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Renting cold homes: from dissatisfaction to action

Disappointment with the status quo can often instigate action. Our recent research reveals that those who consider themselves to live in mouldy, draughty homes are more likely to take steps to tackle these issues. Similarly, our very latest opinion tracker shows that public support proposed...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 19/09/2014 - 08:45

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Vacuum energy efficiency: After the dust settles…

Media coverage of the EU’s Ecodesign Directive might have had you believe that an end to the manufacture and sale of vacuum cleaners over 1,600W is the end of civilization as we know it. CNN seemed perplexed about the vacuum furore across the pond, and rightly so. What the new legislation,which...

Submitted by Tom Lock on Wed, 17/09/2014 - 08:45

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Wood stakes its claim as green heating option

The domestic arm of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been open for business since spring this year, and several thousand households have already been approved to install green heating technologies under the scheme. Of these, air source heat pumps and solar thermal have been the most popular,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:45

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Energy efficiency is big business

It’s been a long time since energy efficiency and renewable energy was the domain of ‘deep green’ early adopters, but now, there are signs that serious money is starting to get behind it across the globe. In a piece for Guardian Sustainable Business , Chris Hummel from Schneider Electric cites a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 01/09/2014 - 08:45

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Fuel cells could make off-grid mainstream

A new generation of fuel cells might just be the future of stable and reliable energy supplies at home - at least that’s what a number of researchers and big firms think. In June Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute produced a new ceramic fuel cell (which looks a bit like a CD rack) that efficiently...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 13/08/2014 - 08:45

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Energy efficiency - maximising the gains

Friday’s blog asked if we are becoming an enlightened public of energy efficiency experts, finding the answer is a bit of yes and no. Focusing even more intensely on energy efficiency would make a big difference, both to the bills and carbon emissions of households and businesses, but also to the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 23/07/2014 - 08:45

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A taste of life off-grid

The Green Homes Network enables people in Scotland considering energy upgrades to their home, or taking the plunge with a full-scale ‘eco home’, to connect with those who’ve been there and done it. We talked to Network member Russell Quinlan who, with his wife, has built an off-grid log house in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 21/07/2014 - 08:45

21/07/2014

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Are we becoming energy efficiency experts?

Secretary of State Ed Davey recently told delegates at Ecobuild that homes are using a fifth less energy than in 2004. The Carbon Brief took an in-depth look at the claim, and while quibbling a little about whether the headline stat is quite as simple as it seems, as all those working towards green...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/07/2014 - 08:45

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Milestones towards zero carbon homes

Innovation is all about staying ahead of the game - and, just as the idea of the Passivhaus is starting to come to mainstream attention , so begins the buzz about the next wave of energy efficient building - the Active House . It’s about producing more energy on-site; more energy, in fact, than its...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/07/2014 - 08:45

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Words and actions matter in changing energy behaviour

Actions and words can sometimes be seen as mutually exclusive - but in energy and climate-related behaviour change , they’re both important. A recent Yale study has shown that ‘global warming’ strikes more of a chord with people than ‘climate change’ – striking home more of a sense of human...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/06/2014 - 08:45

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