Experienced gas, oil, electrical and renewable-energy engineering services.
Central heating, air conditioning, solar panels, heat pumps & biomass solutions.
Welcome to blueflame.co.uk
An experienced and local company
Since 1987, Colchester based Blueflame Services have been providing energy saving solutions for customers across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. From a simple boiler replacement to a complex commercial installation, our experienced team of engineers will ensure the work at your property is completed with the minimum of fuss and the maximum attention to even the smallest detail.
Industry and customer awareness
Although the UK has one of the lowest energy costs in Europe, all of us are paying more for our electricity, gas and oil each year. At Blueflame we are always looking at ways of controlling the amount of energy our customers use, and design and install systems that work most efficiently in homes and commercial properties. And, because we keep up-to-date with industry innovations and renewable energy technologies, our customers will always benefit from the latest available developments.
Advanced industry accreditation and qualification
Blueflame are proud of their professional and fully affiliated team of qualified managers and engineers. The company maintains both accreditation and developing qualification with the following professional bodies.
Some accreditations awarded are not solely achieved directly with the organisations, but further independent assessment too. Such rigourous membership ensures that Blueflame have to demonstrate consistent delivery of technical competency at high level, plus customer satisfaction in an efficient manner. This requires Blueflame to subsequently have effective management systems, teamwork and a competent workforce at all levels in place and at all times - whilst continually striving to improve their processes and services. too.
The blueflame ethos
When British Gas engineers Kevin Bull and Tony Schatten established Blue Flame (Colchester) Limited in 1987, their vision was a very simple one: to do the best job at a fair price. Their open and honest approach to running the business, coupled with their dedication to providing a truly value-for-money service, has proven to be a successful one and their vision is still going strong.
There are now 40 of us at Blueflame and we are all qualified engineers (with the exception of our office support staff) and in this the company is unique. Whether you need a small domestic repair, or a large commercial installation you’ll only deal with a specialist, there are no salesmen or saleswomen.
Experience is important to us, but so is investing in young people who are interested in our industry. We run an apprenticeship scheme to help them develop their skills, realise their potential and embark on their career.
And we’re always learning too; we place a lot of importance on training to ensure we know everything there is to know about new products, services, systems and schemes. The only thing that never changes is our commitment to high standards and customer satisfaction.
Efficient Energy Solutions
Domestic energy and efficiency solutions
Blueflame are experienced and qualified to work with gas, electric, oil and renewable energy, and with a team of carpenters and builders to support us, we can work in every room in your house if that’s what you need.
We provide a comprehensive range of services and we can install, maintain or repair your heating and hot water systems, and it’s all done with economy and efficiency in mind.
Our services include:
Heating your home without spending a fortune on your energy bill is a challenge we all face these days, and boilers account for around 55% of that bill.
Replacing an old gas boiler with an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler and upgrading your heating controls, including thermostatic radiator valves, could save you as much as £310 a year. If a new boiler isn’t the plan for now, then you should make sure yours is serviced regularly as an inefficient boiler wastes money.
Check your radiators too. If they are becoming slow to heat up, have cold spots or are making a knocking sound, there could be a blockage and their efficiency could be reduced by as much as 15%. The blockage is usually caused by sludge and scale which can sometimes build up in the radiators of older heating systems, preventing the water from successfully circulating. This can be removed by a flushing process (usually known as a Powerflush); chemical inhibitors are added to prevent sludge and scale reforming and slowing down the rate of corrosion. With your radiators working more efficiently, you’ll save even more money on your energy bills.
Hot water systems
Your boiler’s working hard 24/7, but it’s important that all that hard work isn’t lost by having a poorly insulated hot water cylinder. Properly insulated cylinders prevent heat escaping, keeping your hot water at the right temperature for longer, so it’s there when you need it. Upgrading your hot water cylinder can save you around £45 a year.
Unvented hot water cylinders are now the most popular option for new hot water systems. As they are fed directly from the mains water supply, the hot water flow rate is excellent and is delivered at mains pressure to every tap and showerhead in the home.
Vented cylinders are connected by a pipe to the cold water tank, usually in the loft, and often need a pump to boost the flow rate around the property. The pump uses electricity, and may prove an expensive alternative to an unvented cylinder.
Blueflame’s team of electrical engineers can handle any electrical requirement both inside and outside the home. Literally no job is too small, from adding another light switch or outdoor plug socket, to installing underfloor heating and rewiring a property, we do it all.
We also carry out electrical test inspections, diagnostics and fault finding on electrical systems. And our work meets British Standard BS 7671 (IEE wiring regulations) for electrical installations.
Our electrical services include:
Renewable Energy Solutions
Renewable energy solutions
Blueflame specialise in the design, installation and commissioning of solar thermal, solar PV, air source heat pumps and biomass boilers.
Blueflame are certified to instal renewable energy systems under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) a quality assurance standard backed by the UK Government. Only by using an MCS approved installer will you qualify for any Government incentive.
The energy we use in our homes is responsible for a quarter of our total carbon dioxide emissions - more than either transport or industry - and the cost of that energy keeps rising, making our utility bills a major household expense. Renewable energy, on the other hand, is not only cheaper, it helps lower harmful emissions too. Thanks to UK Government incentives, such as the Feed-in Tariffs scheme (FITs) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), using renewable energy technologies can also earn you a tax-free index-linked income, so you can lower your bills and makes some money.
Solar thermal panel systems
Solar water heating systems
Solar water heating systems, or solar thermal panels, use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater can be used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable. A well designed system can provide your household with 60% of your hot water needs.
Also by using an approved company such as Blueflame - who also use approved 'microgeneration' technologies you will qualify for the UK Government Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.
Solar photo-voltaic panel systems
Solar electricity generation systems
Solar PV panel systems convert the daylight hitting the panels on your roof into electricity, to power your appliances during the day. By using a solar electricity panel system you’ll also be paid for all the electricity that you generate under the UK Government Feed-in Tariffs Scheme (FITs)
With its excellent return on investment, solar PV has captured the nation’s imagination and many householders have been taking advantage of these systems. As long as your property has a south, east or west facing roof, your solar panels will generate electricity during daylight hours. Your energy provider will pay you for the electricity generated for a period of 20 years; this payment is tax-free and index-linked and, if you don’t use it all, it’s exported back into the National Grid and you get paid even more.
Renewable energy heating from the air or earth
There are three kinds of heat pump: air-to-air, air-to-water and ground source.
The most commonly used heat pumps are air-to-water as they are simple to install and require little maintenance. They are an economical replacement to oil fired, coal and electric central heating, and a boon if you don’t have mains gas. And, as you won’t need a boiler, it frees up space in the home too. (Although electricity is needed to power the pump, extracting the heat from the outside air, a limitless renewable resource, even in temperatures as low as -15°C, far outweighs the cost of the electricity.) Ground source heat pumps are the most energy efficient but, due to the cost and complexity of installation, are better suited to new build.
Not only will a heat pump reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint, domestic installations of both air-to-water and ground source heat pumps are eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments
Heating from renewable natural materials
Biomass is the biological material produced from living or recently living organisms like trees, animals and waste and this material can be used as fuel. A biomass boiler, burning wood pellets or logs, provides a safe and environmentally sound heating solution whether you want to heat your home or a large industrial facility. And, as burning biomass emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as was absorbed by the plants while growing, it’s carbon neutral.
It’s economical too as the cost of the fuel is much lower than that of coal, gas or oil. In fact a biomass boiler could save you nearly £600 a year on energy bills when compared to an electric heating system. For properties in rural or off-mains gas areas, it’s the most cost-efficient form of heating there is.
Biomass is eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments
Landlord maintenance services
Blueflame works with landlords to maintain properties by undertaking essential servicing and repairs to electrical, heating, hot water and renewable energy systems. Not only does this help you fulfil your legal responsibilities, it also extends the life of those systems and keeps running costs down, which benefits both landlord and tenant.
Safety is of paramount importance and we carry out all the annual gas and electrical safety checks to ensure:
We provide a comprehensive design, installation and commissioning service to SMEs, leisure facilities, care homes, sheltered accommodation, local authorities and industry. We understand that our clients want peace of mind and they know, should there be a mechanical failure, we will be able to resolve the situation with minimal disruption, seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
It can also be complex, expensive and a headache to arrange, but it doesn’t have to be. At Blueflame you have one dedicated point of contact and our qualified engineers will conduct all regulatory tests on your essential systems. This is cost-effective for you and safeguards your Duty of Care obligation too.
We take care of your mechanical and electrical servicing, and can provide a maintenance schedule – tailored to your specific requirements – that ensures you are fully compliant at all times.
Our accredited engineers are able to perform both visual and electrical tests to BS 7617:2008 and the amended IEE Wiring Regulations.
We will also check that all appliances comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Our Gas Safe Registered engineers offer a range of services to make sure all types of gas burning equipment comply with Gas Safety (installation and use) Regulations 1989, and will provide gas safety certificates on successful completion of the inspection.
Should you have a problem we can provide a priority call-out seven days a week; our call- centre operates 24/7.
We service air-conditioning and ventilation systems to help you maintain a comfortable working environment throughout the year.
Regular maintenance wil also extend product life, increase energy efficiency and help to keep recirculated air clean and free from bacteria
The maintenance and operation of water storage systems is a specialised task. To ensure water supply quality and safety. our engineers provide planned on-site servicing as well as emergency break down cover
If you are considering contacting Blueflame for your heating or renewable energy solutions for your home or business, it’s only natural that you would want to learn from the experiences of others with whom we have dealt. Below are a few case studies to freely read.