Useful Gas tec Tips

Gas Emergencies

If you smell gas or detect a gas leak call Transco - the gas people responsible for the gas network, on 0800 111 999. Transco operates a round the clock, 365 day a year emergency service and will stop an escape anywhere, whether it be in the home or street free of charge.

If you smell gas

  • DON`T smoke
  • DON`T use naked flames
  • DON`T turn electric switches on or off
  • DO turn off the gas supply at the meter
  • DO open all doors and windows
  • DO call Transco on 0800 111 999

General Tips

Boiler not working? - Have you checked all your thermostats, controls, switches, timers etc...?

Gas fire not lighting? - Have you checked the battery for the ignition?

Gas cooker won`t light? - Have you cleaned it recently? You may have knocked on the timer by mistake. Check all control knobs and settings

Money Saving Tip

Wear a jumper and turn down your central heating - you will save money on your gas bill, help the environment and if your boiler is not working so hard it is less likely to breakdown!

Facts about energy use in the home

Heating and hot water systems consume far more energy than other household appliances and represent the largest proportion of CO2 emissions from domestic energy consumption. A typical household with central heating consumes a total of about 23000kWh of energy each year, of which 84% is for heating and hot water. Therefore it is particularly important to ensure that the provision of heating and hot water in the home is achieved in the most efficient manner possible.

  • The installation of a minimum standard of controls in a wet system (which previously had no controls) can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 17%
  • Controls to reduce higher-than-necessary room temperatures are very beneficial. Turning down room thermostat by 1 degree will reduce space heating consumption by 6-10%
  • Reducing the heating `on` time by two hours a day can reduce consumption by 6%
  • Typically a condensing boiler would have a seasonal efficiency of 88% compared with a new non-condensing boiler at 75% and older type boilers at 55-60%

Why are condensing boilers more efficient?

  • A Larger or additional heat exchanger takes more heat from the combustion gases
  • Flue gas temperatures on a condensing boiler are typically 50-60 degrees C - on a non-condensing boiler they are more typically 150-200 degrees C
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