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More must be done to nudge consumers towards efficient appliances

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and department store John Lewis have just reported the results of a trial around in-store behavioural ‘nudges’ aimed at encouraging the purchase of the most energy efficient washers, dryers and washer-dryers in class. The trial compared stores...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 08:45



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Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Good news in London: More money has been allocated to provide energy retrofits in social housing through the Decent Homes programme. Thousands of homes should benefit, and it is great to see money being targeted at the areas of most need, with the highest risk of fuel poverty . In addition, around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/09/2014 - 08:45



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Putting energy into fashion

Ever thought how handy it would be to be able to charge up you gadgets from the clothes you’re wearing? No? Well, such a futuristic option might be closer to reality than you think. There are plenty of options being developed that could see garments providing more than the latest look. Solar could...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 08/09/2014 - 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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New pylon design hits UK shores

Danish design is all set to transform our electricity network, as the first six of the new ‘T-Pylons’ are to be tested on UK soil for the first time. This is something we first talked about three years ago when the National Grid made its call-out for revolutionary new designs , and then narrowed...

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



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Waste innovation shows the way forward

News that a supermarket outlet has come off the National Grid and is powering itself entirely via anaerobic digestion of its food waste should not come as too much of a surprise - the UN estimates that one third of all food is wasted, and supermarkets are increasingly acknowledging their...

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



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Has the solar revolution passed London by?

A new report questions why London's solar PV installation levels are falling below other parts of the UK. In the strongly worded report, Jenny Jones, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, says "You have to walk around a lot of London streets to find a solar panel, as only 1 in 260 London...

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



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Vertical farms could provide green shoots in cities

An energy-generating agricultural skyscraper may seem a little too conceptual for some - but a New York architecture firm thinks it might represent our urban future. The award-winning Urban Skyfarm concept by Aprilli Design Studio plants crop-growing in a vertical trajectory, with eight vertical...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/08/2014 - 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