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Energy Performance Certificates: Moving up the housing ladder

The Government ruled not so long ago that Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) info must be made available to potential to buyers or tenants. This is not just in estate agent windows, but in media adverts too – where a home’s A-G rating will do if there’s no space for the whole colour-coded scale...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 14/05/2014 - 08:45

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Scotland cracks on in tackling home energy

Over 58,000 homes in Scotland upgraded their boiler or got insulated under the ECO scheme last year – a higher rate per 1,000 homes than England. While this will no doubt cheer green Scottish nationalists, a caveat is that ECO got a little help from the Scottish Government’s own fuel poverty...

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

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Water treatment key to making your home more energy efficient

Global Marketing Director at Fernox, Francine Wickham, explores the importance of chemical water treatment to help make our homes more energy efficient. Tough economic times combined with the increasing cost of living has had one positive consequence, which is that the issue of how homes use energy...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Wed, 07/05/2014 - 08:45

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Top tech versus top tips in the home

The collision of smarter homes and smarter phones is bound to throw up some interesting developments. One that has piqued wide interest is the launch of a new thermostat which its makers claim learns your heating behaviours with the potential to cut nearly a third from your heating bill. It is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 06/05/2014 - 08:45

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How to boost a nation’s energy capacity

In the last few decades, there have been many ambassadors for energy efficiency, including ourselves. But it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been an entire nation emblematic of the impact of widespread energy efficiency measures – until now. Japan has managed to replace half of its nuclear capacity...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 25/04/2014 - 08:45

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Living the self-build dream

H ighlighting the importance of planning ahead to help ensure success, Julian Roberts continues to chart his progress as he builds his own eco home. I’m not shy of admitting that when it comes to doing practical things, I’m bottom of the class. If the truth be told, I’m not building my own house at...

Submitted by Julian Roberts on Tue, 08/04/2014 - 09:00

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Water innovations – canals to cleaning

Despite a resolutely wet winter in the UK, there’s no reason to rest on laurels where water supply is concerned. Making sure there’s adequate water for the future is one of the world’s paramount concerns – and luckily there’s lots of work being done on supply and demand. Providing a stable supply...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 31/03/2014 - 08:45

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Should sustainability be an unconscious choice?

Pushing us towards changing our ways can range anywhere from ‘keeping up with the greens’ vision of neighbourly competition , to positive reinforcement and appreciation, to making a fun game out of behaving better. The effects of change can mean anything from massive savings on energy bills to ‘...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 26/03/2014 - 08:45

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Low-carbon heating - getting warmer, but not quite there

It may seem an obvious point to say that to better manage our energy use, technologies need to be both accessible and clearly explained. But it appears there is still some work to be done to make sure this is the case. Where heating is concerned, it seems there’s especially some room for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/03/2014 - 08:45

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Energy bills: metering matters

While energy companies are being warned of more intense scrutiny of their finances by regulators, it’s interesting to see that one part of the problem of rising energy bills might be rather more old-school than business financial modelling. Consumer watchdog Which? has warned that millions of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:45

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