Pollution – one more reason to block a chimney!

Air pollution is responsible for 40,000 premature deaths in the UK. More than half of these are attributed to diesel fumes. Breathe London gives advice about pollution and how to reduce exposure to it. To avoid pollution in the home they advise: “Insulating your home will not only prevent heat escaping, reducing heating bills, but also help to reduce the amount of outdoor air pollution entering”. Having an open chimney is like leaving a window open all the time.

It’s never too late to stick a sheep in your chimney

October and November are the peak months for getting the home insulated, ready for the onslaught of winter. By this end of the winter homeowners are thinking of spring things, garden improvements and all that. As the days are getting noticeably longer, it becomes easier to tolerate the cold draughts for a couple of months more, and get around to draught busting later in the year. However the Chimney Sheep will make a massive difference to the cold draughts right now, and will continue giving benefits throughout the summer months.

Sheep could be best company for pets left home alone

Creature comforts cost home owners £78 million according to a new survey by the Energy Saving Trust.

A recent survey by the Energy Savings Trust found that half of pet owners leave the heating on for their dog or cat while they are out for the day. While this is costing around £140 per year, a single visit to the vets’ can cost this much, so the cost of the indulgence is not a big incentive to make an energy saving at the expense of our pets’ comfort.

Thermostat wars – are you a tinkerer or a control freak?

New Thermo-profiling splits homeowners into six different types by their relationship with their central heating. New research from Gocompare.com Energy reveals that Britain is a nation of “Thermostat Tinkerers” – constantly tweaking the thermostat to get the heating just right.  However, 3% of homeowners admit to being “Tropical Hotties” with the temperature cranked up to …