The media recently covered a renewables story that certainly caught the eye – ambulances being fitted with solar PV panels to power on-board equipment like defibrillators, satellite navigation and communications systems.
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The data we’ve amassed over the years from a myriad of sources is generally seen as a means to an end: to help individuals, communities, utilities and local authorities make the right decisions where they are, in terms of carbon and cost-effectiveness.
So it was quite unusual to see it as an end in itself recently. Our I.T. systems were up for a gong at the Data Centre Solutions Awards alongside our partners CohesiveFT, specifically ‘Public Cloud Project of the Year’.
Energy efficiency has unfairly been known to attract the reputation of being the ‘dull end’ of green options available, but finding ways to use less in the first place is the quickest way to achieve big savings, whether that’s measured in carbon or money.
Despite the slow-burning incentive to use less, it could be argued that an additional and immediate incentive might very well get more people on board - as with any noble aim that requires a bit of effort.
While some will be disappointed that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has yet to kick off for householders, there’s no doubt that there’s been lots of movement to keep things interesting where the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) voucher scheme is concerned.
One glance at Ofgem’s latest Feed-in Tariff (FIT) statistics will tell you that as incentives go, FITs have had a significant impact in terms of getting solar energy established in a country where complaining about the weather is a national sport.
Rising rents mean times are tough for the tenant. And things can be made worse when massive energy bills are dropping on the mat, too.
Our survey at the start of this year showed that private renters have a desire to get green measures in their homes – but are the least likely to be actually benefitting from them.
We recently took a tour of public lighting options here on the blog, including Paris’s somewhat controversial plan to dim the city of lights at certain points in the early morning. It also touched on LED street lighting, including Los Angeles’ major efforts on this front.
Finding people can be costly, it seems. Certainly you can get that impression from the latest news on the Government’s ECO scheme, which aims to support thousands of households on lower incomes with energy efficiency, and install those tricky measures that don’t meet the Green Deal’s ‘golden rule.’
It’s a home Jim, but not as we know it. Imagine owning a fridge which identifies your consumption habits and pre-populates a supermarket food order before asking you to sign and send off for delivery.
We know from experience that social landlords across the UK are doing their bit to get involved in making strides towards more comfortable, cheaper to run and lower-carbon homes for their residents. Obviously it has to be right for the people living in the homes that work needs doing on, and as pertinently as ever, it has to make economic sense.