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  • Sinem Sari
    Published July 23, 2020 -3min-   Circular economy, energy efficiency, energy transition, green recovery and so on… These are concepts we regularly hear about those days. Climate change causes a lot of concern all around the world and world leaders look at the issue very closely. The European Union especially attaches great importance to ensuring a sustainable future. To do so, it implemented various strategies with the aim of becoming the first carbon neutral continent by 2050. The use of energy is a particular point that Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published July 16, 2020   It is common knowledge now that carbon emissions hurt the world. However, a lot of humankind actions emit carbon. The European Union commits to become the first carbon free continent by 2050, as expressed in the European Green Deal plan which we already cover in our blog. To do so, the EU encourages countries and businesses to reduce their emissions by going for cleaner energies, working on energy efficiency and any other environmental-friendly solution. Why do they insist on businesses? According Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published July 9, 2020 -2min- Temperatures are rising since a few weeks, as summer has ticked now. This means that the heating period is over in Europe. Do you know how and why to set up your boiler to the summer mode? Let’s have a quick look! Before giving you some tips, it is essential to remind that a boiler does not take into account the seasons or the external temperatures. Indeed, a boiler works as you set the thermostat up: it will start running when Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published July 2, 2020 -3min-   Practical information on air source heat pumps What? A heat pump is an old and very reliable technology. It consists of a compressor an expander and heat exchangers. In short, a heat pump is an electrical device which provides you with: 1. Warmth, in winter by extracting heat from the outside air and by transferring the heat into the home. 2. Coolness, in summer by reversing the process, extracting heat from the air inside and transferring it to the outside. Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published June 25, 2020 -3min-   Energy Efficiency As we exposed in a previous article, buildings are one of the biggest energy consumers in the EU area. They are reported to consume 40% of the total final energy consumption and emit 36% of CO2. The EU Commission reports that, at present, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient. This is why it is urgent to optimise energy consumption of our buildings as Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published June 18, 2020 -2min- There are lots of types of valves in the industrial sector, but the one that interests us is the three-way valve (3WV) which is an essential component of your boiler. As you may know a 3 way-valve controls the flow of three separate fluid lines. It is a T-shaped valve which function is to gather the 3 pipes of the water circuit. The first pipe feeds the heat exchanger for the domestic hot water, the one you use when you take Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published June 4, 2020 -2min- Now more than ever, the importance of digitalisation must be underlined, especially after a worldwide crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The world literally switched to teleworking after the orders of quarantine. This required trainings for a lot of people who were not used to work remotely; companies, schools, universities, governments, everyone had to adapt their way of working. Today, we can agree on the fact that the Internet plays an essential role in our lives. Some people, such as Ephrat Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published May 21, 2020 -3 min-   The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Energy Sector Since the outbreak of COVID-19, life has changed at many levels: children have stopped going to school, some office employees have started to work from home while others kept going to their workplace taking the necessary precautions… Governments, – worldwide -, have taken strict measures to protect their citizens. This virus not only changed our daily life, impacted our health, but it has also brought us to an economical crisis. Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published May 14, 2020 -3min- Practical information Cogeneration, cogen unit or combined heat and power (CHP) What?            A cogeneration produces simultaneously heat and electricity[1] Why?        The generation of heat and electricity at the same time by a single unit with one fuel is more efficient and cost-effective than using for heating and electricity from the grid. Where?         Cogen can be used everywhere and by everyone from households to large industrial complexes When?           Anytime How?              Cogeneration should start first and Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published May 7, 2020 -2min-   It is widely known that energy efficiency is one of European Union’s priorities. In 2012, the EU took measures in order to reduce energy consumption by 20%[1] by 2020. An official statement about the achievement of this target has not been found out yet by bcheck, we will track any further information about it and communicate it to our blog readers as soon as possible. Now that we are in 2020, EU targets to reduce it by 40% by 2030! Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published April 30, 2020 -3min-   You have probably already heard about the “European Green Deal” and “Circular Economy”, don’t you? As it’s important to keep them in mind, let’s have a quick look at these two concepts again. The European Green Deal: a reminder Our planet Earth has been given us signals for years to start protecting our environment and giving weight to climate change issues. The European Green Deal introduced on the 19th of December 2019 is EU’s new growth strategy aiming at becoming Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published April 23, 2020 -2 min-   A month ago, we published an article about the mandatory PLAGE program in Brussels gathering all information property portfolio owners, big companies, associations, federal authorities and public authorities need to know to comply with this obligation and work for a sustainable future. As a reminder, this program, planned to be accomplished over 3 years, became mandatory since the 1st of July 2019 in Belgium capital city with the launch of the program’s first stage. This plan aims at reducing greenhouse Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published April 16, 2020 -2 min-   If you read bcheck’s articles on a regular basis, then you will probably agree that it is important to consider lowering heating consumption and even better actually do it! Did you know that you could save energy by properly setting up your thermostat? Here are 6 tips to set it up correctly: 1. The ideal temperatures at home are the following: Living room: 21°C Kitchen – dining room: 18-19°C Bedrooms: 16-17°C Bathroom: 20-22°C Hallway – corridors – WC: 16-17°C Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published April 9, 2020 -2min-   Home heating plays a significant role in climate change and we all know that European countries need to tackle this issue in order to meet their climate change targets. Let’s have a look at (or remember) the following facts from Eurostat*: Households represented 27 % of final energy consumption in 2017 in the EU. Natural gas accounted for 36 % of the EU final energy consumption in households. The main use of energy by households in the EU in 2017 was for Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published April 2, 2020 -2min- First of all, do you know the difference between periodic control and maintenance? Well, the maintenance of your individual boiler or central heating system consists in a deep cleaning of the combustion area of the heat generator. Whereas, periodic control consists in checking up the proper operation of the installation. What you should keep in mind: In Belgium The maintenance of boilers is not mandatory. The periodic control is mandatory by law*.   But why is it that important to maintain Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published March 26, 2020 -2min- Did you know that reducing your energy consumption will bring you many benefits such as reducing your bills, saving money and protecting the climate as less energy consumption means less carbon emissions?! Over the past few years, a lot of information has circulated regarding actions about reducing households’ energy consumption, and yet, by analysing the collected data by bcheck, we have realised that there are still significant differences between households heating behaviours. For example, some houses use their boiler continuously during Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published March 19, 2020 -1'30''- Even if there are several types of individual gas boilers on the market, most boiler failures are more or less the same. We will now have a look on the most common*:     Situation 1: If your boiler leaks, the following reasons might be linked to it:   Low water pressure   Sealing problems   Situation 2: If you don’t have hot water or no water at all, this can be the result of: The presence of an airlock in Read More
  • Sinem Sari
    Published March 12, 2020 -2min- What does PLAGE mean? Everyone knows that climate change is a serious global concern. Brussels shows its dedication in this fight by taking serious measures towards a sustainable future due to the growing threat of global warming. One of its actions is called PLAGE and stands for Plan Local d’Action pour la Gestion Énergétique in French and Plan voor Lokale Actie voor het Gebruik van Energie in Dutch, – set up by Brussels Environment. This program became mandatory since the 1st Read More