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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Shedding new light on halogen bulb phase-out

• Most halogens off the shelves in Autumn • LEDs the best bet as replacement, says ToptenUK.org • Top tips to make a smooth transition Time’s nearly up for halogen lighting – with all but a few types of the gas-based bulb scheduled for phase-out on 1 September this year. The phase-out was due to be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 14:13

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Making the right motoring choice for you

• Opportunity to consider fuel economy as new plates released • EVs can work for many - but you can also make wiser petrol/diesel choices • Tool highlights most efficient cars by category The latest DVLA vehicle licence plates have just been released – but as well as sleek bodywork, shiny paint...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 02/03/2018 - 17:15

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Going electric, second-hand

• Numbers of used low-carbon vehicles increasing • We offer some tips on what to look out for Since financial incentives to buy ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) such as electric cars began in 2011, there has naturally been an increase in numbers entering the second-hand market. Based on the age...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 28/02/2018 - 13:53

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Is a hybrid vehicle right for me?

Hybrid vehicles have been on the roads since the Toyota Prius was launched in 1997, meaning it’s a mature market for buyers these days. But what exactly might prompt a hybrid purchase? Here, we’ll give you the low-down. First of all, though, it’s important to note that there are several different...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 26/02/2018 - 13:49

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Is an electric car right for me?

With 2018’s new vehicle licence plates set to be launched, many people around the UK may well be thinking about a new car. But is it time to consider plug-in options? It’s important to ask questions when you’re making a purchase – especially one as significant as a car. And if you’re thinking about...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 23/02/2018 - 11:27

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Large vehicles targeted as new clean air measures take hold

• Clean Bus Fund helps local bus fleets curb emissions • Coaches, vans, trucks striving to meet new city standards • Accreditation scheme ensures retrofits up to the job Quality public transport services are a massive part of a low-carbon future – but that’s not to say that there isn’t room for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 21/02/2018 - 15:03

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Getting the best from energy efficient lighting in your hall

• Lighting design expert looks at entrance lighting effects • Low light ok, without big contrasts • Hints and tips on LED light fittings In this final part of this series on getting great aesthetic effects from low-energy lighting such as LEDs, we talk to lighting designer Graham Festenstein about...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 19/02/2018 - 13:51

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Dryer costs tumble as technologies improve

• ToptenUK.org reveals the long-term benefits of best-performing dryers • B and C rated models lag behind heat pump dryers Times are changing for tumble dryers with energy label ratings of B or below. New figures from ToptenUK.org , the best in class home appliances site run by Energy Saving Trust...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 15/02/2018 - 15:53

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Getting the most from energy efficient lighting in your bedroom

• How do you use LED lighting to get a cosy effect? • Lighting design expert explores the options • Lamps and dimmers key We’re taking an in-depth look at the aesthetic side of installing energy efficient lighting such as LEDs in the home. In previous blogs we’ve explored the living room and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:50

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Getting the best from energy efficient lighting in your kitchen and dining area

• Lighting design expert gives top tips for key room • Using light and shadow to create attractive effects • Managing open-plan areas In the third part of our blog series on creating attractive effects using energy efficient lighting with designer Graham Festenstein , we move on to the kitchen and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 13/02/2018 - 16:34

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