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Church v checkout in the renewables rush

Comparing the efforts of the Church of England and Sainsbury’s supermarkets to make significant carbon emissions reductions may seem like an odd one in the abstract – but on paper it makes perfect sense. As it turns out, the two cosmetically very different organisations have pretty similar carbon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/06/2013 - 08:45

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Urban development for a sustainable world

Nicholas Bardsley leads the Masters programme in Climate Change and Development at Reading University. In an exclusive guest blog, he highlights the important relationship between urban development and energy efficiency, and explains why it is a fundamental issue when planning for a sustainable...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Tue, 04/06/2013 - 11:26

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Time for an EE-FIT?

Energy efficiency has unfairly been known to attract the reputation of being the ‘dull end’ of green options available, but finding ways to use less in the first place is the quickest way to achieve big savings, whether that’s measured in carbon or money. Despite the slow-burning incentive to use...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 28/05/2013 - 09:05

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Landlords lagging behind may say ‘bye’ to let

Rising rents mean times are tough for the tenant. And things can be made worse when massive energy bills are dropping on the mat, too. Our survey at the start of this year showed that private renters have a desire to get green measures in their homes – but are the least likely to be actually...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 20/05/2013 - 08:30

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Tales from the early days of Green Deal

The Government’s first statistical release on Green Deal in March offered plenty of room for optimism – just over 1,800 assessments completed, and nearly £30million’s worth of ECO funding put to work. But of course we hope this is the tip of the iceberg, and Government talk of “building momentum”...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/04/2013 - 08:30

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Inside SuperHomes

Guest blog by Roger Hunt Fifteen years ago Aylesbury Vale District Council sustainability officer Robert Smart went to a conference of sustainability 'experts' but came away feeling disappointed by their expertise . He also came away believing he needed to lead by example, and began with his home...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Thu, 14/03/2013 - 15:31

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Greening our outdoor pursuits

The modern human has grown to like their domestic comforts – cooking, lighting, heating – outdoors, just to be contrary. Maybe not at this time of year, of course, but generally-speaking. Given the ‘un-naturalness’ of this, though, it should be no surprise that it’s not always the energy-efficient...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 08/03/2013 - 08:30

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Businesses figure out the benefits of change

Getting ideas about energy and water efficiency and generating low-carbon energy on-site through to businesses, whether small, large or in between, can often be a matter of laying out some hard figures. It’s something that we’ve seen win over firms in our work with low-carbon transport options –...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 04/03/2013 - 08:31

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Keeping up with the Greens

Smart metering is a good idea, but in practice, a real-time meter is little use if householders don’t act on what it says. Now, the think tank Policy Exchange has piled into the debate. What they say is needed is some good old-fashioned keeping up with the neighbours to make sure this happens. It’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/02/2013 - 08:30

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Insulalternative

It’d probably be best to start here by saying, if you’re looking to improve your lagging, visit our website’s insulation section first. But that's not to say there aren’t people out there doing it for themselves; finding alternative and even a little bit odd ways to reduce heat loss in their...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 04/01/2013 - 08:30

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