Roof Windows & Sun Tunnels

Did you know that Velux is the new on-trend solution to getting more natural light in your home?

You know that old joke about lying down, staring up at the stars, and then you wonder to yourself: “Where the hell is my roof?” Well, the creator clearly never had a roof window! Velux is the answer to wanting to stargaze from the comfort of your own bed. Or, more likely, Velux is the answer to adding tons of natural light to your space through beautiful roof windows, and even sun tunnels.

Does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a window in your roof. They can be installed to flat or pitched roofs, slate or tiled. There are models that open, and ones that don’t. They come in a variety of sizes and are great for single story extensions, bungalows and loft conversions.

A sun tunnel is not so self explanatory, but it is also a nice way to get lots of natural light into your space. Where a roof window is just a straight forward window in the roof; a sun tunnel has an opening that goes in your roof paired with a column of reflective material that traverses the roof space to your ceiling, then an opening in the ceiling as well. They work well with multiple story houses, or if you have a roof space that you generally use as a loft – full of insulation and boxes of old Christmas decorations. 

Have you got any examples?

Here, have a quick look.

How do you install it?

We thinks it’s probably best if we give you an example. In this house, the customer had a suspended flat ceiling inside their extension, which had a pitched roof. We removed the ceiling, made sure the insulation was all up to scratch, and put the windows into gaps that we specifically made for them to go in. The result is this amazing kitchen which is all airy and bright. 

Will you come and install one?

Get in touch using the contact details below, and #ChoosePrimus to install your roof window or sun tunnel today. 

DIY SOS

In June and July of 2014, Primus Energy donated services of the labour of three men for several days to DIY SOS in Wigan. Working alongside Nick and the team, and Lawrence Llewlyn-Bowen, Primus Energy helped Mark – a young man who was assaulted and left having to live in care homes – come home to his family. Caroline did a full write up of the teary-eyed evening she spent watching the episode on the TV in the summer of 2015.

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What’s generating YOUR electricity?

We know that energy can’t be created or destroyed, and that in order to provide you with electricity in your home the suppliers must get it from their own wholesale supplier. In general, a lot of fuels are burned, the heat is produced to make steam, which then powers a generator. In the case of wind, the movement itself is the generator. For solar, it’s a converter from the light energy that’s hitting the panels. Nuclear is a complicated system of atoms breaking down, but in the end it produces heat to make steam for generators as well. But in what mix does your supplier get it’s energy? We found out for you!

The UK Average

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewables Other Fuels
34% 25.6% 21.6% 16.7% 2.1%

 

The Big Six

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewables Other Fuels
British Gas 22% 31% 31% 15% 3%
e.on 46.7% 27.1% 8.4% 12% 5.8%
EDF 26.8% 3.5% 56.1% 13.5% 0.1%
npower 31% 50% 2% 16% 2%
Scottish Power 48.6% 32.6% 1.1% 16.9% 0.8%
SSE 44% 28% 2% 24% 2%

 

Independents

Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Renewables Other Fuels
Co-operative 17% 9.8% 3.1% 68% 2.1%
Ecotricity 7.2% 4.1% 1.3% 86.5% 0.9%
First:Utility 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
Flow Energy 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
Good Energy 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Green Energy 0% 45% 0% 55% 0%
Green Star Energy 3% 2% 0% 95% 0%
isupplyenergy 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
LoCO2 Energy 0% 60% 0% 40% 0%
Ovo Energy 39.3% 22.7% 7% 26.1% 4.9%
Spark Energy 46.8% 27.1% 8.4% 11.9% 5.8%
Utilita 47.% 27% 8% 12% 6%

 

So, if you’re environmentally conscious, it might be worth looking at what your supplier is using for its electricity generation. If you’re opposed to coal-fired plants, there are options for you with little or no electricity coming from coal. If you’re not happy with nuclear, there are suppliers to go with, and suppliers to definitely avoid. To prioritise renewables, the answer is clear.

Who’s your supplier? Are you planning on switching?

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Figures Accurate Summer 2015

 

Brexit Leave or Remain – The EU, Energy and the Environment

Brexit seems to be the word on everyone’s lips at the moment – do we leave the EU, do we remain, or do we adapt the “Norwegian option” of EU regulations without fully free trade? Economics and immigration are the hot button topics when it comes to the EU debate but the environment is a big EU issue that seems to be being ignored by both sides.

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CO Poisoning – Granada Reports 14th December

Gas Safety Week this year was deemed to be a success by Gas Safe, and here at Primus we’ve seen an increase in the numbers of people opting for their annual service. But carbon monoxide is still a problem, and with the winter weather getting worse and boilers and other appliances being used more and more, you could be at risk if you haven’t had your appliances checked!

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Landlords: Get Gas Safe!

Your appliances should have a yearly service and check to make sure that they are still safe to use, and that they’re not spilling CO into your home. If you own the device, then it’s up to you to look after it. Most people who live in rented accommodation have a gas boiler they use for central heating, but it belongs to their landlord (i.e. it stays with the property if you were to move out), and therefore the landlord is responsible for making sure that it is safe.

Did you know it’s an offense to not be able to produce a valid gas safety certificate for the appliances in your rental property? Not all landlords do, some of them put their tenants at risk, some of them leave their tenants cold if an appliance gets turned off, and sometimes there are serious consequences for failing to protect tenants. And this lot faced the law for not having their appliances checked: Continue reading “Landlords: Get Gas Safe!”

CO – colourless, odourless, deadly – what to do?

CO can come from any hydrocarbon fuel that hasn’t burned cleanly – including coal, wood, oil, petrol, diesel and natural gas. When they burn properly – with proper ventilation and removal from general residential areas – the carbon in the fuels combine with oxygen to create carbon-dioxide or CO2, the same thing we breathe out after we breathe in oxygen. But when the fuel doesn’t burn cleanly, there isn’t enough oxygen to create CO2, so we end up with incomplete combustion where the oxygen shares the carbon, and you end up with deadly CO. Continue reading “CO – colourless, odourless, deadly – what to do?”

Gas Work and the Law: No intention of knowing what they were doing

Alternatively to the title, you could say that this lot knew exactly what they were doing – they were putting you at risk. There’s a difference between the plumber that hopes that you don’t notice they’re not registered – taking advantage of the ignorance we’ve hopefully helped to alleviate here – and the one that actively tells you that they’re registered when they’re not. You’d be shocked to hear that his does happen – some workmen will make up a registration number and search it in the register to make sure that it does correlate to an engineer, then tell you that’s them. They may use one that belongs to someone they know, someone who did work on their home, or a previous employer who are registered. Quite simply, they’re out to make money without the outlay of time and effort on getting qualified – and they’re the worst kind of cowboy gas fitters.

A bunch of them recently have faced the law though: Continue reading “Gas Work and the Law: No intention of knowing what they were doing”

Gas Work and the Law – Should know what they’re doing

You’ve heard the horror stories – these people who don’t hold up to date qualifications and just keep that under wraps so you believe they are fully capable of doing their job. You get a registered engineer, you check their certificate, look at their ID card, phone or text the Gas Safe Register to confirm that they are currently registered and hold the correct qualifications for what you need them for. So, you’re safe.

Unfortunately, not necessarily. Gas Safe do their best to get rid of the cowboys, but without reports from customers, they don’t know who is and who isn’t flaunting the rules after they’ve got their registration. The important thing is that you did everything that you could, you’ve given yourself the best chance of having your work done safely. But if you’re certain (or even just suspect) that there’s something wrong, don’t be afraid to report them to Gas Safe – if it turns out that they didn’t do anything wrong, it’s then a positive reflection on them. And if they’re wrong, like this lot, then they get the justice they deserve: Continue reading “Gas Work and the Law – Should know what they’re doing”