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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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Products and technology Topten UK Black Friday

Save money, save energy: Getting more from Black Friday

• Save more with energy efficiency this Black Friday • Topten UK identifies products with long-term savings • Ecodesign is pushing market forward People fighting in stores over massive TVs tend to grab the headlines on Black Friday – but this time around, you might want to think longer term as you...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 24/11/2016 - 14:52



Products and technology electronics domestic energy use

Televisions remain the electricity glutton of the home

• Electricity use of TVs represents half of all electronics • Get efficient models - don't compromise on features • Heating remains by far the biggest home energy use Our thirst for tablets, laptops and other games consoles seems unquenchable – but you may be surprised to learn that TVs, including...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 21/11/2016 - 16:02



Green strategy and politics International Local and community energy Cities energy

5 lesser-known cities taking sustainability seriously

Zurich has just been announced as the world's most sustainable city based on a number of environmental, social and financial considerations, while Ljubljana, with its impressive public transport infrastructure and noble waste objectives, is the current European Green Capital . But which are the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/11/2016 - 15:18



Energy and water efficiency at home energy efficiency mortgage

The 'green' mortgage message is spreading

Good ideas tend to spread fast – and this seems to be the case with the concept of bringing energy efficiency to the heart of mortgages. Earlier this year we looked at how LENDERS , a project involving Energy Saving Trust, BRE, Nationwide and others, is looking to find ways to bring accurate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/11/2016 - 16:23



Transport Fleet Heroes transport

Fleet Hero Awards 2016 – Shortlist announced

Private hire firms, emergency services and even a phone company are among the contenders for this year's Fleet Hero Awards . The awards shortlist has been finalised; with experts whittling down scores of high quality entries from around the UK. Reducing fuel bills and emissions, as ever, are at the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/11/2016 - 11:34



Products and technology data centres energy energy demand

Firms take action as data bytes at energy demand

The digital world is growing at a remarkably fast rate – the amount of bytes is doubling every two years . With this comes a significant energy concern. Data centres in the US alone are set to consumer electricity roughly the equivalent of 50 large power plants by 2020. Luckily, some of the biggest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 08/11/2016 - 16:49



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

Brits choosing big brands over best deals on energy

A fear of the unfamiliar could be costing energy bill payers. The results of the latest Big Energy Saving Week survey show nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of those polled saying they wouldn't switch to a supplier they hadn't heard of. It's not just that – they wouldn't switch even if they...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Sun, 06/11/2016 - 14:00



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



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



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