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Navigating a low-carbon shift in home heating

• Heating needs change to hit carbon reduction targets • New report looks at challenges of low-carbon heating transition • 'No regrets' options such as energy efficiency should be tackled now With 85 per cent of UK homes currently on the gas network, decarbonising heating will be one of the key...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 12/10/2017 - 15:08

12/10/2017

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Eco design heating regulations – Q&A with Stewart Muir

New regulations have just come into force for home heating systems, including the ubiquitous boiler. These systems will have to meet news standards and display their energy efficiency on a label. Our compliance expert Stewart Muir talks about what the new rules mean for homeowners, ‘sexy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 30/09/2015 - 14:01

30/09/2015

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Warmer homes through computer power

Computer servers are essential to our modern way of life. They process all sorts of things for us, from university research, online shopping to holiday selfies. All these servers in data centres around the world generate so much heat some of them have been re-located to sub-Arctic regions so they...

Submitted by James Wakelin on Wed, 20/05/2015 - 09:00

20/05/2015

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Energy efficiency and the General Election (2)

With the UK General election less than two months away it is worth looking at what it may hold for energy efficiency policy, the different records and policies of each party and the potential forms the new government might take. Today we look at Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats. Liberal Democrats The...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Wed, 18/03/2015 - 15:14

18/03/2015

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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

18/06/2014

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Are smart homes a clever move?

Lloyd Alter in the Guardian the other day made a plea for dumb homes and dumb cities, riling against the recent rash of smart everything. I came across this via a tweet from Nick Grant (@ecominimalnick) saying that “in a Passivhaus a smart thermostat would be bored silly :)” Yes, but… but… it’s not...

Submitted by Steven Harris on Fri, 13/06/2014 - 08:45

13/06/2014

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Leeds to lead in energy retrofit

The Government recently announced £88million funding to be shared between 24 councils under the Green Deal Communities scheme, which aims to fuel a street-by-street approach to energy efficiency across the country, from Peterborough to Plymouth, London to Leeds. It’s great news for all the local...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 04/06/2014 - 08:45

04/06/2014

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Scotland cracks on in tackling home energy

Over 58,000 homes in Scotland upgraded their boiler or got insulated under the ECO scheme last year – a higher rate per 1,000 homes than England. While this will no doubt cheer green Scottish nationalists, a caveat is that ECO got a little help from the Scottish Government’s own fuel poverty...

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

08/05/2014

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Water treatment key to making your home more energy efficient

Global Marketing Director at Fernox, Francine Wickham, explores the importance of chemical water treatment to help make our homes more energy efficient. Tough economic times combined with the increasing cost of living has had one positive consequence, which is that the issue of how homes use energy...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Wed, 07/05/2014 - 08:45

07/05/2014

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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

07/02/2014

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