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Hi, my name is Robert and I’m a sole trader specifically within the plumbing sector, I have over 32 years experience within the water industry in both the commercial and domestic area from small domestic reactive maintenance to large scale commercial installations. I’m competitively priced, reliable and punctual. I can also offer a 10% discount to all customers over 65. Old Park FM is a new buisness started in March 2020. I have a very good eye for detail with an excellent problem solving capability which is key to reactive maintenance. I can offer the below services: Bathroom installation. Hot & Cold water system maintenance. Full Hot & Cold water installations for new builds. Both vented and unvented system installations and maintenance. Tap changes. Drainage installations. Cold Water Storage tank changes.

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Reviewed by Paul on 4/3/2021

Rob was excellent, recommend him highly.

With over 18 years of experience in the Heating Industry, I supply competitive heating innovation, design, installation and repair for domestic and commercial clients.

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Reviewed by Sheena on 20/3/2021

Couldn't be happier with Iain and his team. Spotlessly clean and professional throughout. From quote to completion he kept us updated, Very happy with our ATAG boiler and Tado control system. Would happily recommend Evolved Energy Services..

My name is Oliver allison and I am the owner of OA Plumbing and Heating, I am skilled in most aspects of plumbing and heating and I have a passion for plumbing. My company will provide 100% efficient visits to your homes, we are here to give you, the customer a pleasant experience and we can re-assure we are following all COVID-19 guidances so we wear faces masks and gloves on all visits! We do anything from a dripping tap or finding a leak, to new bathroom installs and high end appliances, ie; designer radiators, concealed toilet and sink units.

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Reviewed by James on 14/4/2021

Spot on......

Bsure boilers and bathrooms is a family run business. We have been gas safe registered for over 30 years. We offer our customers a friendly and reliable service! We offer reasonable rates and free quotes. We carry out boiler replacements, servicing and repairs, pressurized hot water tank installation, landlord certificates, bathroom and wet room installations and lots lots more. Check out our website for deals @ bsureboilers.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you

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Reviewed by Steve on 30/3/2019

Thanks Mark for the quick response and fantastic work! Totally recommend Mark to anyone

I am a sole trader and have over 10 years experience. I specialise in Carpentry, Painting & Decorating and many more..

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Reviewed by Fred on 11/2/2021

Highly recommend. Very quick to respond, friendly, professional & knowledgeable. Listen attentively to the issue, gave great advice and delivered what was expected.

A&P Roofing was established in April 1998, it is a small family firm. We cover areas such as Widnes, Runcorn, Helsby, Warrington, St Helens, Frodsham and Liverpool or within a 50 mile radius, Anything from a minor Roof Repair to Major Projects.

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Reviewed by Alison on 11/11/2019

Work completed very satisfactorily and at a reasonable price. Workmen arrived punctually and left everything tidy at the end of the job. Would recommend.

Recently made redundant due to COVID-19 and starting my own business. I am a hard working individual always keen for work.

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 27/11/2020

Aaron has replaced all 10 radiators in my house with new rads and he has done a brilliant job. He is super friendly and competitively priced. After doing such a good job we asked Aaron to fit a bathroom vanity sink and tap as well as plumb in a new dishwasher. He's now on to re-fitting our entire en-suite!

We aim to provide a 100% customer satisfaction service. No job to big or too small. Same great quality always given.

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Reviewed by kevin on 3/2/2021

Lots of sensible questions ahead of quoting, but then Comms. Stopped. As it turned out I had to cancel the job anyway.

We carrie out maintenance and building work to all property have over 35 years experience in the building industry

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Reviewed by Ivan on 6/10/2020

Mike is very knowledgeable and quick at his work. He has never let me down and I have instructed him to do many jobs.

JMS Plumbing & Heating

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Reviewed by Caoimhe on 31/5/2018

Joe was great - showed up when he said he would, diagnosed issue. Helpful, friendly attitude, not at all pushy. Would recommend.

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Solar Panel Installation specialists - what you need to know

The last decade has seen the number of homes with solar panels rocket, making them a common feature across our urban landscapes. In fact, over half a million homes in Britain now have them, and it’s easy to see why. Solar panels generate energy for your home, allowing you to do your bit for the environment, save on your electricity bills, and even make some money in the long run.

While this sounds like a no-brainer, you’ll need to do the sums to see exactly how your investment will pay back over the years. An expert energy installer will tell you what type of solar panels meet your needs and install the right system for your home, allowing you to start reaping the rewards from solar energy.

Cost of solar panel installation work

The cost of solar panels themselves has fallen in recent years due to cheaper manufacturing and higher competition within the solar tech market. So there’s never been a better time to invest.

That’s not to say this isn’t a considered decision, though. The installation of solar panels is still going to set you back several thousands of pounds, and the final figure will depend on the size of the system, as well as the quality and brand of the panels you choose.

The number of occupants in your home will be the main steer for the system and kWh required, but you should also consider other factors, such as the size of your roof and whether it’s south-facing.

Typically, you can expect to pay the following:

  • 14 m2, 2kWh: £3,000-£4,000
  • 21 m2, 3kWh: £4,000-£6,000
  • 28 m2, 4kWh: £6,000-£8,000

What types of solar panels are there?

There are a few different options available for solar panels. The most common is the monocrystalline or polycrystalline system. A familiar sight on many roofs, these are the blue or black photovoltaic solar panels, with a layer of glass covering them, and they’re usually mounted on an aluminium frame. They’re also the most efficient solar panel system for domestic use.

Despite their popularity, some still consider these solar panels a little ungainly. For those concerned about appearance, thin-film solar panels can be a more attractive option. These have a sleek finish and can be fitted directly onto many surfaces. Or, you can opt for solar tiles, which actually replace an area of existing roof (matched its style). While these options might be prettier, they’re more expensive and less efficient.

Out of all the options available, many people opt for traditional photovoltaic solar panels because they boast the biggest financial and environmental benefits. These perks include:

  • Electricity savings. Generating your own solar energy means reduced electricity bills. The level of this saving depends on the size of your system, volume of electricity use, and when you’ll be using it. If you can use electricity during the day when the panels are most efficient, you’ll save more (as less is needed from the grid).
  • Feed-in tariff. This is a payment from the Government for all of the energy you generate. This tariff is income tax-free and paid quarterly by energy suppliers. It’s guaranteed for 20 years and is index-linked, therefore rising with inflation. The rate varies depending on the size of your system.
  • Export tariff. You’re paid for any energy that you don’t use, which is sent back to the grid. The rate is set at 5.03p/kWh.

How do solar panels work?

All three options fall into the same category, and that’s photovoltaic solar, or PV. This means they produce energy from sunlight, which is then used to power lighting and household appliances.

There’s also another type of solar panel which serves a slightly different purpose. Solar thermal panels use the sun’s light to heat water for your house, allowing you to cut down on heating bills. However, this type doesn’t produce electricity, which is where the Governmental incentives are focused.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Both the installer and the system will need to meet the standards of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Your installer should provide a MCS certificate upon completion of the work. You can then use this to apply for the Government’s schemes with a licensed energy supplier.

Planning permission for solar panel installation jobs

Generally, you don’t need planning permission to install solar PV systems. However, there are a few exceptions, such as properties in conservation areas, those that are listed, and for homes with flat roofs. You may need to get approval from the council, so check with your local authority.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

A reputable energy installer should have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage. Many will also opt for professional indemnity insurance to cover any guidance on design and financial advice regarding renewable energy.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Are they MCS accredited?
  • What brand of solar panels do they recommend?
  • Will the system have a warranty?

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