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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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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

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Why Big Energy Saving Week is important: Age UK

In this guest blog, Age UK external affairs advisor, Mervyn Kohler, explains the importance of Big Energy Saving Week in helping everyone save energy. On the evidence of a handful of recent conversations with older people’s groups, the significance of the simplification of energy tariffs and the...

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How to shop around for your energy needs

In this guest blog, Chief Executive of energy regulator Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, explains the importance of shopping around for better energy tariffs as part of Big Energy Saving Week. We shop and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think about doing this when it comes to our...

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British households could save £1.7bn a year

British households could save £1.7bn a year by switching appliances off standby, new research from the Energy Saving Trust has found. In the countdown to next week’s Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens...

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Vacuum energy efficiency: After the dust settles…

Media coverage of the EU’s Ecodesign Directive might have had you believe that an end to the manufacture and sale of vacuum cleaners over 1,600W is the end of civilization as we know it. CNN seemed perplexed about the vacuum furore across the pond, and rightly so. What the new legislation,which...

Submitted by Tom Lock on Wed, 17/09/2014 - 08:45

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The race to national carbon neutrality

A handful of countries are striving for the prize of being the first carbon neutral nation on earth. There are a few familiar players among the contenders to go neutral first: notably Sweden and Norway. The Scandinavian nations are often wowing us with exemplar sustainable buildings and ambitious...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 18/08/2014 - 08:45

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Businesses offered energy savings opportunity

The government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) will see large businesses measuring their current energy performance, identifying cost effective energy saving opportunities, and monitoring their progress every four years to see how to further increase their savings. Such a sea-change...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 30/07/2014 - 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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Are we becoming energy efficiency experts?

Secretary of State Ed Davey recently told delegates at Ecobuild that homes are using a fifth less energy than in 2004. The Carbon Brief took an in-depth look at the claim, and while quibbling a little about whether the headline stat is quite as simple as it seems, as all those working towards green...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/07/2014 - 08:45

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