After all the scaremongering and misinformation about stoves a national daily paper finally sets the record straight with a factual article on exactly what it costs to run a wood burner compared to electricity and gas. The Sun article makes welcome news to stove lovers everywhere who probably knew all of this anyway. Since the article was written before Firmus, one of Northern Ireland's two gas suppliers, announced that their price will rise by 38%, adding a further £267 to a typical annual gas bill, the comparison will now be much more in favour of stoves. They're not the only UK supplier to whack up their bills and energy experts are saying that such unprecedented rises aren't over yet. So perhaps it really is a good time for you to welcome a modern low emissions, low carbon stove into your home – and 'no' the government definitely have no plans to ban them as was re-confirmed in a recent meeting between Defra and the Stove Industry Alliance.
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It really pays to think about this as soon as possible, even if you're not quite ready to fit one right away. When a wood burning stove is planned in from the very start, in many cases, it could help you to reduce its installation costs. It will also simplify dealings with Building Control and it will improve your SAP calculation. Better still, If the stove is for a new-build you can even claim the 20% VAT back. Read more...
All homes should have built-in energy independence
This is perhaps, the one lesson that should be learned from the war in Ukraine and the additional impact it has had on our energy prices. Energy prices go up all the time but this year the average homeowner can expect to see a staggering increase of £700 added to their £1300 annual bill. In the meantime wholesale, oil and gas prices are still rocketing (check out the graph below of the last 7 weeks)... read more.
Mmmmm... if you've never had fresh Portavogie King Sea Scallops cooked on a Big Green Egg then, as they say, you just haven't lived and when they're cooked directly on the coals by our friend, private dining chef Jasper Castel, it simply doesn't get any better.
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