How energy efficient is my boiler?

How efficient is your boiler when it comes to turning fuel into heat? If you’ve got a modern A-rated condensing boiler then it’s going to be highly efficient. We’re talking 90% or more. But it’s a different story altogether if you’ve got an old inefficient boiler. In fact it could be wasting as much as 30% fuel compared to just 10% or less with a new high efficiency boiler.  The fact is central heating is one of the biggest energy…

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How much does it cost to install a heat pump?

When it comes to providing heat for our homes we’re no longer a slave to conventional and expensive methods. Renewable forms of heating are revolutionising the home heating market, and none more so than heat pumps. Heat pumps like air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps are a viable way of generating renewable heat for your home. For energy consumers who aren’t connected to the National Grid heat pumps are a serious solution to lower heating bills without…

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Holmes Media to Launch New Sales Leads for the Heating Industry

  NEW! Exclusive, Online Priced Leads Holmes Media are proud to announce that their new and unique lead type for the heating industry will be launching in September 2017. ‘YouOffer’ leads are exclusive, price conditioned leads which will enable installers to provide offers to ready-to-buy customers via a complete online process with no need for a site visit. YouOffer leads mark a huge step forward for the heating industry with a completely online process. The customer will post a highly…

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HALF PRICE biomass and electric boiler sales leads – limited time only!

Does your company install biomass or electric boilers? If the answer is yes, don’t miss out on limited time offer: half-price sales leads! Just £10.50 per electric lead and £20.50 per biomass lead – bargain! Fully qualified, ready to buy customers in the locations that suit you Get more business today, the smart way! Quote with less competition Our experienced team telephone qualifies every lead to make sure you only receive enquiries from customers who are genuinely in the market…

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Exclusive oil boiler finance and central heating finance leads

Does your company offer oil boilers on finance agreements? Are you FCA regulated, or partnered with a provider who is? You can now purchase sales leads for oil boiler and central heating finance. New & Exclusive Quote with No Competition The oil finance leads are EXCLUSIVE to one company so you won’t need to compete against other quotes. Receive Only Qualified Leads We telephone qualify each and every lead to ensure that you are only sent enquiries from customers who…

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Holmes Media Account Management – Meet the Team!

Our Account Managers are on hand to help you make the most of our service. Adam Prior to joining us as an Account Manager here at Holmes Media, Adam worked in recruitment. He also supervised teams in call centres for 7 years, before moving on to work in onsite Account management. Adam enjoys spending time with his two little ones, and has a new baby girl on the way! Vicky Before joining us here at Holmes Media as an Account…

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Oil boiler leads from Holmes Media

In addition to oil boiler replacement leads under the HHCRO scheme, Holmes Media now offers full able to pay oil boiler leads. These are generated through our flagship website Boiler Guide. We provide leads for a range of oil job types, including central heating replacement, boiler replacement, service and repair.   Why buy oil boiler leads from Holmes Media? All of the leads we provide are telephone qualified to ensure you only quote for genuinely interested customers Only pay for…

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Introducing HHCRO electric storage heater leads

Holmes Media now offers leads for the installation of replacement electric storage heaters. This comes under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) and aims to provide support for fuel poor households who get their heat from electric storage heaters.   What is HHCRO? HHCRO is a part of the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. Under this part of the scheme, the big 6 energy companies finance grants for insulation and heating improvements, including electric storage heaters, to qualifying…

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Everything installers need to know about the ECO announcement

The government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has been extended and will run from April 2017 to September 2018. £640m will be allocated per year to the scheme and the qualifying criteria for ECO is also going to change to include more fuel poor households. We’ve put together a short guide to these changes and how they could affect any jobs you carry out under the scheme.   The new ECO qualifying criteria The criteria is making a positive shift that…

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The HVAC news round-up January 2017

From plans to help tackle the issue of fuel poverty in the UK to top tips for installers in the busy winter period, here’s this month’s news round up. Low-carbon heat policy Logic4training OFTEC have said that the Government’s UK heat policy must also tackle energy efficiency and fuel poverty alongside efforts to reduce carbon emissions from heating in off-grid homes. Visit Logic4Training for the full details. Why servicing is so important to installers and their customers Installer Magazine This…

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Central heating leads from Holmes Media

Did you know that alongside new boiler jobs we also offer sales leads for full central heating system installations? Here’s everything you need to know to get started with our central heating system sales leads. Why do we split central heating from new boiler? We choose to sell central heating and new boiler jobs separately as they are different job sizes. Some installers may want to buy boiler replacement leads to fill spaces in their books, whilst others want to…

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The solar news round-up January 2017

From the release of the latest Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates, to Scotland setting climate leading emissions reduction targets, we’ve rounded up some of the top renewables stories from this past month. UK puts energy storage central to new industrial strategy Solar Power Portal The government’s Modern Industrial Strategy has revealed a focus on battery technology, thanks to its potential to support smart energy systems and the automotive sector. Solar Power Portal has reported on the details. UK studies possibility of…

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Solar sales leads from Holmes Media

Solar installers have been buying our leads for years and we think this comes down to the quality of our leads and flexibility of our service. We make sure all of our leads are telephone qualified, so you only quote for customers who are serious about solar. We also make it easy to buy leads- as many as you want and only when you want, so you can fill up your appointment book on demand. Our benefits for installers Only…

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The HVAC news round-up December 2016

From an industry reaction to the release of the Autumn Statement, to practical advice on managing the expiry of your Gas Safe qualification, here’s a round-up of the top HVAC articles this month. Smart meter rollout could be delayed due to “lack of qualified engineers” The government made a pledge to rollout smart meters to 30 million homes by 2020 but according to new research this could be delayed due to a lack of qualified engineers. One in five people…

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Introducing insulation leads

Many installers are diversifying when it comes to the types of jobs they carry out, and for some this includes installing other home energy efficiency measures. Insulation is one of these measures and thanks to changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, it can be a great addition to boiler install jobs or simply a standalone project. Holmes Media now offers both loft and cavity insulation leads, so if you want an easy way to find local customers looking…

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Find new customers with service and repair leads

Alongside new boiler installation leads we also offer leads for servicing and repair jobs. These leads are low cost, exclusive and can lead to lifetime customers. We took a look at everything you need to know to get started with servicing and repair leads. What are the benefits? Although a service or a repair may not earn as much as a boiler installation initially, they can be a great way to find repeat customers. This is especially true in the…

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The HVAC news round-up November 2016

From the start of energy-saving week, to the opening survey of the Gas Safe Decade Review. We have rounded up eight of the best news stories from the heating and plumbing industry this month. Is there more we can do to identify under-qualified installers? Whilst there are thousands of fully qualified plumbing and heating engineers, there is still a lot to be done to help people recognise the under qualified installers. Reports by the Gas Safe Register show that almost…

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The HVAC news round-up October 2016

From the success of the third year of quality plumber week, to the positive news of boiler sale increases, we’ve rounded up 6 of the best news stories from the heating industry this month. Big Energy Saving Week 2016 Big energy saving week kicks off on the 31st of October going through to the 6th of November. This national campaign helps people to cut their fuel bills and get  financial support. There is also a focus on raising public awareness…

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Boiler finance sales leads from Holmes Media

Did you know that along with HHCRO and new boiler installation leads we actually offer boiler finance leads? If your company offers boiler finance and is either FCA regulated or works with a provider who is, then these leads are the perfect way to get new customers! Here’s everything you need to know about finance leads from Holmes Media… Exclusive leads that only go to your company Unlike some types of boiler lead, our boiler finance jobs only go to…

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Holmes Media gets baking for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The Holmes Media offices have been busy baking again for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2016. Each year coffee morning events held all over the country raise millions of pounds for the Macmillan charity which supports those affected by cancer. Last year Macmillan achieved over £25 million and aims to raise even more this time around. This year Holmes Media was inspired by the Great British Bakeoff and held a baking competition of our own. From brownies and lemon drizzle…

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Introducing LPG boiler job leads

Holmes Media is happy to announce that we are now providing telephone qualified job leads for LPG boilers. This includes new boiler installations, servicing and repair jobs. We now also offer leads for LPG jobs under the government’s HHCRO scheme, which are generated through our Boiler Grants website. LPG jobs under HHCRO The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) is a part of the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. Under HHCRO qualifying households are able to receive grants towards…

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The HVAC news round-up September 2016

This month brought with it Gas Safety Week 2016 and there was no shortage of support from installers, publications and manufacturers in the industry. We’ve rounded up some of the best stories from Gas Safety Week along with news on apprentice funding, new statistics about late payment for plumbers, and including radiators in the ErP. Employers to get 90% of apprentice funding HPM Magazine The government will see £2.5 billion invested in apprenticeship training by 2020 to ensure that “every…

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Find new local customers with Windows Guide

Holmes Media is excited to present their flagship site for window, door & conservatory job leads. WindowsGuide.co.uk puts accredited tradespeople in touch with customers looking for local installers to carry out their projects. For the installers we work with this means high quality local job leads, along with a host of other benefits: Job alerts delivered straight to your inbox When a job in your area comes in we’ll let you know via text, email and your installer dashboard meaning…

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The HVAC news round-up August 2016

From advice on the new apprenticeship levy to information about Gas Safety Week, we’ve put together a round-up of 5 of the most useful news pieces from the heating industry this month. Take up of Green Deal loans was “abysmal” and the scheme cost taxpayers £17,000 for every loan arranged Installer Magazine A report published by the Public Accounts Committee this month has criticised the government’s recently closed Green Deal scheme. The report states that take-up of the Green Deal…

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HHCRO and oil boilers: what installers need to know

The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) is becoming a more widely known term throughout the industry, but what exactly do you need to know about it as an installer? We took a look at the most frequently asked questions in this installer’s guide to HHCRO and how it applies to oil boiler installations. What is HHCRO? Short for the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, HHCRO is a part of the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. Under this part…

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10 things you should know about boiler grants

Unless you’ve been living in a cave these past few years there’s a very good chance that you’ll have heard all about the Government’s energy company funded free boiler grant scheme. In a nutshell, if you’re on specific benefits and meet set criteria there’s a free boiler grant out there with your name on it. Well not literally, but you know what we mean.  The free boiler grant scheme, which sometimes goes by the name of ECO (that’s short for…

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Boiler Guide Launches New Tool to Compare Boiler Cover

Our flagship website Boiler Guide has released a new tool to help homeowners find the best deal on their boiler and central heating cover. The Boiler Cover Comparison Tool features packages from the leading names in heating insurance including British Gas, npower, SSE and 24|7 Home Rescue. Not only does it include the standard prices, but also any offers or discounts currently running, to ensure customers find the best deal they can. The comparison tool includes a range of packages,…

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Sport Relief 2016 at Holmes Media

Sport Relief is back this year from the 18th – 20th of March and Holmes Media has been busy raising money for this fantastic charity event. We got into the spirit of Sport Relief with themed fancy dress. There were plenty of creative costumes to be spotted around the office – from football kits and 80’s workout gear, to full horse riding ensembles! Plus in true Holmes Media style we had more than enough homemade cakes donated to our bake…

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Holmes Media is Heading to the Installer 2016 Show Coventry

Holmes Media is happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at Installer 2016 – the UK’s largest heating and plumbing show. The event will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and will run for 3 days across 10th – 12th May. Installer 2016 will feature a huge range of displays and attractions from a number of exhibitors. Following on from the successful Installer 2015 event, this year’s show is set to be even bigger with a focus on…

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New Year, New Solar Guide Website

This past year has been a busy one for Holmes Media, with 3 of our biggest websites getting a makeover. Solar Guide is the latest website to undergo a redesign, with a brand new look and improved features. We wanted to invest in our websites to make sure they are not only easy for homeowners to use, but ultimately generate more high quality leads for the installers we work with. Although 2015 was an uncertain year for solar here in…

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Christmas Wishes and Notice on Opening Hours and Lead Delivery

From everybody at Holmes Media we would like to wish all of the installers we work with a Merry Christmas and to say a big thank you for your business over the past year. Notice on Opening Hours and Lead Delivery Our office will be closed between the 25th – 28th December and 1st January. All leads will be accessible during this period. If you need to pause your account you may do so from within your dashboard. If you…

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39% of installers want more work

Insight from heating solutions provider Glow-worm has shown that 36% of installers say a lack of work means they are unable to grow their business. The survey was carried out among 500 installers in the UK in an effort to find out how they are looking to upskill, upsell and recruit as a means to grow. Alongside a lack of work, lack of knowledge and time for business planning were also pinpointed as reasons preventing installers from developing. How can…

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A Holmes Media Halloween

Whilst it’s not quite the 31st of October yet, the Holmes Media team has been busy celebrating Halloween in style this week. With prizes up for grabs for the top entries we all got into the competitive spirit with desk decorating and pumpkin carving. We also enjoyed a great buffet – it wouldn’t be a celebration without cake after all! There was no shortage of enthusiasm for desk decorating this year. Helen took 1st prize with her spectacular Halloween crime…

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Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2015

Holmes Media have been busy baking this week for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan. This countrywide event has been running since 1991 and raises millions of pounds each year to help provide support for the 2.5 million people in the UK who are living with cancer, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. Last year Macmillan raised over £25 million and in 2015 the charity hopes to beat that figure again. Holmes Media couldn’t wait to get…

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New Boiler Guide website

Holmes Media has invested in the redesign of Boiler Guide in order to generate more quality leads for accredited boiler installers. Boiler Guide is just one of the Holmes Media websites getting a makeover this year.  So what’s different with the new website design? Improved search visibility. Boiler Guide has been improved to ensure it ranks even higher in search engines; making sure installer listings are more visible for those searching for local installers. Mobile friendly and intuitive. It is…

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End of the Green Deal: what happens next?

On 23 July 2015, Amber Rudd the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change announced that the Green Deal would no longer receive funding. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) explained that the decision was made to end Green Deal funding after a low take up of the programme and concerns over standards. Since the closure was announced, many figures and leaders within the industry who had dealt with the scheme have expressed their thoughts on the…

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Government cuts to schemes and subsidies 2015: what installers need to know

This month the industry has been hit with news about cuts to renewable obligation support and the closure of the Green Deal. We rounded up the most important information for installers on the changes to the Green Deal, solar subsidies and Renewable Heat Incentive.   The end of Green Deal funding On 23 July 2015, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd announced that the government would cease funding for the Green Deal. This decision was made…

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What is Legionella and how can installers protect against it?

Legionella is a type of bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease and other conditions such as Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. The bacteria can be found in manmade water systems such as hot tubs, spas and hot & cold water systems. H&V News recently published that there are up to 400 cases of Legionnaires’ disease each year in the UK and Wales alone. Heating engineers can become qualified in the assessment and treatment of systems at high risk of Legionella…

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Can I still get a boiler replacement grant?

Here at Holmes Media we get a steady stream of questions about the Government’s boiler grant scheme. The good news is that despite recent funding cuts boiler grants are still available to people who meet the eligibility requirements. Could you be one of them? Originally introduced in January 2013 the scheme provided qualifying households with brand new energy efficient boilers, installed for free. Two years on boiler grants are still available, however a growing number of people are being asked…

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What is ErP and how will it affect boiler installers in 2015?

From 26 September the ErP (Energy related Products) Directive will come into action as part of the EU’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The new labelling aims to make it easier for customers to choose the most energy efficient products, saving money and reducing environmental impact. The initiative will directly affect both manufacturers and installers, so we have outlined everything you need to know to be ready for it. How will ErP work? The directive is split into two parts,…

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Why we need the Green Deal

Please note: on 23 July 2015 the government announced that it has stopped funding for the Green Deal due to low take up of the scheme and concerns about industry standards. Introduced in January 2013, the Green Deal was designed to revolutionise the energy efficiency of properties in Britain. The first scheme of its kind in the developed world, the Government conceived the scheme as a means of helping energy consumers lower their energy bills by giving their homes energy efficient…

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World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Macmillan has been running its national World’s Biggest Coffee Morning since 1991. Back then just 2,600 people took part. Last year, over 150,000 people signed up to raise a staggering £20 million. To date Macmillan’s coffee mornings have raised around £113 million and this year Macmillan is hoping to beat last year’s fundraising efforts. All the money raised goes towards helping to support the 2 million people in the UK living with this terrible disease. Today Holmes Media Towers is…

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How to choose a window installer

As trades go, double glazing companies are probably one of the least popular. It’s not surprising though, given the industry is known for employing selling techniques which incorporate massive price drops and high pressure sales patter. So when the time comes to install new double glazing, who do you choose to fit it?  Do you go with a major player in the double glazing game, like Anglian, Everest and Safestyle? Or do you opt for a smaller, less well known…

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Cash back for Green Deal home improvements

Please note: on 23 July 2015 the government announced that it has stopped funding for the Green Deal due to low take up of the scheme and concerns about industry standards. If you’re thinking of carrying out improvements to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home, we bring good news. You may be entitled to claim up to £7,600 cash back, thanks to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund – a pot of money designed to make energy saving home improvements a more…

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Roll up roll up for the domestic RHI!

We’re in a celebratory mood at Holmes Media HQ today. And for once it’s got nothing to do with birthdays and cupcakes! You see today marks the long awaited launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive: a scheme introduced by the Government which pays households to generate their own renewable heat through the installation of solar thermal hot water systems, biomass boilers and air source and ground source heat pumps. Very similar in design to the successful solar feed-in tariff scheme, under…

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Solar panels a better investment than a pension

What’s better than investing in a pension? Investing in solar energy. That’s according to energy minister Greg Barker who recently described solar photovoltaic panels as “a really attractive financial proposition” during an interview with The Daily Telegraph newspaper.  Installing solar panels on your rooftop can actually deliver a better financial return compared to a traditional pension. According to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) a typical annual rate of return on domestic solar panels is between 5%…

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Loft Conversion Quotes website has lofty ambitions

If you didn’t know already, we’re in the business of generating home improvement leads and we’re delighted to add a new website to our ever expanding portfolio. Let’s just say we have rather lofty ambitions for our newest site, if you’ll pardon the pun. Loftconversionquotes.co.uk is the go to place if you’re thinking of converting your unused and unloved loft space and need to source a competitive price to get the job done. We’re the UK’s leading loft conversion quotes website….

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Knot it and rock it on Tie Tuesday

Tuesday gets our vote as easily the most uninspiring and drab day of the week.  Nestled in between Manic Monday and Wednesday aka Hump Day, there’s never very much to like about Tuesday. So we’ve decided to try and make Tuesday a bit more interesting and colourful by embracing the spirit of Tie Tuesday aka Ties Day. So what’s Tie Tuesday when it’s at home? Well it’s pretty self explanatory actually. It’s a day designed to celebrate the greatness that is…

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Spreading good news and cheer!

We’re suckers for a good celebration and so far this year there’s been lots of happy news doing the rounds at Holmes Media Towers. Yes, good news seems to be infectious around these parts just lately. Not that we’re complaining! If anything we’re a little bit jealous! Not only is telesales team member Helen (that’s C not M!) pregnant, but she also got engaged over the festive season too! Everyone at Holmes Media is pleased as punch for Helen. Didn’t we…

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Smart heating systems for your home

With energy prices at an all-time high and showing no signs of slowing down, we’re all for ways in which we can lower bills and save a bit of money. So we’re really excited by the growing number of clever heating systems starting to show up on market. So much so we couldn’t wait to share a few of them with you. We’ve picked what we think are the best five for our latest blog, all of which claim to…

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Things you need to know about our leads

We’ve been generating high quality sales leads since 2003. With over ten years experience under our belt, at present we provide qualified leads to heating and boiler installers, renewable energy professionals and home improvement companies. As a lead generator we’re very big on transparency. Which leads us very nicely to the theme of our latest blog post – our leads, pardon the pun! We pride ourselves on being a completely transparent service. With us there’s no contract, no subscription fees…

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Dancing on ice Holmes Media style!

Take a bunch of Holmes Media employees and a VIP ice skating rink, throw in a few excited children (together with a few push-along-penguins for good measure!) and you have the recipe for a fantastic fun-filled few hours. As long as you don’t mind making a bit of a fool of yourself!  Yes, if you ever want to embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues then may we suggest ice skating. There’s nothing quite like trying to channel your inner…

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Help us help you!

As a lead generation company we’ve been generating leads for heating, home improvement and renewable energy installers since 2003 – so for more than ten years. And whilst we don’t like to brag, we think we’re pretty good at what we do. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. After all, we’re far from perfect. Which brings us to 2014 and our New Year’s Resolution. No it’s not to lose weight, stop smoking or exercise more often. Those…

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What your New Year’s Resolution?

So here we are. 2014. A new year. And for many of us that means making resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight, quit smoking, spend less time on Facebook and Twitter or take up a new hobby, most of us can think of a handful of ways in which we’d like to make life changes. And there’s no better time to set goals to improve your life than at the start of a new year. In fact is has become…

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Top tips for surviving the office Christmas party

Christmas. For many of us, the mere mention of the word sends absolute shivers down our spines. Rather than being the season of happiness and joy, there’s nothing quite like Christmas when it comes to escalating our stress levels. And is it us, or does the festive period seem to start earlier and earlier with each passing year? After all, it doesn’t seem five minutes ago since we were last dusting off the Christmas decorations, wrestling with fairy lights and…

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We wish you an energy efficient Christmas

Christmas is just a matter of days away and being the energy efficient aficionados we are, or at least try to be, the festive period has got us thinking about ways in which we can all save energy and money during the season of glad tidings and good will. Of course we’re not advocating you channel your inner scrooge, but Christmas can be a very expensive time of the year, and being the caring souls that we are, we’re all…

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2014 – a good year to go green

Please note: on 23 July 2015 the government announced that it has stopped funding for the Green Deal due to low take up of the scheme and concerns about industry standards. We’re big lovers of all things green at Holmes Media. The Hulk. Kermit the Frog. Shrek. The Green Lantern. Tree Frogs. Even broccoli! Then of course there’s the Green Deal and green energy. Oh, the list is endless!  If you didn’t know already, 2014 is the year to go…

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Introducing the Holmes Media team

There’s a saying about a company only being as good as its employees and it’s one we whole heartedly agree with. Good staff are not just an invaluable asset but the heart and soul of a business. And as the greatest lead generator on the planet, we deserve the greatest team. Don’t you agree? That’s why we pull out all the stops to make sure we have the best people; not only in terms of skills and experience, but in…

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Martin Lewis’s top tips to save cash over winter

Martin Lewis, aka Mr Money Saving Expert appeared on popular daytime TV show This Morning (otherwise known as the Phillip and Holly show!) to promote his top tips for saving money over the coming winter. We love This Morning (although not quite as much as we love Jeremy Kyle!) and as you can probably tell from our previous blog posts, we’re all for helping households become more energy efficient to cut their gas and electricity bills. Like you, we dread…

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IKEA boosts interest in solar panels

As home furnishings and flatpack furniture go, we love IKEA. In fact we have been known to spend a few hours wandering around our local store at weekends, fantasising about the latest trends in ready-to-assemble furniture. And now we learn that the Swedish furniture giant is planning to sell solar photovoltaic panels, after a pilot scheme in their Lakeside store in East London proved a success.  IKEA has long been a champion of renewable energy. In fact the company has installed around half…

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3 is our magic number

Our debut post in this very blog back in March hinted that 2013 was set to be a changing and challenging year, with growth on the cards as we ramp up our expansion plans. Well the end of the year is in sight (only 65 days to go until Christmas!) and the recruitment drive is still going strong. The sales department has undoubtedly seen the most growth this year, with seven new additions joining our friendly and energetic team. Come November…

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The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: coming to a home near you

It’s not uncommon for politicians to make the odd blunder or gaffe. And Prime Ministers are no exception. Take David Cameron for example. Last week during Prime Minister’s Question Time the debate about energy prices and climate change policies got somewhat heated, with Cameron claiming the Renewable Heat Incentive was no more. Pardon? The Renewable Heat Incentive, cancelled? Are you having a laugh Dave? Pull the other one because it’s not funny! The Government, you see, doesn’t have the best…

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Bring back the boiler scrappage scheme

Since the launch of the Energy Company Obligation free boiler scheme, households across the country who meet the eligibility criteria (and it’s estimated that there’s about 2.5 million of them!) have been applying in their droves to get their hands on a brand new energy saving boiler. But with around 26.4 million households in the UK, there’s going to be a lot of people out there with old and inefficient boilers who miss out because they don’t qualify. The current free…

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Are you ready for the RHI?

If you’re the owner of a renewable heating system you’re probably chomping at the bit for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (aka the RHI) to get off the ground. It has been a bit of a slow burn after all (let’s face it; a snail could move faster!) But we are inching ever closer to its launch day. Yes, come spring 2014 the RHI will finally be good to go. Almost 5 years after the scheme was first announced. Oh…

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Learn to love your boiler again

Most of us have a love hate relationship with our central heating boilers. We love them for providing us with a seemingly endless supply of heat and hot water, especially during the cold winter months when sudden temperature drops leave us struggling to keep warm, making the decision to turn up the thermostat an all but inevitable one.  But unfortunately there’s a price to pay to enjoy our home comforts, in the form of escalating energy bills; the mere thought…

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How gas safe is your home?

When was the last time you had the gas appliances in your home checked? If you’re one of almost 7.69 million households who have never had their gas boilers, fires or cookers checked then the Gas Safe Register, Britain’s gas safe authority, is hoping to get the message across through its third annual gas safe initiative. Yes it’s Gas Safety Week. That time of the year when the Gas Safe Register embarks on an all-out campaign to raise awareness of the…

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How to manage your energy bills

Britain is facing an energy “supply crunch” that could see energy bills jump by a dramatic 20% as dwindling reserves lead to a dependency on foreign gas. Consumers are already contending with average electricity bills of £570, which many are struggling to cover in the current economic climate where soaring inflation rates are continually driving up prices. However, this figure could shoot up by £114 to £684 in the next five years. Likewise, the average household dual fuel bill, which currently…

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How to motivate your team the Holmes Media way

Although we have a pretty relaxed dress code here at Holmes Media, it’s not everyday of the week that you see your work colleagues rock up to the office with paint on their faces and feathers in their hair, wearing tutus and carrying pom-poms. We kid you not! We almost had to do a double take to make sure we weren’t seeing things! It certainly wasn’t your average day at Holmes Media HQ, that’s for sure. So what could be the…

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Goodbye and hello

As that well known saying goes, all good things must come to an end. While some of us are still recovering from the loss of web designer extraordinaire Andy, the time has come to bid farewell to another one of our own this week, as we say goodbye to our lovely Account Manager Annette. But it’s not all doom and gloom because we have three new recruits joining us this week. More about that in a bit! An invaluable member of our sales…

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Solar energy isn’t just for summer

Since 2010 more than 450,000 UK homes have had solar photovoltaic panels fitted. And thanks to the recent summer heatwave, which saw us revel in weeks of glorious sunshine and record temperatures, there’s been something of a surge in solar panel installations and record solar electricity generation. Yes I think we can all agree that we’ve had a pretty good summer this year. July and August provided plenty of glorious sunshine for us to bask in, the latter of which brought…

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Is your home ready for winter?

Okay so we’re the first to admit that it’s a bit weird to be writing about winter when it’s August. After all it’s still technically summer. But with September just a couple of days away we hate to break it to you but winter isn’t far off. Yes it’ll be time to dig out the winter clothes and crank up the central heating before we know it.  So we have to ask: is your home ready for winter? Look we don’t…

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Does your house need rewiring?

Out of sight, out of mind. It’s a well known expression. Unfortunately it seems to be the case for most people when it comes to electricity in their homes. After all, when was the last time you had your electrics checked? 12 months ago? Or was it more like ten, 20 or even 30 years ago? Be honest now; it’s important! Not that we’re trying to apportion blame but the fact is aging and faulty wiring is one of the main…

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Solar panels are the perfect FiT

As a lead generator servicing the solar energy sector, we like to keep abreast of interesting solar industry news. So we were chuffed to bits to learn that the most powerful address in America – that’s the White House, in case you were wondering – is to make the move to renewables by installing solar panels. Back in 2010 President Obama pledged his commitment to environmental issues and gave the go ahead to install panels to provide hot water and…

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Free boilers for pensioners with Government’s boiler grants scheme

Did you know that if you fall into certain groups you might be eligible for a boiler grant as part of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation? With an estimated 2.5 million homes across the UK in the running to get their hands on a new replacement boiler, if you’re a pensioner you may be one of the lucky ones who meet the criteria required to access the boiler grants scheme. We say lucky ones, because it means benefiting from a…

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The Fantastic Four – Rise of Renewable Heating

You’ve heard of Marvels Fantastic Four, right? The world’s premiere superhero team, there’s smarty pants scientist and group leader Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), his wife and second-in-command Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Sue’s hot-headed charismatic brother Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and last but not least muscle man Ben Grimm (The Thing). Formerly four astronauts who gain super powers after a cosmic radiation exposure, the Fantastic Four are one of the greatest fictional superhero teams to ever exist. With their…

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The fabulous fifteen

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… A company called Holmes Media (that’s us, by the way!) set out to put homeowners in touch with Gas Safe heating engineers with the launch of its flagship website, Boiler Guide. Today Holmes Media is the go to place for free boiler quotes and the UK’s leading resource of boiler and central heating professionals. Thanks to a portfolio of niche home improvement and renewable energy websites, our online presence has grown…

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Renewable Heat Incentive hotting up

Things are really heating up in the Holmes Media office. Not only is the weather on fine form (the hottest for seven years in fact!) but we’re starting to see some serious renewed interest in renewable heating technologies, thanks to the Government last week publishing the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs. It’s been a long time coming (almost four years!) but some things are worth waiting for, aren’t they? Renewable heating products, in case you didn’t know, include solar thermal…

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Meager take up of free boiler scheme

They say the best things in life are free and let’s face it we all love freebies. Whether it’s a voucher to get a free chocolate bar, a free hot beverage or a free sample of some amazing new beauty product, the idea of not having to pay for something makes us feel a little bit, well, special. From supermarket coupons to websites where people can claim free stuff, if you do your homework you’ll soon discover that there’s plenty…

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Time to say goodbye

If you’ve been following our recent blog posts you’ll know that as a company Holmes Media is growing. Imagine, if you would, a tiny beanstalk that suddenly sprouts into a giant beanstalk almost overnight. Okay, so we haven’t got any magic beans and we are exaggerating a teeny tiny bit. Oh alright, we’re exaggerating a lot. It’s just that despite the current challenging economy Holmes Media is expanding. To quote M People we’re moving on up! Of course whilst we’ve…

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Top tips for saving energy

Are your energy bills draining your household finances faster than you can blink? Sadly more and more UK households are falling into the fuel poverty trap, struggling to meet the demands of Britain’s shockingly high energy bills. It’s high time we started fighting back by reducing the amount of energy we’re using. There are a few simple solutions. It’s really a case of learning how to embrace energy efficiency by the implementing changes at home to help reduce the amount…

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Annoying work place habits

We have to admit to having a good old chuckle when we came across a recent article about the most annoying habits attributed to office workers. The survey, which took in the opinions of more than 2,000 managers across the UK, certainly got us thinking about our own colleagues and their *cough* irritating little habits. Whether it’s the office gossip who delights in talking about a work mate behind their back, or the person who somehow always manages to miss…

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10 reasons why lead generation is leading the way

Generating fresh new leads is a number one priority for many businesses who rely on a consistent supply of new convertible sales enquiries to help their business grow. It’s one of the reasons why a growing number of firms are turning to experts in the field of lead generation to boost sales and improve revenue. Experts like us, actually. Since bursting onto the scene in 2003 Holmes Media has established itself to be one of the UK’s leading online lead…

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We’re expanding. And not just our waistlines!

It’s been a pretty awesome week here at Holmes Media HQ. What with two birthdays and an engagement the office has been buzzing. Although that might be due to all the cake we’ve been eating! But still, it’s always nice to have something to celebrate. And of course any excuse to eat cake. But the good news doesn’t stop there. Oh no, there’s more! Back in March we announced the arrival of not one, not two but three new staff members in the shape…

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Are you eligible for a free insulation grant?

As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. And it’s a similar story when it comes to finding viable ways to lower our heating bills and reduce household emissions. Take home insulation for example. We reckon insulation gets a pretty bum deal. Constantly overshadowed by the likes of condensing boilers and double glazing, insulation is one of the most cost effective ways to help households cut their energy bills. But it doesn’t get anywhere near enough…

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New website Solar Quotes launched

Did you know that solar photovoltaic panels are the most popular type of renewable energy technology? Energy conscious homeowners looking to cut their energy bills and do their bit for the environment see solar PV panels as the most viable option out there. A dramatic drop in solar panel costs over the last couple of years means that the technology has never been more affordable. For just over £4,000 pounds you can install a 2kWp system, whilst a larger 4kWp…

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Spring into home improvement season

There’s so much to love about spring. Cute lambs frolicking in the fields, daffodils, snowdrops, blue skies, lighter evenings and last but not least some long overdue warmer weather. Yes, spring is definitely one of our favourite times of the year, made even more welcome because as keen do-it-yourself and home improvement enthusiasts, it brings with it the start of home improvement season. Improving rather than moving has fast become the ‘in’ thing for UK households, as more and more…

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What’s the deal with the Green Deal?

Please note: on 23 July 2015 the government announced that it has stopped funding for the Green Deal due to low take up of the scheme and concerns about industry standards. “Hate rising energy costs? Is your boiler burning money? Green Deal with it.” So says the Green Deal advertising campaign, in the shape of a couple of ads which have been popping up in newspapers and on website banners slowly but surely since the Government launched its Green Deal…

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Boiler Grants website launched

Hands up who’d like a brand new boiler? Even better, an energy saving model that could help you save as much as £300 on those pesky energy bills annually? Oh, and did we mention that it’s free? We thought that might get your attention! Thanks to rising energy costs and increasingly cold winter months, people are becoming more and more energy conscious. To help vulnerable households on low incomes and benefits, the Government has introduced the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)….

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2013 – A year of change

For many people the start of a new year can be an exciting time. Giddy with anticipation and hope as thoughts turn to the prospect of what rewarding and challenging adventures might lie ahead, a new year inevitably brings with it change and growth. And we’re no exception. Yes indeed, big changes are upon us. Starting with this very website! We’ve revamped our corporate website to better reflect who we are and what we do. And it was during one…

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