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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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Transport Scotland electric vehicles

Electrifying low carbon vehicle support for Scotland

A bit of financial help can make a lot of difference when considering greener options. This is proven by the fact that half of a £7.8million interest-free loan fund to support the purchase of electric vehicles in Scotland has already gone. Perhaps the benefits of a monetary incentive are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/11/2016 - 14:32

02/11/2016

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Energy and water efficiency at home Big Energy Saving Week domestic energy efficiency energy bills; energy saving

Brits are ignoring an easy way to save cash

Official figures say switching energy supplier can save £300 – but it seems that British people are looking at more extreme and time-consuming options to save up that sort of cash instead. In a survey of nearly 2,500 bill payers for Big Energy Saving Week , a fifth said they'd turn to credit cards...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 31/10/2016 - 09:58

31/10/2016

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Energy and water efficiency at home Big Energy Saving Week saving money

Get a better energy deal: switch off energy autopilot

We hate to break it to you—but if you think you're on the cheapest energy tariff, chances are you're probably wrong. Our Big Energy Saving Week survey has revealed that 60 per cent of Brits reckon what we've got it as good as it gets when it comes to the tariff we're on. But last year, over 13...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 27/10/2016 - 15:38

27/10/2016

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International Scotland Renewable heat

Getting warmer – and 'greener' – in Scotland

Good news in Scotland, where new Scottish Government figures , compiled by Energy Saving Trust, show renewable heat on the up. 2015 marked the highest annual increase in renewable heat output since records began in 2008 – over 1,100GWh. Assistant Data Insight Manager Fiona Flynn, who compiled the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/10/2016 - 14:16

21/10/2016

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Green strategy and politics Policy fuel poverty

The stark challenge of fuel poverty

• Official government advisory group identifies funding shortfall on quest to improve homes – report • Energy efficiency as infrastructure priority acknowledged • More resource and better targeting needed The Committee on Fuel Poverty has published its first report – spelling out what needs to be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/10/2016 - 15:38

19/10/2016

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International Energy use toys plastic

Playtime going 'green' as toy giants clean up their act

LEGO is looking to build its sustainability credentials further, after achieving an 11.5 per cent reduction in energy use since 2013. It's a story of triumph over adversity – or at very least decidedly unpromising beginnings. Setting itself a 10 per cent target three years ago, it only managed 0.4...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 18/10/2016 - 14:50

18/10/2016

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Energy and water efficiency at home domestic energy efficiency energy bills; energy saving Big Energy Saving Week

Energy advice: 6 need-to-know tips to help you save money this Big Energy Saving Week

Small bits of energy saving advice add up. That's the message this Big Energy Saving Week . Energy Saving Trust have six top tips that could collectively save householders in the UK a cool £1.4billion. Energy Saving Trust Analyst, Aled Stephens, explained the logic behind the advice: “Switching...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 14/10/2016 - 11:23

14/10/2016

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International innovation plastic

10 fantastic innovations in the war on plastic

The war on plastic has begun in earnest. With critics citing waste, the pollution caused during disposal, and the energy used to create and mould the compounds into the forms we know so well, new ways of tackling our addiction to plastic are being conceived. France has taken the legal route – with...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 15:25

10/10/2016

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Green strategy and politics ECCC renewables

Cleaning up heating and transport central to hitting renewable targets

• Heat and fuels lag behind green electricity efforts • MPs warn that clean energy targets will be missed without new focus • New public awareness push needed – Philip Sellwood While the UK is on track to meet its obligations on renewable electricity generation, it is risking failure on heat and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 30/09/2016 - 14:49

30/09/2016

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Lighting energy efficient lighting LED lighting

Turning the spotlight on halogens

• Halogen spotlights latest to be phased out • LEDs begin to dominate market • What next for lighting in the UK? The latest leg of the EU's lightbulb phase-out spells the death knell toll for halogen spotlights. Project Manager Stewart Muir (pictured) explains the ins and outs of the change – and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 16/09/2016 - 16:13

16/09/2016

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