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Will our energy future be skin deep?

This blog is not afraid to dig into the slightly more free-thinking end of energy-saving innovation. Generation by dancing , living lighting and even using jeans to insulate your home have been covered in the past, so to arrive now at a wristband whose creators claim can reduce the need for home...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 24/01/2014 - 08:45

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Latest crossroads for carbon targets

When it comes to climate targets, 2020 and 2050 are the big dates. Given its imminence, it’s the former that’s hot news right now – with the view of working towards the latter. The UN’s climate change conference in Warsaw has called on nations to publish their plans for curbing emissions after 2020...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 27/11/2013 - 08:45

27/11/2013

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NYC goes LED

New York, New York may well be wonderful, but it’s also set to become a more energy efficiency place too, after the city’s officials announced plans to replace all of its quarter of a million street lights with LEDs. The potential cost and carbon savings are being widely recognised by governments...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 13/11/2013 - 08:45

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Military might may help grow green technology

There is wide consensus that the institutions which consume the most energy, and have the biggest research and development budgets, should be taking the biggest leaps towards efficiency, self-reliance, and using less barrels of the black stuff. Take the US military, which was using an incredible...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 30/10/2013 - 08:45

30/10/2013

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Making a place for independent energy

Meeting the energy demands of the future is going to require action on a number of fronts. Between the large energy infrastructure projects that seem forever in the news and the behaviour change that needs to happen behind closed doors, there’s a big role for community energy to play. But there are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/10/2013 - 08:45

28/10/2013

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Solar PV shines bright as summer fades

Solar PV often has patches of being in the media spotlight – and this is certainly one of those. Perhaps the coming of winter promises the best special offers from solar companies looking to keep up that summer momentum. Firstly, there was considerable attention given to the news that furniture...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 07/10/2013 - 08:45

07/10/2013

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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

04/09/2013

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Technology for a changing water world

[youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOQAFMk5DAw] Our At Home with Water report conclusively showed that showers are the major single source of water use in UK homes. So, then, perhaps it's time to turn on the water warning lights - quite literally. If you'd like something a little gentler and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 30/08/2013 - 08:45

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Green innovations: standing out in the crowd

Crowd funding is the future, many experts tell us. As the premise requires theoretical future customers investing in something they really, really want to come into being, it’s kind of the ultimate test of the marketability of a product in advance. This is especially useful for emerging product...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 19/08/2013 - 08:40

19/08/2013

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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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