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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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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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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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Corporate carbon cutting seeks renewed energy

A new energy auditing scheme has been launched with the aim of helping businesses reduce their energy costs. A sensible idea, certainly, and one that has the benefit - beyond the top line - of helping the UK along the road to a low-carbon economy. The scheme, run by RBS and Natwest, so alas...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/02/2014 - 08:45

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Are TV soaps setting a good energy efficiency example?

British soaps are well-known for supporting charitable and humanitarian causes through storylines and canny advert-placements – but where do our fictitious friends stand on home energy efficiency? Well if no-one else was thinking it, consultants TheGreenAge certainly are, and they’ve produced some...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 07/02/2014 - 08:45

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Hotter homes pose threat to energy reduction

We’re heating our homes to temperatures four degrees higher on average than they were in 1970 –so says a government-commissioned report on the last 40 years of home energy habits. And while pre-household energy use has fallen by 18 per cent, the total amount of energy consumed by all homes is up by...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 05/02/2014 - 08:45

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Home heating: what’s your type?

Are you Egocentric or a Planner? A Rationer or a Hands off? Or could you even be a Reactor? We all get labelled for one reason or another, normally to sell us something, but in this case it’s how we run the heating of our homes. Back in October 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change...

Submitted by Steven Harris on Tue, 28/01/2014 - 08:45

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Better behaviour for a better state of the European Union

As an organisation that’s been banging the drum of behaviour change and its centrality to reducing carbon emissions for many years, it’s always nice to see a bit of third party vindication – if it were needed. A new European Energy Agency report has done just that. It says that a fifth of the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 24/04/2013 - 08:30

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