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Have yourself a merry lower-carbon Christmas

Christmas is all about excess – eating too much, drinking too much, spending too much and, let’s face it, wasting too much. And thinking green at this time of year can be tricky. However, by following a few simple tips it doesn't have to be such an expensive time for the pocket or the environment...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Tue, 16/12/2014 - 09:00

16/12/2014

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Are we becoming energy efficiency experts?

Secretary of State Ed Davey recently told delegates at Ecobuild that homes are using a fifth less energy than in 2004. The Carbon Brief took an in-depth look at the claim, and while quibbling a little about whether the headline stat is quite as simple as it seems, as all those working towards green...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/07/2014 - 08:45

18/07/2014

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Looking on the bright side

Perhaps the most telling sign of the transition to low energy lighting across the world was the recent re-opening of the Thomas Edison Monument in New Jersey, US, (pictured in construction). It's no longer lit by his own incandescent bulbs, but LEDs. It’s easy to see how this could be seen as a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/03/2014 - 08:45

19/03/2014

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The future of LED lighting gets brighter

We revealed last week that the UK is in the top five nations in Europe for buying energy saving light bulbs, but lagging behind in the purchase of ‘next generation’ lighting such as LEDs. More testing, information and certification of the kind we’re involved in through the PremiumLight scheme...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 29/01/2014 - 08:45

29/01/2014

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Helping consumers make the bright choice on lighting

In a recent survey we revealed that the UK could save as much as £1.4 billion on electricity bills a year through households replacing all the remaining traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs in their homes with energy-saving light bulbs (CFLs and LED spots). This could save about £50 on energy...

Submitted by Ozge Ibrahim on Wed, 22/01/2014 - 08:45

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Supermarkets look to take up energy challenge

In a sense, supermarkets are the ideal test bed for energy efficiency and carbon reduction. High levels of energy needed for lighting and refrigeration, plus long and complex supply chains mean there’s a lot of costs to save and a lot of carbon to reduce if this staple industry is to call itself '...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/10/2013 - 08:45

16/10/2013

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Lighting the way to efficient rail travel

If we’re to make sustainable changes as individuals, it’s easier if the infrastructure of the world around us is taking significant steps down the same road. Take the daily commute, for example. Hybrid buses, increasing numbers of cyclists and solar-powered road signs remind us that we’re part of a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/10/2013 - 08:45

11/10/2013

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Green: another word for better quality buildings?

There are many awareness-raising weeks these days – and indeed, we’re no stranger to them ourselves. For all their ubiquity, they are useful for organisations to focus their attention amidst the buzz of day-to-day work. And it’s possible that some are more needed than others. Take the recent World...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/09/2013 - 08:45

25/09/2013

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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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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

26/06/2013

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