6 or 12 Months’ Interest Free Finance

We are delighted to announce that we now offer 6 or 12 months’ 0% interest finance on all products & services (including installation cost’s) over £250.

Spread the cost of enjoying your home and garden and take advantage of this offer today.  Our ranges of wood-burning stoves, cookers, outdoor cooking products and storage sheds will transform the way you live. 

                                                                                                                                   

Almost half of Wiltshire’s tenants at risk from ‘silent killer’

Excellent article published on 18th January 2018 in the Gazette and Herald:

“Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen from a badly maintained gas boiler, hob or fire or from open fires, log burners and barbecues.

According to the department of health, carbon monoxide poisoning accounts for around 50 deaths and results in nearly 4000 medical cases each year. Research by campaign group Project SHOUT has uncovered that nearly half (47 per cent) of people renting a private property in the South West have not had a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed by their landlord. A similar number of residents across the UK either don’t have a CO alarm installed by their landlord or they’re not sure (10 per cent). This means that nearly 60 per cent of the UK’s nine million private tenants (around 5.4 million households) may well be unprotected from this silent killer – deaths that could easily be prevented by fitting an alarm that costs less than £20.

This revelation follows a recent study that unveiled only 46 per cent of UK university students living in rented accommodation have a CO alarm installed. The poll also revealed that half of UK university students don’t recognise the symptoms of CO poisoning, which include dizziness, headaches and nausea, and are twice as likely to think they have a hangover or the flu, with the latter being particularly relevant during the winter months.

This is despite legislation coming into force more than 24 months ago that demands landlords fit CO alarms in properties where solid fuel burning appliances are present. The legislation however does NOT cover gas appliances such as a gas boiler or gas hob.

This is a huge cause for alarm as “generation rent” is set to swell over the next decade, with half of those under 40 predicted to be living in properties owned by private landlords by 2025.

Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North and Project SHOUT ambassador, is proposing a change in the law to ensure it becomes mandatory for landlords to install CO alarms in all properties, not just those with a solid fuel burning appliance. MPs will be debating Eddie’s Carbon Monoxide Safety bill for its second reading in the House of Commons on 19th January on this topic.

Nest, the carbon monoxide alarm manufacturers estimate that over 250,000 households are at risk from carbon monoxide build up in the UK. Don’t wait for an absent landlord to act. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm, today. It could save your life. “

Call Sarsen Energy on 01264 850742 if you need more advice or need to purchase reliable carbon monoxide alarms.

Time to Sweep Your Chimney

Now is the perfect time to think about having your woodburning or multi fuel appliance/ chimney swept and serviced.

It is recommended that this is done at least once a year for your safety and to insure that you are using your stove to its maximum potential!

If you would like to take us up on this essential service please call 01264 850742 with your preferred month of service, and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

We generally sweep from the beginning of April until the end of August.

We look forward to hearing from you and becoming sooty!

Domestic Biomass Renewable Heat Incentive to Increase in 2017

The fabulous YouGen newsletter has recently published the article below.

 

For a factsheet about the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme please click here: RHI Factsheet

 

The domestic biomass RHI tariff will rise to 6.44p/kWh from 1 April 2017 – a 53% increase from the tariff of 4.21p/kWh already set for the period January to March 2017! We expect the new tariff to be available for applications made from 1 April to support the installation of biomass pellet boilers and stoves (with a back boiler) in homes across the UK. The exact date for the RHI changes is still to be confirmed by government (note our disclaimer below) but we’re assuming 1 April for now.

Click this link to calculate your Annual RHI payments   (RHI Calculator)

News of this surprise tariff rise from the government will be music to the ears of both potential buyers and installers who were disappointed by the 20% cut to the tariff back in January 2016. In simple terms, this rise returns the tariff for domestic biomass to the kind of level enjoyed by buyers prior to that cut. It comes as part of the government’s response to an industry-wide consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which started in March this year.

This more generous tariff will present a window of opportunity both for homeowners interested in an efficient biomass boiler for their home and for installers ready to meet accelerating demand.

Normally the expectation for tariffs like the RHI is for it to go down as demand for a technology increases, manufacturing unit costs come down and so the need for a subsidy is reduced. The tariffs are reviewed by the government each quarter. The 6.44p/kWh tariff can, therefore, be relied on for any applications made between April-June 2017, but there is no guarantee it will hold at that level beyond June – normally it would go down again. So now is a great time to explore biomass as an option.

Ofgem assure us that those who apply for the RHI between now and the tariff increase will get upgraded to the improved tariff rate automatically when it comes into force. Therefore, anyone installing on or after 14 December will still enjoy the imminent uplift.

Of course it will take significant time to work through the options and settle on the right quote and installer for making the change to biomass. There’s a lot to consider now in order for a homeowner to ready themselves to take advantage of this substantial rise in the tariff in this window of opportunity from 1 April 2017.

The government says it wants the subsidy to provide value for money all round. As such, there will be limits to the annual level of heat for which homeowners can claim the tariff, capped at 25,000kWh each year. That shouldn’t prevent many typical homeowners getting their full entitlement (Ofgem published a range of typical domestic gas consumption values in 2015, from 8000kWh at the low end, to 18,000kWh at the high end.3). However, biomass boilers tend to suit larger homes, especially where they will replace an old oil or LPG boiler.

If your home’s heat demand is higher than 25,000kWh per year you should apply but you won’t get RHI payments in relation to your biomass boiler for the portion of that demand which exceeds the cap. We’ll therefore watch with interest to see whether the government has got the level of the cap right or not.

More information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on YouGen.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
In its consultation response the government says only that the change will come into effect in spring 2017. At the time of writing this blog our contact at Ofgem could not confirm a precise date for the change, so we’re making the bold call that it will come into effect on 1 April which is when we’d normally expect the quarterly change to the RHI tariff to go live. If, in 2017, it turns out that spring arrives early (or late), we’ll update you as soon as we know!

For more information about YouGen please click here

We’re a Dogs Trust Food Donation Point

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Bob’s in charge!

We’re all potty about our dogs here at Sarsen Energy – it’s virtually a condition of working with us!

So when we saw an appeal from the Salisbury branch of the Dogs Trust for companies to become dog food donation points of course we couldn’t resist.

We now have two bins and we’re inviting people to donate tinned dog food which we deliver regularly to the Dogs Trust.

It’s the first time the Dog’s Trust has had to do this so we’re keen to help.

Lots of lovely people have already dropped in with dog food and treats and we’ve taken them to Salisbury for the dogs to enjoy.

Thank you from all the team at Sarsen Energy, doggy or otherwise.

Alarming News

This article was recently published on the HETAS website and we liked it so much we have decided to share it with you:

 

Which? CO Alarm Testing

HETAS and The Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM) are urging customers to purchase audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarms from well-known and recognised brands after a recent Which? report revealed a number of cheap and imported CO alarms to be unsafe and unreliable.

Which? recently put a number of CO detectors through rigorous lab testing based on the EU safety standard (EN 50291) for carbon monoxide alarms. The CO gas detection tests revealed that a group of cheap and imported CO alarms widely available online failed to detect the killer gas in more than a third of the tests.

In contrast, 13 CO alarms from leading brands that carry the BSI Kitemark™ (showing they meet the optimum standards for quality and reliability) passed every one of the tests.

Following pressure from the Which? investigation, Amazon and eBay have removed the defective alarms from sale. Which? has also alerted Trading Standards and CoGDEM regarding its findings.

HETAS CEO Bruce Allen said:

“Carbon monoxide is a highly dangerous gas that has no smell, taste or colour. We urge customers to purchase high quality audible CO alarms from reputable brands and retailers that meet European Standard (EN 50291). This is essential to helping protect individuals and families from the effects of CO poisoning.”

How can you protect yourself against CO poisoning?

  • Fit a quality audible CO alarm that meets European Standard (EN 50291) and is made by a trusted brand carrying the BSI Kitemark™.
  • Keep rooms well ventilated when using a heating or cooking appliance fuelled by gas, oil or solid fuels such as coal or wood, and use the appliance correctly.
  • Have all appliances, flues and chimneys installed and serviced by reputable and appropriately registered engineers, for example Gas Safe Registered engineers for all gas appliances.
  • Never use outdoor appliances such as barbecues, camping stoves and paraffin heaters indoors.
  • Ventilate garages when running a car or petrol generator.
  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year.
  • Ensure your landlord provides the legal annual safety check on installed gas appliances.

Part 4 of the HETAS Guide lists a range of carbon monoxide alarms supplied by members of COGDEM which are claimed, or certified, to be manufactured to BS EN 50291 and which are suitable for use with solid fuel heating appliances.

If you are unsure about any aspect of this please contact Sarsen energy on 01264 850 742.  We will be delighted to help you.

Baked Potato Cooker for Stoves

Look at this fabulous baked potato cooker especially for stoves!

The Natural Heating cast iron baked potato cooker is designed to sit on top of all cast iron wood burners and multi-fuel stoves.  A hot plate is NOT required – it simply sits on top of your stove.

Basically it makes use of the surface heat, which in turn, transfers to the cast iron pod. The pod gets hot and evenly cooks your jacket potatoes. It’s also very easy to open to have a look and see what’s happening inside.

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After all, if you already have your stove lit, why bother turning the oven on?

It’s not fast, but it’s the most green and energy efficient way of cooking that you will ever find…

This cast iron baked potato cooker is small enough to fit on top of practically any stove, yet big enough to hold up to FOUR medium (250g / fist sized) potatoes or two gigantic spuds.

The cooker measures 310mm / 12.25″ wide x 160mm / 6.5″ deep x 160mm / 6.5″ high

The time taken to cook your potatoes is very variable, as it depends on how hot your fire is burning.  We generally put some on the showroom stoves around 9am and they are perfectly done by lunchtime. On the odd occasion we’ve been really busy and forgotten about them, the potatoes have still been perfectly good even an hour or two later. The more space you give them, the better they cook. Three cook beautifully in this. Four cook well, but need a bit more cooking time.

sarsen-energy-potato-cooker-openThe cooker is not in full contact with the top of your stove and as the potato is totally encased in cast iron, this creates a lovely, even bake without the mess. This potato cooker is also ideal for cooking roast chestnuts – delicious at this time of year.

 

How to Use the Potato Cooker

Use a little sunflower or vegetable oil on some kitchen roll and lightly oil the inside of the cooker. Sit the cooker on top of your stove for at least two evenings when the stove is being used before cooking for the first time. This is to allow the cooker to become hot enough to bake the external stove paint on to the pot.  Be aware the paint may smell as it cures, just as it does with a new stove.

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Lightly oil the potatoes before putting in the pot. You can cut slits in the potatoes to help them cook faster.

The baked potato cooker should never need to be washed but wipe it over if required and lightly oil inside with sunflower or vegetable oil on kitchen roll to protect and prevent rust.

 

Buy Now!

The baked potato cooker is only £40

Call 01264 850 742 to reserve yours

or come into our Showroom and see one in action!

 

PLEASE NOTE – BAKED POTATO COOKERS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR USE ON BOILER STOVES OR STOVES WITH CONVECTION TOPS AS THE SURFACE OF THESE UNITS DOES NOT BECOME HOT ENOUGH.

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