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  • 6 home modifications to help you save energy

    Money doesn’t grow on trees so we’ve put together six simple modifications you can make to your house and garden that will help you save on energy bills.
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    1. Insulate or top up your insulation

    First, insulation. Not very glamorous and in fact hard to see once it’s done, but what a difference it makes. It can turn a draughty old property into a cosy home. It’s estimated that a quarter of the heat in a home is lost through the roof if it’s not properly insulated, and the payback is immediate.

    You may think that your roof has been insulated, but if it was done a few years ago, it’s probably nowhere near the standard of insulation that is now regarded as adequate. If your roof space is not too complex or irregular, you can try doing this as a DIY job. Use mineral wool, which is available in rolls. Start by putting a layer between the joists, and then put the next layer at right angles to cover the joists and achieve a sufficient depth.

    Be aware though that while the house is warmer, the roof space is colder, so any pipes in the roof will need lagging.

     

    2. Double-glaze doors and windows

    As well as making the house much quieter, and which of us wouldn’t welcome that, this will have a major effect on keeping draughts out and heat in. Other advantages include no more rattling window frames if you live in a windy area, so you can enjoy improved sleep and warmer mornings.

     

    3. Consider changing your boiler

    This is a somewhat controversial area, and you need to balance the energy-efficiency of new boilers with their shorter life and higher maintenance costs. With a new boiler coming in at £2,000, it’s not something you want to replace often. Yet some of the new energy-efficient boilers have poor reputations for longevity. And they really need to be on a monthly maintenance plan, which makes them less cost-effective. You need to weigh up your heating needs and consider the size of your house and the region you live in.

     

    4. Invest in a programmable controller for your heating

    One degree down on the thermostat is equal to 3% down on your energy use and therefore on your bill, so take a look at your thermostat. But once you’ve done that, make sure that your programmable controller is reflecting your heating needs and isn’t running when you’re at work. When the clocks change, adjust the heating timer straight away.

     

    5. Replacing drainage pumps

    People who use drainage pumps for ponds or swimming pools need to make sure they’re up to date. The new models are far more energy-efficient and retain suction, so they don’t have to be run for so long.

     

    6. Invest in new appliances

    You may think your freezer is a low-energy appliance, but you have to remember that it is on 24/7, so any reduction in the energy it uses is going to pay a big dividend. It’s worth getting a super-rated fridge and freezer next time, because these both need to operate at maximum efficiency. And keep the freezer filled as far as possible, because an empty freezer is even less efficient.

    Shop our drainage pumps online now. With these provisions in place, you should be sitting smugly when the next lot of winter storms rolls in.

     

  • Installing a hot tub in your garden this summer?

    A hot tub is rarely an impulse purchase, so it's important to be fully aware of all the options and possibilities before you part with your hard-earned cash in order to make the most of your money.

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    The first tip is not to focus too much on the upfront cost of your hot tub. Although it may seem as though you are paying less, cheaper models can often end up costing you far more in the long run as they require more maintenance and ongoing care. If you want to avoid finding yourself regretting your purchase months or years down the line, focus instead on the overall efficiency and build quality of the tub you wish to buy.

    What you need to know

    Three main factors contribute to the efficiency of any hot tub: the type of insulation, the construction of the cover and the quality of the pump and motor. When it comes to insulation, hot tubs can make use of expanding foam or so-called dead air space between the cabinet and the shell. Foam is believed by many to provide better heat retention, but it can make it difficult to access the internal parts of the tub in the event of a leak or component failure. Cheaper covers tend to mean made from regular vinyl, but those crafted from marine-quality vinyl are better able to withstand the full range of weather conditions that your garden is likely to experience over the course of a year. A cover should fit snugly to improve heat retention and help keep the water cleaner for longer.

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    The pump is the heart of any hot tub set-up, so look for a brand with a solid reputation in this field. When it comes to choosing the horsepower rating of your pump, don't get carried away with the notion that bigger is better. If your pipework is insufficient or the jets on your hot tub are too weak, a more powerful pump will be of little benefit. Calpeda pumps are suitable for a wide range of domestic leisure applications, including swimming pools, hot tubs and jacuzzi baths. Made from high-quality materials and built to last, Calpeda pumps will provide you with many years of reliable service. Our range of Calpeda pumps includes models that provide a high gallon-per-minute rating coupled with a low horsepower rating, meaning they are more efficient and ultimately cost less to run.

    Maintenance

    If you are joining the hot tub owner club for the very first time, it's important to make sure you are fully aware of the amount of maintenance required. Checking the chemical balance on a regular basis and adjusting it by adding chemicals is essential if you want to enjoy trouble-free bathing. You'll also need to ensure that your filters - which remove body oils, lotions, hair spray and other potential contaminants from your water - are working correctly. If you want to save yourself time, be sure to choose a tub model that makes use of a pressure side rather than a suction side filter as this can typically clean all the water in just 15 minutes. Suction side filters can take as long as four hours to do the same job.

    If you invest the necessary time into looking at the many hot tub options available and choose one that is crafted from high-quality materials and fitted out with branded components, you'll be rewarded with the pleasure of a hot tub you can enjoy for many years to come.

  • Calpeda Pumps announces new office moves

    Calpeda Pumps from Montorso, Italy have announced that Calpeda UK have just completed the acquisition of adjacent buildings to their Bicester site. The new facilities will effectively double the size of their UK HQ.

    Disruption to deliveries and contact are hoped to be kept to a minimum.

    Work will commence during the summer on the first if three redevelopment phases, part of a £1.5M project. The first phase will include the construction of a dedicated workshop, service and pump packaging area. Phase two will provide a new state of the art office facility and the final phase three will include the complete redevelopment of the central stores, expected to double the existing storage facilities.

    Further improvements will include the redevelopment of offices at the Castleford site, where a new technical centre will be located. The projects form part of Calpeda’s on-going expansion and growth plans, which have already seen the installation of a SAP business management system, new product developments, new UK booster set ranges, a new customer services department and the expansion of both commercial and technical staffing.

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