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EU membership and home energy: the pros and cons

The date for a referendum on whether the UK should stay or leave the European Union has been set for 23 June 2016. There's plenty of talk from both the 'in' and 'out' camps on the implications of staying or going – but what does it mean for home energy? Energy Saving Trust takes no official...

Submitted by Joseph Cosier on Fri, 04/03/2016 - 10:59



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Opportunities for home energy makeover

An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030, according to a new report from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution. An apt year, considering a deal on EU climate targets up to then has just been agreed. The group says such a GDP boost would mean £3.20 was...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/11/2014 - 08:45



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Energy efficiency confidence on the rise

Confidence in the UK’s non-domestic energy efficiency has risen to its highest levels yet, according to a survey from three influential players in the industry. The EEVS Insight, Bloomberg and Green Investment Bank report shows confidence in such areas a policy and industry risk and effectiveness...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 03/11/2014 - 08:45



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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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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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Green energy information - whatever the weather

They say the simplest way to forecast the weather is to look out of your window - but that approach might be less useful in seeing how well your renewable energy system is likely to be working. This is where WeatherEnergy aim to step in and help. It is part of a European project called Energizair...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/07/2014 - 08:45



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More district heating in the pipeline

Concerns over carbon emissions and energy security in Europe has meant district heating schemes are on the verge of a boom. European Commission advisors have been pushing for greater emphasis on the efficiency of heating networks recently, arguing that the emphasis has been, until now, too much on...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/06/2014 - 08:45



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European elections: Where do green issues stand?

Following the European election results, work on climate policy issues won't begin until the autumn, but speculation on political shifts is rife. The focus is based on the reasonable assumption that the new bloc of parties on the right of the political spectrum is less likely to support low-carbon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 30/05/2014 - 08:45



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Renewables could lead in stabilising energy supplies in Europe

Recent unrest in Eastern Europe has shaken the confidence of the world’s rich and powerful nations – particularly where energy is concerned. Securing energy supplies and the pressing need to increase the prevalence of low-carbon options is also a global issue, making it a key focus of the latest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 28/05/2014 - 08:45



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Making product energy claims stick

As part of a drive to stop misleading energy claims, we’re about to crank up the surveillance on goods that consume gas and electricity in the UK and beyond. We also aim to increase compliance to Europe-wide standards. Think of us as energy-saving mystery shoppers - one of 16 organisations across...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 18/02/2014 - 08:45