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As Britain grinds to a halt in artic winter conditions, the heating in your home is on full blast and families are huddled round their fires just to keep warm. But did you know that up to 80 percent of the heat that is generated by your fire disappears straight up the chimney. And what’s more, the fireplace is also taking heat from other rooms in your home too. Fuel bills are quickly eating up your hard earned cash and what are you getting in return, nothing but more draughts! The shocking truth is that a fireplace can suck as much as 9000 cubic feet of air out of your home! PER HOUR!

Help is at hand in the form of a deceptively simple device from Wakefield-based business, Environmental Fireplace Solutions. The Fireplace Heatsaver could save the average household a small fortune on its heating bill – and cut its carbon footprint by as much as half a ton - in just one year, something that this Government is committed to.

Over seven million properties in the UK have fireplaces which act as a ‘vacuum cleaner’, constantly sucking warm air up the chimney and out of expensively heated rooms, drawing cold air in from the outside which then has to be reheated. The Fireplace Heatsaver is a lightweight and totally transparent acrylic shield that sits in front of an open fireplace or fitted gas fire when it is not in use, preventing heat from escaping up the chimney. If you don’t believe us just take the candle test, place a lighted candle in front of your fireplace and watch where the flame goes – it’s pulled straight towards the fire.

We all appreciate a cosy fire warming our sitting room, but the chimney that takes away the smoke and fumes also extracts the warm air and draws in cold draughts. This wastes energy and this waste continues when the fire is not on. The room with the chimney is often the coldest room in the house.

Launched in January 2008, the demand for Fireplace Heatsavers is growing daily, and the energy saving product has also been commended in Environment UK Magazine as a “simple and effective way to cut your outgoings and protect the environment”.

Environmental Fireplace Solutions has applied for a UK patent for the Fireplace Heatsaver, along with product recognition status from the Energy Saving Trust.

Daniel Shute, director of Environmental Fireplace Solutions, comments: “Headlines may be dominated by news of the increasing number of households facing fuel poverty through rising energy costs, but the Fireplace Heatsaver is giving householders a much happier - and greener - outlook on their heating bills. It’s the quickest, cleanest and easiest way to prevent heat loss up your chimney - making your home kinder to both your wallet and the planet.”

For further information, please contact:
Daniel Shute, director, Environmental Fireplace Solutions Limited
Tel: 01924 368899 / 07785 261053


Notes for editors

About Environmental Fireplace Solutions Ltd
Set up in January 2007 by George Baker, who has over 25 years experience of working in the flue and chimney industry, Environmental Fireplace Solutions has received expert help and advice from West Yorkshire Ventures, including market research and marketing. The company currently employs three people.

About Environment UK
Environment UK Magazine was launched in November 2006 and has quickly become a driving force in the environmental arena. Environment UK was developed to bridge the communications gap between the environmental professions; as such it is one of the few publications to cover any environmental subject within its remit. As a communications and networking tool Environment UK mailed out to environmental professionals covering all areas of industry including waste management, energy, built environment, water, pollution and transport.

About the Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation funded both by government and the private sector and set up to address the damaging effects of climate change and to cut emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by promoting the sustainable and efficient use of energy.

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