What did 2020 teach us?

2020 was a year like no other. We faced unprecedented challenges both from a business, and personal point of view. And while we faced lockdowns and restrictions, many of us tried to keep things moving with new and smarter ways of working. At HETAS Insurance Services we continued to carefully monitor the situation and worked Read More…

Changes to Energy Labelling Regulations

The end of 2020 brought about a wide number of significant changes to the way in which solid fuel burning appliances are conformity assessed and marked in compliance with both the Construction Products Regulations and Energy Labelling Regulations for the UK. UKCA mark In October 2020, HETAS produced an update on the upcoming changes legislation Read More…

HETAS appointed by Defra to run Ready to Burn scheme for manufactured solid fuels

HETAS, the non-profit organisation supporting cleaner and safer choices for the use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and associated technologies, has been appointed by Defra to run its Ready to Burn certification scheme that will underpin The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 that will come into force in England from 1 May 2021 for manufactured solid fuels.

Lockdown Update

With various lockdown measures being implemented across the UK, we wanted to update you on the current situation for tradespeople working in other people’s homes. The guidance varies by region, please ensure you adhere to the guidance provided for the area in which you work. For England and Wales tradespeople are permitted to continue working Read More…

December Training update

It’s been an interesting year for our training centres. Like many of you, they have adjusted accordingly to the challenge presented by COVID-19. Whilst centres’ are having to run courses with reduced numbers they are presented with challenges in meeting demand for training.  The five yearly cycle for refresher training is upon us and heightened Read More…

The Ultimate Homepage Checklist

As it’s coming up to Christmas and we’ve all had a pretty hectic few months I thought I wouldn’t subject you all to a long wordy blog post. In fact, for some of you, improving your website will be way down the priority list. If you’re like me, you’ll be doing last-minute Christmas shopping (I hope my brother’s new girlfriend likes socks!) However, they’ll also be a group of you who want to make improvements to their business in the new year.

Green Homes Grant | Biomass Training Funding

Green Homes Grant – Biomass (HETAS) Training Award – Up to £1000.00 off the cost of the H005DE course. Windhager UK has been successful in their application for a grant to offer subsidised training courses (H005DE) in support of the Governments ‘Green Homes Grant’ scheme to heating engineers. One of the heating technologies supported by Read More…

Common chimney sweep insurance claims

Be prepared – common chimney sweep insurance claims and how to avoid them As the colder months draw in and business for chimney sweeps picks up at this time of year, HETAS Insurance Services has been looking at the most common insurance claims reported by our chimney sweeps. It’s easy to think “it won’t happen Read More…

Defra’s Burn Better Campaign

The ‘Burn Better’ campaign is a joint initiative supported by Defra, the Solid Fuel Association and HETAS to help reduce emissions and improve people’s health. The initiative is calling on those with solid fuel appliances in their homes to help improve air quality. Some simple steps can be taken such as using seasoned wood, which Read More…

Decorating your fireplace

A festive reminder There’ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, although after a rather strange year, there may not be parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting! Can you tell that we have started playing Christmas tunes?  It’s that time of the year where you will be getting ready to deck the halls Read More…