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Energy and water efficiency at home refurbishment home improvements extensions

Turning a home extension into an energy saving opportunity

• Space and warm rooms key issues for householders • Going beyond Building Regulations can bring gains • Insulation, heating and lighting to tackle as you extend In the last three years, 16 per cent of homeowners have extended their property. It can be an attractive idea: it adds space and value,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:23

02/08/2017

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Energy and water efficiency at home home improvements consumer research Energy Saving Trust survey

Home owners missing out on energy efficiency opportunity

One of the best times to make energy efficiency upgrades is when you're already doing work on your home – but our UK Pulse survey shows that in most cases, this isn't happening. Two-thirds of British home owners have taken on some improvements over the last three years, but only a third upgraded...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 01/02/2017 - 17:04

01/02/2017

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Energy and water efficiency at home warmer homes winter energy tips home improvements

Shivering in winter: 7 top tips to make your home warmer

• Four out of ten of us are avoiding switching on the heating during colder spells due to fears about energy bills • A third are reporting they can't make their home as warm as they'd like • Winter woollies are filling the comfort gaps where heating systems aren't delivering the goods Warming...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:00

20/12/2016

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Energy and water efficiency at home renovation home improvements

How do you renovate your flat and keep neighbours on side?

By Simon Burton Many people have difficulties with their neighbours, and in flats one has lots of neighbours. We have strict rules in our block of nearly 200 flats: when one can do building works, when you can play music and when you must do nothing to disturb your neighbours. But we all have to...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Mon, 01/08/2016 - 08:31

01/08/2016

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Energy and water efficiency at home Scotland home improvements

Scotland: Interest free loans up to £15,000 to help make homes warmer

• New research: Scotland's a nation of home improvers • Creating space and improving comfort main priorities for homeowners • Impartial advice and financial support for home improvers in Scotland Cold draughts and contradictions were at the heart of the findings of new Energy Saving Trust research...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 25/07/2016 - 14:32

25/07/2016

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Green strategy and politics Green Deal Government home improvements funding

A great deal to be happy about

The Green Deal has reached a major milestone. We’ve seen a rush of good news in the last month for the Government’s flagship energy efficiency drive - the Green Deal . The total amount of finance approved has exceeded £1.8m since Easter, with the average plan coming in at around £3,500. But now a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 29/05/2015 - 09:00

29/05/2015

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