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Making smart smart - a Q&A with Dr Chris Brauer

With the roll-out of smart meters and the increase in appliances boasting ‘smart’ features on the market, smart homes have become an increasing talking point. But is our smart future really just round the corner? And are smart technologies really the answer to our energy efficiency prayers? Smart...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/06/2015 - 00:00

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Green thinking is becoming the norm

Technological innovation allows us to ask better questions about how we will complete the move to sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. New technologies enable us to become more energy efficient without requiring a change in our behaviour, meaning the motivations that once inspired actions to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 01/06/2015 - 10:00

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The growing sustainable ethos in schools

Behaviour change will go hand in hand with a low carbon future - and it’s important to catch people early. Schools are playing their role, and finding that a range of partners are happy to step in to lend a helping hand. The enthusiasm of youth is a great thing to nurture - and there certainly...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/11/2014 - 08:45

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The rise in building energy efficiency

A new £50million pot , co-funded by the Green Investment Bank, will see packages of energy efficiency measures installed in hospitals across the UK, with one of the first recipients Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. It’s hoped that changes by the hospitals involved will cut bills by 20 per cent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 13/10/2014 - 08:45

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International energy agendas make progress

India’s booming economic and population growth means smart cities are being seen as the future. The country’s plan to speed up the growth of energy efficient building involves a top-level panel of experts and encouragement for state governments to create new powers to improve the energy performance...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/09/2014 - 08:45

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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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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

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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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Green universities, or an educated mess?

Universities are said to be the home of the highest educational standards – but could the same be said for their attitude to energy and climate issues? Well, it appears that the jury’s out. An article in Salon.com recently took a swipe at America’s biggest educational institutes for failing to set...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:45

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