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Maintaining the UK's solar success story

The government has suggested that solar PV could well provide four per cent of UK energy needs by the end of the decade; a far cry from the days where solar was considered a niche vocation of those living off-grid. But getting the balance right is still important. While big brands have the capital...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 07/04/2015 - 14:39

07/04/2015

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Energy and water efficiency at home data Q&A

Energy savings stats update: Q&A with data insight expert Greg Shreeve

Every year, Energy Saving Trust savings data are updated. We publish how much money and carbon can be saved in the home across a range of things like insulating your home to buying the most efficient TVs. The latest figures have just been published. We spoke to Insight Manager Greg Shreeve to get...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 30/03/2015 - 13:44

30/03/2015

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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

20/11/2014

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How your toilet can generate electricity

The At Home with Water report revealed that we flush enough water to fill 300,000 olympic-sized swimming pools down the toilet in the UK every year – the second biggest use of water in the home after taking a shower. There are ways you can mitigate this by changing behaviour and by using water...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 20/06/2014 - 08:45

20/06/2014

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Passivhaus boasts impressive results

The BBC’s Inside Out programme recently took a visit to what is the UK’s largest Passivhaus development, near Saffron Walden in rural Essex. This kind of coverage is great news, as it raises the profile of the super energy-efficient building technique that may have a greater up-front cost, but has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:45

24/02/2014

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Making scamming a waste of energy

Every once in a while we see a certain kind of local news story, and our collective heart sinks. It’s the ones where criminals are going door-to-door, pretending to represent Energy Saving Trust and hard-selling energy-saving goods and services, real or imagined, to people. This recent article in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/04/2013 - 08:30

17/04/2013

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Assume nothing when it comes to cavity wall insulation

To live in a world where all data sets on all the important issues are complete and unabridged would be a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, there are scarce interest areas, whether social, industrial or political, where this is the case. Energy efficiency falls into some of all three categories. A...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/03/2013 - 08:30

11/03/2013

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Straining towards sustainable tea

We love our tea: 130,000 tonnes of the stuff consumed in the UK per annum is testament to this – and even one of our most energy-efficient styles of building design got termed the ‘tea cosy’. But as with anything we consume, there’s a carbon and cost impact associated with making a cup of tea that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/02/2013 - 08:30

15/02/2013

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Keeping up with the Greens

Smart metering is a good idea, but in practice, a real-time meter is little use if householders don’t act on what it says. Now, the think tank Policy Exchange has piled into the debate. What they say is needed is some good old-fashioned keeping up with the neighbours to make sure this happens. It’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/02/2013 - 08:30

01/02/2013

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Green Deal: avoiding surprises

We’ve just announced an extension to our labelling and verification services in light of the imminent launch of the Green Deal, and there is more standard setting to come. But don’t fear: we haven’t just sprung it all on tradespeople now and expected them to pick it up in a flash. We’ve been...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 23/01/2013 - 08:30

23/01/2013

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