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A Look at the Energy Crisis


On a global scale, oil is the world’s most important commodity.This means that each country that has the largest supply of oil, has a large influence over the world. The supply of oil in the world market has an impact on its price, and these fluctuations affect consumers, especially if your country uses a lot of oil, such as the U.S.


Furthermore, oil has a lot to do with the price of commodities and services. Oil is used to power the vessels it takes to bring products across the world. Therefore, the shipping industry needs to keep a close eye on oil prices. When fuel prices are low, it’s a great time for oceanic travel. The cost is low and earnings go up. But, when oil prices soar the opposite happens. Fuel costs represent 50-60% of the total shipping costs. So, when these costs rise it has a massive effect on the shipping industry. 


Currently, oil prices are rising because of a high demand in Europe. Meaning retailers are paying more than they would for the same amount of energy. This is leading to retailers having to raise prices to meet their profit margins; or take a profit cut.

Natural Gases

When it comes to natural gas storage, the UK is running low. The way that the UK gets its energy is not very diverse; this means when there is a low level, we tap for more in the North Sea. The problem with that is supplies are running low now. Leaving the UK in a hard situation.  


As natural gas fields become lower on supplies we have to turn to other sources of power. Unfortunately, coal plants are uneconomical and nuclear energy is out of fashion. Meaning the European market is left reliant on intermittent renewables and natural gas.

Oil and gas correlation:

One reason for these and other price fluctuations is the price of oil. The price of oil affects individual spending choices. It forces companies to make difficult decisions. It can even change relations between countries. Oil is perhaps the world’s most important natural resource and impacts the daily lives of people worldwide.

Natural gas is a byproduct of drilling for oil, so you would expect the two markets to work similarly. The truth is far from that, they work as totally independent commodities which are subject to different forces. Therefore, you can’t say when one raises in price, the other will. But what is happening right now is that. Natural gas prices are rising because of low supply and oil is rising because of the post pandemic energy boom.

For us

All of these price increases in energy are having a knock effect on us as a company. We are a business that imports products and ships products. This is why we have had to raise our prices previously and why we are under strain to get stock into the UK. Nevertheless, we work tirelessly to find new and innovative ways to get our stock into us and back out to you. We stay committed and passionate about what we do. We appreciate all the continued custom from you and we look forward to continued growth in the future.

For more information on how we are dealing with shipment and energy prices, feel free to call us (0113 390 8800), email at or come into our showroom.

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Porcelain Tiles and Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating (UFH) uses radiant heat technology to gently warm the people and objects in the room directly. It works from the ground up, facilitating a much more energy efficient heating system. 


There are two types of UFH; electric and water. Water systems run hot water through pipes laid under the flooring. Electric heats wiring beneath the floor to generate the heat.

Traditional radiators need to be heated to 65° in order to heat up the room. Compared to underfloor heating, which needs to run at around 29°, this means the UFH runs effectively; keeping your energy bills down. 


Continuing, radiators produce ‘cold spots’ which create chill in the middle of the room. UFH provides radiant heat from the floor up, throughout the whole room; avoiding these ‘cold spots’ and allowing the room to be warm throughout.

A key benefit of underfloor heating is that once it is installed, the whole system  requires little to no maintenance. They should also be all controlled by a system-dedicated thermostat which allows you to control the whole heating system functionally and instantly. 


Other things to think about when choosing UFH is installation time and cost. It will usually take 1-2 days to install and a labourer will cost you around £200-300 a day. You will also need to hire an electrician to connect the system. All of these raise your initial costs to begin with, but UFH is cheaper to run long term compared to radiators. 


Wet systems are more expensive to install but cheaper to run. Electric systems are cheaper to lay but are more expensive to run. Meaning the two systems have their good sides and bad; it really is personal preference.

Why are Porcelain Tiles Suitable for Underfloor Heating

Because of the properties of porcelain tiles, they conduct heat evenly and efficiently throughout the space, allowing your UFH system to work to the best of its ability. 

As long as your floor is level and you have an adequate sub-floor, it is very easy to install any type of tile on top of your underfloor heating system.

Underfloor Heating at Tiles for Ever

Here at Tiles For Ever we sell ‘Warm Toes’ UFH. This system is electric and controlled by a voice controlled thermostat. It only adds 3mm to the floor depth which allows it to be applied to the majority of jobs. When purchased it comes on a sicky matt which allows the installer to just roll it onto the surface.

For more information on how we are dealing with the freight crisis, feel free to call us (0113 390 8800), email at or come into our showroom.  


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