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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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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

28/02/2018

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Transport hybrid electric car electric cars efficient transport car choices

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

26/02/2018

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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

23/02/2018

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Transport Clean air buses retrofit local authorities

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

21/02/2018

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Lighting LED lighting LED energy efficient lighting energy efficiency lighting series

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

19/02/2018

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Energy and water efficiency at home energy efficiency energy efficient appliances energy-saving appliances

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

15/02/2018

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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

14/02/2018

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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

13/02/2018

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Transport Retrofitting efficient transport transport

Cleaning up bus emissions in Scotland

Scotland is taking concerted action on air pollution – and Energy Saving Trust Scotland is playing its part by administering a £1.6million Scottish Government scheme to install low-emissions upgrades on existing buses. Bus operators with routes in the country’s key areas for monitoring air...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/02/2018 - 15:02

12/02/2018

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2018: A community energy fightback?

• Policy changes hit local schemes - but it's far from the end • National energy changes bring local opportunites • Community Energy England CEO lays out the challenge ahead In recent years, community energy seems to have been teetering on the brink of a breakthrough into the UK energy mainstream...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:14

08/02/2018

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