As we brace ourselves for more rain and with parts of the country still on flood alert, others are dealing with the deluge of damage caused by the recent floods. Here are our tips on what to do if you live in an area at risk and find that flood water may be heading your way …
It is important to collect key documentation in a safe place upstairs. This includes insurance documents and helpline numbers, plus personal telephone book for relatives and friends, and a local directory for contacting tradesmen and the emergency services. You may also like to ensure passports and driving documents are safeguarded as well as bank, mortgage and credit card details.
Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies at the mains. Unplug all electrical items and store upstairs. If possible cover doors, windows and airbricks with plywood, metal sheeting or sandbags, which may be available from your local council. Take as many items of furniture and precious possessions as possible upstairs.
Where possible take photographs of your rooms. This will not only provide evidence to support any claim, but will remind you of what you have lost.
It is vital to keep abreast of the latest flood warnings and weather forecasts either via the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or television and radio broadcasts. The Environment Agency also operates a Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flood warnings.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change have reported since the December 12th deadline the number of solar pv installations dropped by a staggering 98% based on figures for the week prior to the 12th.
The figures released by the DECC illustrate the boom following the Government’s announcement to cut the FiT rate on 31st October and how in just 6 weeks the UK more than doubled its capacity, with 43% of 2011’s capacity being put in place after the announcement.
The deadline has no doubt been devastating for a considerable amount of our clients but the requirement for our desktop appraisals since the deadline shows that installations are still going ahead, albeit at a much slower pace.
Our figures for November showed that out of all desktop appraisals undertaken for that month, 83% passed successfully with no strengthening works being required.
To find out how we can help you and provide the MCS installer’s clients’ with complete peace of mind, check out our services for solar pv installers here or call to speak to one of our advisors on 0800 027 5130.
The use of solar PV systems is not only hugely cost effective by savings on your energy bills, but can also offer a form of investment with the introduction of the feed in tariff.
The FiT scheme is available for people who have solar panels, wind turbines and other forms of electrical micro generation technology installed in their homes.
To qualify for the FiT system, the solar PV systems must be installed by an MCS accredited installer and supplier.
The key benefits of the FiT are:-
generation tariff – in which your energy supplier gives money for every unit of electricity produced
export tariff – a payment of approx 3p/Kwh for all excess generated electricity exported to the grid
energy bill savings – by using the power from the installed technology there is less dependence of the conventional electrical power supplied by the grid
To find out more, visit the Department of Energy & Climate Change & see Kevin McCloud speaking on DECC at EcoBuild.
A week of marketing has paid off at Brewsters, the launch of our new Desktop Appraisal for Solar PV installations has exceeded our expectations.
The product is aimed mainly at MCS accredited contractors and has proven a great hit. Not only does the homeowner get peace of mind that their roof has been professionally checked and structurally appraised but the installer also shows compliance with guidelines in the case of an MCS audit.
The key to the success has definitely been the low fee Brewsters are charging for the desk top appraisal. The installers provide us with the photographs, measurements and roof member sizes and our time is spent doing what we do best, calculating the suitability of roofs to accept the increased weight from PV panels rather than racing around country. We’ve also prepared a number of commercial products although a site visit is often required and a number of schools and factories have already been inspected.
For more information on our latest desktop products which start from £75.00 + VAT or commercial roof appraisals for PV systems, please contact the Brewsters Sales Team on 0800 027 5130.
With the growing demand for solar panel installations, we’ve recently launched a range of products designed specifically to suit the needs of MCS accredited installers.
Our team of structural engineers and surveyors aim to handle your project swiftly and with minimum disruption to the homeowner and the sales process.
With desk-top appraisals starting from £75 + VAT and visits & reports from as little as £180 + VAT, call us today on 0800 027 5130 and find out how we can help you.
View our fact sheets for more information:
Brewster’s solar panel services for commercial buildings
Brewster’s solar panel desktop appraisals
Brewster’s solar panel services for domestic properties
Renewable energy sources such as solar energy are increasingly being favoured by homeowners over fossil fuels.
With so much emphasis on going green Brewsters surveying practice have launched 3 new products aimed at MCS accredited solar panel installers and have been busy surveying roof frame suitability for solar panel installation all over the UK.
In a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint and in working towards our ISO 14001 our very own ‘Green Committee’ have organised having solar panels installed here at our head office ‘Scotia House’ and we can’t wait to start creating our own power!
If you’re thinking of installing solar panels but don’t know where to start or are concerned if your roof is strong enough, give us a call to find out how we can help you.
Ministers want rural councils to consider changing planning policies to support residential conversion of unwanted farm buildings rather than insisting on employment reuse.
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