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2014: A green policy round-up

2014 may be remembered as the year when international debate on climate targets gave way to what looks like broad agreement . Certainly in Europe, more common ground has been found than ever. The green year in England has not been so turbulent by the standards of the sector, but it has still much...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:20

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Have yourself a merry lower-carbon Christmas

Christmas is all about excess – eating too much, drinking too much, spending too much and, let’s face it, wasting too much. And thinking green at this time of year can be tricky. However, by following a few simple tips it doesn't have to be such an expensive time for the pocket or the environment...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Tue, 16/12/2014 - 09:00

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Heat is on over technology targets

The WWF has called on the UK Government to put its weight behind green heating. In the Warm homes, not warm words report, the campaign group has put forward a case for the Committee on Climate Change’s ambitious low carbon heating recommendations to be viewed as a realistic proposition. It calls...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 15/12/2014 - 09:20

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Certified savings should mean more for mortgages

Mortgage lenders are using generalised assumptions on energy bills and should consider a property’s actual EPC rating when considering mortgage affordability and lending. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Wales Low / Zero Carbon Hub. The...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 01/12/2014 - 08:45

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Scotland takes lead in renewable heat

When you live in an area without mains gas, options for heating your home are limited, especially when taking efficiency into account. Being able to heat your home and hot water without taking a large financial hit is a concern for many in rural areas or inaccessible places. With no access to mains...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 27/11/2014 - 09:00

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Energy Performance Certificates - the Dutch model

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach – by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:00

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Sustainability on academic agenda

Attitudes to sustainability in academia are changing fast - and what’s more, it’s leading to definitive and diverse action on University campuses. Following the example of some high-profile higher education establishments internationally, Glasgow University is the first in the UK to sell its...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 29/10/2014 - 08:45

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Why Big Energy Saving Week is important: Age UK

In this guest blog, Age UK external affairs advisor, Mervyn Kohler, explains the importance of Big Energy Saving Week in helping everyone save energy. On the evidence of a handful of recent conversations with older people’s groups, the significance of the simplification of energy tariffs and the...

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How to shop around for your energy needs

In this guest blog, Chief Executive of energy regulator Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, explains the importance of shopping around for better energy tariffs as part of Big Energy Saving Week. We shop and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think about doing this when it comes to our...

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British households could save £1.7bn a year

British households could save £1.7bn a year by switching appliances off standby, new research from the Energy Saving Trust has found. In the countdown to next week’s Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Wed, 15/10/2014 - 10:40

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