATING l RENEWABLES l DRAINAGE l TOOLS & ESSENTIALS l ELECTRICAL a company  0870 162 2557  www.plumbcenter.co.uk CONTACT US NOW: Lack of Green Deal knowledge a worry for government Ref: Homeowners want more information on the workings of every initiative out there. on television and radio during prime time, and Green Deal, HPM, July/Aug A typical example of this is the Renewable in national newspapers would be a start. In times of recession, the government should be Heat Premium Payment, which gives money to It’s all very well pumping million of pounds applauded for providing funding for initiatives householders to help them buy renewable into a scheme, but little point if people know such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, the technologies. I am led to believe that the first nothing about what is on offer. Feed-in Tariff and the Green Deal. phase offered £12 million in vouchers, but take However, it is all very well providing the up has been extremely poor. J Mortimer, via e-mail cash, but what is it actually doing to publicise Now HPM reveals that homeowners want The Letter of the such schemes? As someone in the industry, I more information on the Green Deal, with 89% Month now receives am fully aware of the terms and conditions, of the 1200 surveyed admitting they wouldn’t £200 worth of Argos but what is being done to educate the touch accredited products and services at the vouchers - courtesy homeowner, 99% of whom don’t read the moment. That is an alarming statistic! of Plumb Center - trade press, which offer proper insights into So what can the government do? More adverts so get writing! Company failures Time to retro-fit existing properties Ref: Lowest boiler sales for ten years lead to Ref: Homeowners want more information on heating experts and academics on the continent HHIC plea, HPM, September Green Deal, HPM, July/Aug has dispelled this myth, showing that steel panel Regarding the Heating and Hotwater Industry Regarding the government's Green Deal plans, it products can be as, if not more, efficient than Council (HHIC) wanting government action to has to be noted that the 'approved list' of other emitters when used with low water rejuvenate housing and construction markets, products which would lever grants is not in the temperatures. that is the most sensible and possibly the only public interest. Radiators cost tens, rather than hundreds or method going forward. Some 70% of the UK housing stock of 2050 is thousands of pounds to purchase and are being With new housing equaling the 1920's already in place, meaning that the greatest installed easily as like-for-like replacements to volume, and the UK being one of the forward opportunity for improving the eco standards of the existing 190 million products already in countries, if that method is not adopted now, this country's homes lies in retro-fitting these place. only company failures will ensue with the loss of existing properties. When an option such as this is available, millions unemployed to follow. While the measures covered by the Green Deal making it possible for homeowners to make can all play a part in making a home greener, the positive environmental improvements for less Max Gibbins, via e-mail programme ignores the fact that radiators are money and with less disruption to their homes already in place in 23.6 million UK homes and and lives, it seems ill-advised of those leading the are easily replaceable when they reach the end of Green Deal to have ignored it. Tax hypocrosy years. There is a school of thought that radiators Chairman, Manufacturers' Association ofJohn Collingtheir lifespan, which is usually in excess of 30aren't suitably 'green' products. Ref: Pimlico MD wants tax avoiders However, research conducted by leading Radiators and Convectors punished, Plumbzine All tax avoiders should be punished but Dangers of oil need to be highlighted please don’t believe it is always blue collar workers. I’m aware of other professionals who Ref: Gas Safety Trust announces support of the CD/12. Unfortunately it isn’t a legal think nothing of taking cash! APPGSG, Plumbzine requirement for landlords to have one. How When is someone going to realise that the gases stupid is that? Michael Bridges, via e-mail and products of combustion from oil-fired When asked of any government official why appliances, both heating and cooking, are just as oil-fired heating is not regulated and mandatory, I think the government has a cheek picking dangerous, if not more so, than natural gas, LPG as is the case for gas, we are told 'oh well, you on the building trade. It really needs to look and solid fuel appliances? I say this because no haven't killed enough people yet!' at its own antics before it ridicules us! one seems to emphasise the dangers with oil and Has the government ever seen an oil-fired the general public become complacent and drop cooker or boiler in the hands of some tenants? I Daren Parker, via e-mail their guard when faced with the subject. have. Please legalise the CD/12. OFTEC has an excellent landlords' certificate which it promotes to its registered technicians - Clive King, via e-mail 10 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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