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How to tackle insulation problems

We’ve been encouraging people to insulate their homes for over two decades now, and many millions of homes have been insulated in that time. As with any building work, the quality of installation has varied from house to house, and unfortunately some homes will have had a decidedly substandard job...

Submitted by BrianHorne on Tue, 22/01/2019 - 17:12

22/01/2019

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Green finance: can it support home energy efficiency?

We took a general look at green finance in our last blog . Now, we’re looking more specifically at the role of green finance in funding home retrofit. NB. This article takes a general look at different ways that finance could be used to fund home retrofit. It is not intended as financial advice for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:00

17/01/2019

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Clean air zones open up the electric car market

With more makes and models of pure electric and hybrid vehicles coming on to the market, it’s easier than ever to find the right electric vehicle (EV). The introduction of Clean Air Zones in London in 2019, and in cities across the UK from 2020 onwards presents a powerful motivation to invest in an...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 15/01/2019 - 11:00

15/01/2019

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What is green finance?

They say money makes the world go around. But when it comes to saving the planet, does it really all come down to finance? If we are to successfully transition to a green economy, it’s going to cost and so naturally the issue of how we pay for the transition is a key topic at every level of the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:56

11/01/2019

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Energy ratings: everything you need to know

Energy ratings come in a number of different forms, and while they’re there to help us make sound decisions based on the long-term running costs and greenhouse gas emissions of the products we use, they can sometimes be misunderstood. Here, we give a low-down on labels, and how to get the best out...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 13:10

08/01/2019

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New Year’s Energy Saving Resolutions

Traditionally we start thinking about resolutions as we move into a new year. So we thought of a few energy-saving related resolutions to take us into 2019. According to a YouGov poll of 2,000 people in the US, the most common New Year’s resolutions were to eat more healthily, get more exercise and...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Fri, 28/12/2018 - 00:31

28/12/2018

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Coolproducts, the Restart Project and repairability

‘Single-use’ was named the word of 2018 by Collins dictionary. Certainly, how we see waste has changed, triggered in part by footage of plastic in the sea, in the BBC’s Blue Planet documentary. This week, the EU took action, agreeing new laws to reduce single-use plastics. Plastic bags and non-...

Submitted by StewMuir on Mon, 24/12/2018 - 00:30

24/12/2018

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What kind of energy saver are you?

We’ve all got our own reasons for wanting to save energy. For some people it’s a smart move because it’s a way to save money on bills, for others it’s about protecting the environment by using fewer resources. So what sort of energy saver are you? Take our quiz to find out. NB. not to be taken too...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 20/12/2018 - 11:26

20/12/2018

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WLTP and changes to car fuel consumption labelling

Changes to the emissions test for cars and vans mean we can expect to see more accurate fuel consumption labelling and classification for vehicle taxation purposes. Every vehicle produced by manufacturers has to undergo laboratory testing to determine its fuel consumption and emission levels,...

Submitted by Ian Featherstone on Thu, 13/12/2018 - 00:01

13/12/2018

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Season’s Greetings – wishing you a merry (sustainable) Christmas

The Christmas season is typically described as one of excess, but it doesn’t have to literally cost the Earth. We take a look at some ideas to make your Christmas more environmentally and pocket friendly. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Around 8 million real Christmas trees are bought every...

Submitted by Bethany Picton on Tue, 11/12/2018 - 00:00

11/12/2018

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