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Secondary heating in your home

Secondary heating in your home

The UK government is setting targets for reducing carbon emissions, and in order to meet future targets we will need to reduce emissions by at least 3% per year. 

Within our properties, secondary heating (such as gas fires and multi fuel stoves) produces the biggest carbon emissions. To help the government meet its targets, we made a pledge in 2016 to refuse any requests for secondary heating, and to stop fitting secondary heating to our properties.

If your home has an existing secondary heating appliance, fitted before 2016, you will be able to keep that appliance until it becomes obsolete. After this time it will be taken out and not replaced. If you introduced a gas fire or multi fuel stove to your home after 2016, it must be removed at your own cost.

If you are still using a secondary heating appliance, it is your responsibility to use it safely. Here are some good ways you can protect yourself from carbon monoxide:

  • Make sure your appliances fully comply with current British Standards
  • Have your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • Make sure you’re using the correct fuel for the appliance
  • If your appliance burns wood, make sure that you are using wood that is seasoned and dry

The best way to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your property is to fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm, this can act as an early warning if any carbon monoxide is leaking into your home.

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