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How to Brexit-proof your home heating

Brexiters and Remainers don't seem to agree on much, but both camps seem to concur on just how catastrophically the government has mishandled the exit process. It is looking increasingly unlikely that there is time to do anything about it, and, like Nero while Rome burned, the government seem determined now to do nothing except stick their collective heads in the sand and see what happens. This has made it far more likely that we will 'crash out on no-deal'.

If you think a no-deal Brexit is possible or even probable, it's worth having a read of Richard North's highly-informed blog post, entitled: Brexit: lights out for the UK:

"In the short-term, at the very least, a Single Market in goods, or a "no deal" Brexit would almost certainly lead to power cuts and could, with a very high degree of probability, lead to a collapse in our entire electrical supply system."
Furthermore, even with a deal, he points out, "... in May of this year, the boss of the North Yorkshire Drax Group warned that the increased reliance on European interconnectors could threaten our energy security – and that was without factoring in a "no deal" Brexit... At least, though, Mrs May and her successors will not be troubled by rolling blackouts and cascade failures. Downing Street is supplied by an integrated combined heat and power system located in the basement of the Ministry of Defence building in Whitehall. While us plebs are shivering in our candle-lit, EU-free homes, successive prime ministers will continue to enjoy the warmth and light that only taxpayer pounds can provide."

We don't think this is sensationalist, nor opportunistic for us to point out that installing a wood-burning stove insulates you at least from some of the worst consequences of power loss. Your stove won't go out if the power fails; your central heating will. If you have a good supply of logs, you've got an energy store of a year or so. That's about twelve times better than the government's strategic fuel reserves.

A stove will reliably keep one room warm in your house, and some heat spreads, if allowed through open doors. Some stoves can vent heat to different parts of the building.

If you think this sounds like a good idea, get in touch. There's still time to install a stove pre-Brexit. That way, you could be cosy in the warm glow of the flames, rather than shivering in the dark.