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Operators of care homes face a constant struggle. They are forced to juggle the health, safety and well-being of their residents against increasing financial pressure. If opportunities arise to improve residents’ health and the standard of living whilst also saving money, they shouldn’t be ignored.   One of the most prominent – and unpredictable – issues is heating. Because care homes are effectively 24/7 operations, energy usage is one of their greatest expenditures. However there are heating options available that can help exceed residents’ expectations of their living environment whilst freeing up greater financial resources for the operators.   Money saved is money that can be reallocated towards improving the overall quality of care.     *Rising in...  Read More


Heating costs make up the largest part of UK households energy usage. What technologies should housebuilders be incorporating and how would this impact homeowners as well as serious issues such as fuel poverty. The supply of homes has long been a contentious issue for UK buyers, as the struggle to get on the housing ladder becomes more troublesome. Whilst demand has been increasing at an exponential rate and until now housebuilders have been struggling to keep up.     However, this imbalance could be about to change. According to recent research, the number of new homes being built in the UK is at a seven-year high. Construction on approximately 37,080 new homes occurred...  Read More


As most of the UK glides blissfully into spring, the winter we leave behind has left a disturbing mark on many households.   A study carried out by the University College London (UCL) – and brought to public attention via BBC News[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35862763] and a BBC Panorama documentary – has calculated that an estimated 9,000 people died last winter in England and Wales because their homes were too cold.     Why? The unacceptable issue that seemingly will not go away: fuel poverty. People being priced out of acceptable living standards due to high energy costs; people not being given suitable access to the energy efficient technologies that can sidestep a reliance on costly fossil fuels.   The...  Read More


Working in the Jaga technical department, I am often asked “can radiators that have been designed to be used with heat pumps, also work efficiently with conventional heating systems like boilers?” The short answer is yes - but as with most short answers, that’s not quite the full story. It may be promising to hear, as this showcases the significant uptake in the use of greener technologies but, for your average homeowner however, completely upgrading a heating system – including the heat generation and the choice of heat emitters – to a cleaner, greener, cheaper to run system, can be expensive. My advice? Phase the refurbishment, with the first logical step being...  Read More

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