Archive for September, 2015

Your Greener Future involves Heat Pumps

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    Electricity and Gas suppliers are offering their users a better financial deal in order for them to use their services at certain times of the day, when most energy is used so that it is in plentiful supply.

    Smart grids are now being used by suppliers so they can keep us, as a country, supplied with power, whenever we should need it. Theoretically, smart grids are able to solve Britain’s energy problems, matching our supply and demand effectively, efficiently, greenly and by wasting as little energy as possible. Smart grids are more secure, reliable and enable better integration with green technologies. Green technologies include such methods as solar panels and heat pumps, which also aid Britain to gain the most from our natural energy sources, like wind and sun.

    What is a Smart Grid?

    A smart grid is an energy database, monitoring and responding to the demand in power, real time. Supply and demand are well matched, there is efficient consumption and they create a much greener energy use. As a nation using smart meters, it is expected that we save about £6bn over the next 20 years. However, it is roughly estimated that set up costs are £11bn but total benefits are expected to exceed £17bn.

    Smart Meters and Me

    By linking your home to a smart meter and then to the smart grid, you would benefit because you would become more energy efficient with usage and would therefore save money. Examples of this incredible technology would be that you could set the washing machine to only wash your clothes when the electricity was at its cheapest, or you could be notified by text message if you had left a large energy wasting source on in your home, such as the heating.

    Think Green, Think Heat Pumps

    There are two types of heat pumps. These are air source heat pumps (ASHPs) and ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), which can both be used for domestic and commercial use.

    Air source heat pumps use external heat, boost it at a high temperature and use it to heat your domestic or commercial space and water immediately, either via an air-to-water or air-to-air air source heat pump, heating radiators, underfloor heating and hot water cylinders, as just a couple of examples.

    Ground source heat pumps use a network of buried underground pipes which extract heat. They draw heat in to a heat exchanger which can then be used by various heating methods or provide hot water in your home or business. They are extremely economical in providing these heat sources, utilising their heat to provide for radiators, underfloor heating systems and hot water tanks.

    Contact Phaseline Renewables

    If you are interested in heat pumps, or indeed finding out about other ways to make your house or commercial property green, such as biomass boilers, solar panels or underfloor heating, then contact Phaseline Renewables. Phaseline Renewables offer a wide range of different solutions to suit all of your green needs. Give their friendly and professional staff a ring today on 0114 294 55 00, email them at or alternatively click here to go directly to their website.

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      A Surrey-al Find By a House Clearance Company

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        Just a few months ago, a house clearance company were sent in to clear a small terraced house in Surrey, due to the owners death. During the clearance, a member of the house clearance team found a gold locket which came to their attention amongst the clutter. They opened the locket and came across a lock of hair and a hand-written note inside it. The note stated:

        ‘Obtained by Admiral George Brine when in command of H.M.S Mosquito guarding Napoleon at St Helena; given by him to my mother; at her death in 1867 given by us to my brother Captain George Brine RN after whose death in 1889 it passed to his widow and at her death it came to me.’

        The lock of greying hair and hand-written note were recently taken to auction from the small terraced house before it was due to be demolished, to discover that the hair was actually that of Napoleon Bonaparte. He seemed to have had a lock of hair cut and placed inside this locket during his exile period on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, succeeding the Battle of Waterloo. This unusual but nevertheless very interesting 200 year old find, raised huge interest at auction and later sold for £9,000.

        Still, it is unknown as to how this piece came to have arrived in Surrey, and that is a mystery which will probably forever remained unsolved. Though, the authenticity of the piece has not be questioned as the provenance is cast iron. What a fantastic find for a beady-eyed house clearance member of staff from a house clearance company, who found this incredible item in the bi-centenary year of Waterloo.

        House Clearance and Clean Up Sheffield

        Do you need a house clearance company to relieve you of all of the hard work and stress of clearing out a property and cleaning it up for you? Are you unable to do heaving lifting? Do you look at lots of mess and are unable to see where to start? Why don’t you get in touch with Clearance and Clean Up? They serve hundreds of individual people, companies and organisations in and around Yorkshire, including Clearance and Clean Up Wakefield and Clearance and Clean Up Rotherham, though Clearance and Clean Up Sheffield is their main base. They hold the highest required insurance licences and training that are available in this industry. Their ethos is to be as environmentally friendly as they possibly can be, so they recycle and reuse many collected items, use eco-friendly cleaning products wherever possible, avoid using land-fill sites and have built up great relationships with their local charity shops due to the volume of their donations.

        Contact Clearance and Clean Up

        At Clearance and Clean Up, they offer competitive rates, are 100% reliable and work 7 days a week, to be there for you whenever you need them. So, if you feel that you need a house clearance company then you can contact Clearance and Clean Up on 0800 410 1086 or 0114 403 1021 or you can alternatively email them at

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          Agrics in Partnership with Biomass Boiler Supplier

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            Off grid major energy supplier, AvantiRenewables, recently announced a three-way partnership between Byworth Boilers, Janfire UK and themselves. Commercial steam biomass boilers manufacturers, Byworth Boilers, and Janfire UK provide Swedish burners and technology and AvantiRenewables who are a subdivision of AvantiGas, the off grid energy giant. This partnership aim to provide industrial biomass steam boilers to businesses without pushing their commitment of upfront capital whilst promising reduced CO2 emissions. Their holistic approach pools decades of operational knowledge, engineering expertise and resources from the three partnerships, providing complete biomass steam boiler packages to industries. They claim to facilitate high power cleaning, sterilisation and energy efficient heating.

            Biomass Steam Boilers Users

            Steam Boilers most common users are those in the field of agricultural. Farmers particularly appreciate steam boilers because of their capabilities for water heating which makes them the perfect heat source for keeping animal holding areas sanitary as well as safe. They are easy to maintain their heat so appropriate temperatures can be kept within cattle and poultry sheds. Steam Boilers are useful in that they are used in the food waste process and so are eco-friendly.

            Sheffield Biomass Boiler Installers

            Phaseline Renewables, Sheffield, are biomass boiler specialists and install them for commercial use. This qualifies you for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). They enable the provision of heating but also hot water, as well. Phaseline Renewables have experienced installers with biomass boilers with a strong focus on commercial customers, having previously managed large projects in various industries, including the agricultural sector.

            Biomass Vs Conventional Boilers

            Biomass boilers function in the same way as conventional gas, oil or LPG fired boilers which you may already be familiar with. The only big difference is that biomass boilers run off a sustainable, renewable energy source which is UK manufactured. Phaseline Renewables, installs biomass boilers which are able to run off a variety of different renewable and sustainable sources of energy. Thus includes log burning boilers, wood chip boilers, wood pellet boilers and straw bale boilers. These examples are all able to supply commercial premises with hot water and central heating with absolutely no issue. They are self-regulating relating to their own heat output which allows safe and efficient fuel burning to take place. Biomass boilers are eco-friendly owing to their automated feed system hopper, which allows biomass boilers to be just as user friendly and low maintenance as any conventional boiler you may have previously known eg. gas, oil or LPG.

            Contact Us
            If you are interested in biomass boilers or would like to find out more information about any of the above mentioned boiler types, contact Phaseline Renewables today for your free quotation. You could be saving a substantial amount on your fuel costs now. So, for more information about Phaseline Renewables and their biomass boiler installations at your commercial property, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email them at

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              Blade-y Marvellous Swann-Morton

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                Sheffield based company, Swann-Morton, were founded in 1932 and since then have world leaders in the manufacturing of surgical blades, scalpels and handles. Their blades act as enabling tools for professionals in many areas, due to Swann-Morton’s consistency, reliability and combination of traditional blade making skills and latest technologies. The main professionals consistently using Swann-Morton blades are Surgeons, Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Dentists and Veterinarians.


                Chiropodists, Podiatrist and Swann-Morton

                Chiropodists and Podiatrists preferred products are the range of carbon or stainless steel sterile surgical blades which ideally suit them because they are both practical and hygienic. The most commonly asked for blade is the Swann-Morton ‘Sabre’ is a Chiropodists favourite tool – a uniquely shaped, ‘closed’ cutting edge tool used for ‘paring’ and ‘scraping’. This facilitates close, fine work, without gouging, leaving a smooth, rounded finish on desired areas.

                Surgeons and Swann-Morton

                Swann-Morton have a general Surgical Blade range which consists of 34 blade shapes and 12 different handles. These blades are used throughout many types of theatres, hospitals and practices, including Cardiology, Orthopaedics and Reconstructive surgery units. Surgeons choose their own blade size and shape, thus often dependent on their expertise and what enables them to be most flexible and dexterous in their specific medical area.


                Veterinarians and Swann-Morton

                Vets also prefer to use carbon and stainless steel sterile surgical blades during surgery. Type and size vary drastically owing to the animal size they are operating on and the problem in hand, more so than the surgical ability of the vet themselves. Blade versatility is apparent by reading the following:

                • Neurosurgery on a small animal, like a Rabbit, would require a 15 or No.20 Swann-Morton surgical blade.
                • A skin Incision on a large animal, like a Cow, would require a 22 Swann-Morton surgical blade.
                • Performing specialist vaginal surgery on a Horse would require a 3L or 4L Swann-Morton Handle.


                Dentists and Swann-Morton

                Like Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Dentists appreciate the carbon and stainless steel sterile surgical blades usually. Dentists use them in order to perform fine surgical techniques, including: implantology, labial fraenum, incising abscesses, periodontal surgery and raising skin flaps. The most prevalent Swann-Morton blade amongst Dentists is No.15 as it has the most ideal blade shape. This enables them to make short, precise incisions needed, which, amusingly, are the same size blades used for doing rabbit neurosurgery.


                Where can YOU get hold of Swann-Morton blades?

                As a leading supplier of Swann-Morton blades in the Sheffield area, it is Knife-Points intention to be your number one choice of blade provider. They aim to meet and exceed your requirements whenever you purchase tools from Knife-Point, working closely with you to aid you in obtaining anything and everything you need in order to get your job done well. With 30 years experience, they stock high quality products, are competitively priced, provide excellent customer service and their deliveries are extremely fast.

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                  Written by Chris

                  September 23rd, 2015 at 3:05 pm

                  50 Years Of Success Is A Good Sign!

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                    Saturday 19th September marks the start of the London Design Festival for 2015, until the 27th. This event combines design and creative geniuses from throughout the country, showcasing an array of designs from our built environment, functional daily items and decorative luxury items. This free to attend event is going to be the biggest one yet, with around 400 events. One of the biggest exhibitions to go and see there this year at the Design Museum is the 50 years of British road signs Exhibition, designed by Calvert and Kinneir. This also free exhibition celebrates the installation of both original and new signage, as well as archived materials curated by Made North.

                    The Origins of The Road Sign

                    50 years previous, us Brits were on the move! We were building new-fangled motorways, more of us were buying more cars due to their lowered prices and greater affordability and we were on the move quicker or more frequently than we had ever been before. But, this soon became a problem, though not from the issues you may perhaps initially assume, rather due to our road signs. This resulted in a discussion at the 1931 Geneva Convention where a talk held placed titled “Concerning the Unification of Road Signals”. During this discussion it was made paramount that visual aids were needed to be made prevalent over words. This was because of the multiple things but mainly due to dim lighting, bad weather conditions and high speed all preventing signs and signals from being read properly and warnings being missed. The ministry took note of this and employed a Hyde Park graphic designer to assist them in taking new measures to protect the country and their driving safety. It was Jock Kinneir they employed to design new signs for them with the help of his young but talented pupil, Margaret Calvert, later becoming his business partner. The signs were recreated and in 1965 a leaflet was canvased through every door in the country, titled “The New Traffic Signals” and this became the modernity turning point for British signage. These signs designed by Kinneir and Calvert have remained practically unchanged sinced 1965, keeping the Kinneir and Calvert name alive 50 years on.

                    Image Sign Studio

                    Image Sign Studio are professional makers of signs Sheffield, and are pleased to show their support of the 50 Years of British Road Signs Exhibition showcasing this month. Signage Sheffield, South Yorkshire, based company, Image Sign Studio, was established by Richard and Dean, 11 years ago. This pair have previously worked together many years before in the signage industry. Between them, they are able to bring together all aspects of the signage industry and create exactly what each individual customer needs directly from their site. This enables Image Sign Studio to offer a multi-faceted array of services to their customers and they have many specialisms including:

                    • Large retail signage
                    • Commercial signage
                    • School and Hospital signage
                    • 3D Signs
                    • LED Signs
                    • CNC Routering

                    How To Contact Image Sign Studio

                    If you need advice or assistance in relation to the manufacturing or installation of your new shop sign Sheffield, then why not call Richard and Dean at Image Sign Studio on 0114 261 7617 or alternatively, you can email them at

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                      Written by Chris

                      September 23rd, 2015 at 2:18 pm

                      Could The Key to the Safety of Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers Be Door Knobs?

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                        Studies show that 3 in 5 people that suffer with dementia often ‘wander’ off and can consequentially become lost. However, it isn’t the act of ‘wandering’ off that is usually the problem, it is unfortunately their inability to return. A person with Alzheimers may not be able to recall the information containing their name or address and will often, sadly, become disorientated, despite being in a familiar place. ‘Wandering’ is not connected to the level of care put in place by the caregiver, but can actually still occur even under the supervision of the most diligent of Dementia and Alzheimer carers presence.

                        Door Knobs Prevent ‘Wandering’

                        It is interesting that door knobs have been suggested as being a preventative for ‘wandering’ sufferers. Clearly, it is not being suggested that a person suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers is ever ‘locked’ in a room, but specific fixtures of door knobs seem to be becoming prevalent in their safety promotion and the safety of others around the sufferers. It has also been found that these new door knobs have reduced carers levels of stress because they drastically decrease the frequency that ‘wandering’ occurs. Camouflaged door knobs have been recently been trialled – which is where door handles are painted the same colour as the door or the walls in the room so that they blend in with their background and become camouflaged and therefore harder for the escapee to escape. However, this is not seen to be unsafe because if there was ever to be an emergency, the handle remains evident, just like any normal handle, from the outside of the door, permitting easy emergency access. An alternative option is to use child-proof door knobs which can increase a sufferers’ safety. A third idea is to use a device connected door knob. This is a door knob which lets off a signal when a door or window is opened. This could be a bell or a buzzer, which can be located above a window or door in order for the carer to be made aware every time the patient has exited a room by either of these methods.

                        Handsome Handles and Door Knobs For Your Home

                        Finding the correct door knobs for your home is clearly extremely important. If this article has made you think about changing the door knobs and door handles in your home, we are here. Our professional staff here at Handsome Handles will be happy to help you find the appropriate door knobs and door handles to fit perfectly for your home. To contact us at Handsome Handles, please phone us on 07961 832 812 or alternatively email us at

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                          Bomb Shell Dropped During House Clearance

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                            The small village of Risbury is not normally known for its interruptions, but on Thursday (10th September), there was a strange interruption in this quiet village. A house clearance team undergoing a house clearance, near Leominster, discovered a World War II grenade. Thus, resulted in an area of Risbury being cordoned off when the grenade was spotted during the house clearance and the Police were duly summoned to the required address. A radius of 25 metres around the house was quickly taped off, the house emptied of people and members of the public held back at a safe distance. Bomb disposal experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended the scene extremely promptly, in order to assess the bomb.   Thankfully, during assessment, the bomb was found not to be live and the EOD announced that the grenade was actually empty. If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of the house removal team, this story could have had such a different ending with a very dramatic result for both the house owner and the once, sleepy village.

                            Mess Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful

                            House clearances are stressful, so if this is a job on your ‘to-do’ list, then why not get someone else in to help you? Why not get Clearance and Clean Up in to do it for you? Clearance and Clean Up are a house clearance company in Sheffield serving hundreds of companies and organisations throughout Yorkshire. They endeavour to think kindly about the surrounding environment whenever possible by recycling and reusing as many collected items as they can. They also try to use environmentally-friendly cleaning products during their house cleans. Tom Pickering and his team at Clearance and Clean Up have obtained the highest required insurance licenses and training available and are a trustworthy, hard-working and dependable team. Competitive rates are offered, they are available to come and work for you seven days a week and the best part is, you do not need to do the lifting or shifting of anything yourself, because the fully equipped, uniformed Clearance and Clean Up team will do it all for you – that’s what they are trained to do!

                            House Clearance Sheffield

                            Do you need assistance with a house clearance in Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham or Barnsley area? Alternatively, do you need to make use of our rubbish removal or office clearance services? We can help clear and clean up the mess with no stress, here at Clearance and Clean Up. All of our prices include labour and disposal fee and you can rest assured that your waste goes to a proper licensed disposal facility.  So, please contact Clearance and Clean Up on 0800 410 1086 or 0114 403 1021, or email us on

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                              Hot Priced Dream Home

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                                Hot Priced Dream Home

                                The small village of Finchampstead, Berkshire, is home to a £4.35 million secret. Most houses in this area fetch a high price, but the owners of this spectacular mansion have really excelled themselves with this build. This beautifully finished, five bedroomed, detached home on the outskirts of Wokingham has had the old mixed beautifully with the new–where old and new meet internally and together, create something that can only be described as spectacular – with its fully audio controlled system linked to the owners i-Pad and/or i-Phone.   With its charming kitchen, study, drawing room and reception room all adding to its charm, this house certainly has lots to give, but it is the most modern part of the house that will really make you fall in love with this not so small part of Berkshire. Unbeknownst on arrival, a chocolate orange, leather-clad bar with tall orange bar stools, dim lighting and a fully stocked bar are waiting for you. What more could you possibly want within the comforts of your own home? But if drinking wasn’t to be your choice of activity, there is also an in-house cinema and games room to keep your family occupied, too, or take a stroll in the 5.7 acres of grounds, let the kids run free or play golf on the golf green. This property also comes with a triple garage to store his pride of joy – No, not his wife, the car!

                                So, how do you keep a house like this warm? The entire house is heated by a biomass boiler and fuelled by dry compressed timber pellets.

                                Why use biomass boilers?

                                Biomass boilers provide hot water and central heating for your home and can be installed to replace any type of existing boiler. They run off a renewable, sustainable product manufactured here in the UK but run the same way as conventional gas, oil or LPG fired boilers. Phaseline Renewables can install log burning boilers, wood chip boilers, wood pellet boilers (as describe in the featured story) and straw bale boilers in your home. Biomass boilers modulate their heat output, allowing the safe and efficient burning of fuel without using fossil fuels eg. oil. Thus making them vastly more energy efficient. Like conventional boilers, they are user friendly and low maintenance, but best of all, they could save you a substantial amount on your fuel costs.

                                The benefits of biomass boilers continue as you would also qualify for Renewable Heat Incentive and they are becoming a highly competitive form of financial investment, although for this to happen they must be installed by a qualified installer with a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation. Phaseline Renewables plumbers are all fully trained and MCS accredited to fit your new biomass boiler safely, effectively and competitively and have decades of experience in fitting a range of plumbing and heating systems.

                                Enter a New Heating Phase with Phaseline Renewables

                                To find out more about biomass boilers, or would like a free quotation, contact us today. With the installation of a domestic biomass boiler, you are entitled to payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive, and could also save a substantial amount on your fuel costs.

                                For more information about having a biomass boiler installed in your home, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email us at

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