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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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The direct route to reusing waste heat

As the need to be able to heat our homes affordably becomes ever more pressing, more creative ways of acquiring the energy needed are demanded. District energy schemes are on the rise to fill this role – and one of the most eye-catching recent development on this theme was last week’s news that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 22/11/2013 - 08:45



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Reporters look to our winter warmers

It’s that time of year again: moist leaves on the streets, grey skies, vague thoughts of Christmas, and articles about saving energy this winter appearing in the national media. More than ever, journalists are using Energy Saving Trust facts, stats and spokespeople to add some authority on such...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/11/2013 - 08:45



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Building the future of energy efficiency

Building regulations are a big part of ensuring the homes and buildings of the future are both lower carbon and lower in terms of running costs - and newer, tougher standards are coming in the spring of 2014. The measures require a six per cent cut in domestic buildings, and nine per cent for non...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 04/09/2013 - 08:45



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The rise of ‘cool roofs’ reflects the times

From progressive new-build housing to advanced retrofitting of existing properties, reflection can play a central role – particularly on roofs. The art of using reflection as a heat-control mechanism is long established, but researchers in this field may now have come up with the surface that does...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 16/08/2013 - 08:40



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Energy efficiency: we all want in

It seems we’re all in agreement: energy efficiency is a good thing that we should be cracking on with. Recent analysis of data from Opower in the States shows that political leanings made very little difference to energy-saving: they’re both getting into it, to broadly the same degree. After a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/07/2013 - 08:45



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Doors open for low carbon innovators

Welcome to the second installment of what’s been a fairly funding-focused week so far on the blog. This one’s more for the small-scale innovators with an eye on bigger things. First up, the Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund , which has just announced a pot of £35million over the next three...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 26/06/2013 - 08:45



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Count with the old

When new schemes supersede old ones, there’s no use just forgetting about what’s gone before. Everything that’s been can inform the present, and makes sure it at very least does as well as the previous, and ultimately gives it the most chance of doing even better. This is especially true in the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 03/06/2013 - 09:00