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The best of 2014

A look at our most popular blogs this year reveals that our readers are seeking solutions to chilly rented homes. Meanwhile. a piece on Scottish renewable policy from 2011 also saw a renaissance in the year of the independence referendum.

Here’s our top ten run-blogs published this year:

10. More district heating in the pipeline 

Community-based heating solutions that use waste heat economically seem a win-win situation – and there is huge potential to be tapped, as European politicians pointed out.

9. Milestones towards zero carbon homes 

Getting more basic insulation sorted in millions of homes is the current priority – but there’s no harm in looking to the future. The idea of the net energy-producing ‘active house’ is an intriguing one – and a YouTube video illustrated just how this super energy efficiency might shape up.

8.Huge potential for communities to get on the grid 

Bringing energy closer to home is an appealing idea and one climbing the policy agenda, so it was no surprise that our report of the new Community Energy Strategy got 2014’s reading off to a good start.

7. Fuel cells could make off-grid mainstream 

A CD rack-like super efficient fuel cell that could power your home? Yes please. Though there might be a little time to wait before this is the norm.

6. Can fun theory change the way we tackle energy use? 

A good question tackled well by our Scottish blogger, who looked at fun methods of behaviour change from bottle bank arcade machines, to ‘challenge your friends’ fuel efficient driving.

5. Can a man who can’t put up a shelf build a house? 

Energy Saving Trust Communications Head Jules is enjoying the highs and lows of building a more future-proof property from scratch, but wonders why Britons are lagging behind in doing the same.

4. Passivhaus boasts impressive results 

Following neatly from the last blog in the countdown, it’s those super-efficient houses again. Blogs for the sustainably-minded Grand Designs crowd seem to be a big hit.

3. The future of LED lighting gets brighter 

Companies have cottoned on to the benefits of LEDs more than householders up to now. But the benefits keep on stacking up.

2. New pylon design hits UK shores 

Blogs about the process behind making design modifications to our electricity pylons have been a surprise hit over the last couple of years. News that the new Danish T-design is about to be trialed on British shores for the first time further piqued interest.

1. The UK has draughty homes with lots of appliances and a desire for renewables

The results from our own UK Pulse Tracker  makes the top spot. The title gives big clues as to the content – and our infographic highlights where savings can be made in our homes.

Thanks for reading, and merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the Energy Saving Trust blog team.

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 magazines and journals.

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