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Energy and water efficiency at home energy efficiency mortgage

The 'green' mortgage message is spreading

Good ideas tend to spread fast – and this seems to be the case with the concept of bringing energy efficiency to the heart of mortgages. Earlier this year we looked at how LENDERS , a project involving Energy Saving Trust, BRE, Nationwide and others, is looking to find ways to bring accurate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/11/2016 - 16:23



Transport Fleet Heroes transport

Fleet Hero Awards 2016 – Shortlist announced

Private hire firms, emergency services and even a phone company are among the contenders for this year's Fleet Hero Awards . The awards shortlist has been finalised; with experts whittling down scores of high quality entries from around the UK. Reducing fuel bills and emissions, as ever, are at the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/11/2016 - 11:34



Products and technology data centres energy energy demand

Firms take action as data bytes at energy demand

The digital world is growing at a remarkably fast rate – the amount of bytes is doubling every two years . With this comes a significant energy concern. Data centres in the US alone are set to consumer electricity roughly the equivalent of 50 large power plants by 2020. Luckily, some of the biggest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 08/11/2016 - 16:49



Energy and water efficiency at home Big Energy Saving Week energy suppliers energy bills; energy saving

Brits choosing big brands over best deals on energy

A fear of the unfamiliar could be costing energy bill payers. The results of the latest Big Energy Saving Week survey show nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of those polled saying they wouldn't switch to a supplier they hadn't heard of. It's not just that – they wouldn't switch even if they...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Sun, 06/11/2016 - 14:00



Transport Scotland electric vehicles

Electrifying low carbon vehicle support for Scotland

A bit of financial help can make a lot of difference when considering greener options. This is proven by the fact that half of a £7.8million interest-free loan fund to support the purchase of electric vehicles in Scotland has already gone. Perhaps the benefits of a monetary incentive are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/11/2016 - 14:32



Energy and water efficiency at home Big Energy Saving Week domestic energy efficiency energy bills; energy saving

Brits are ignoring an easy way to save cash

Official figures say switching energy supplier can save £300 – but it seems that British people are looking at more extreme and time-consuming options to save up that sort of cash instead. In a survey of nearly 2,500 bill payers for Big Energy Saving Week , a fifth said they'd turn to credit cards...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 31/10/2016 - 09:58



Energy and water efficiency at home Big Energy Saving Week saving money

Get a better energy deal: switch off energy autopilot

We hate to break it to you—but if you think you're on the cheapest energy tariff, chances are you're probably wrong. Our Big Energy Saving Week survey has revealed that 60 per cent of Brits reckon what we've got it as good as it gets when it comes to the tariff we're on. But last year, over 13...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 27/10/2016 - 15:38



International Scotland Renewable heat

Getting warmer – and 'greener' – in Scotland

Good news in Scotland, where new Scottish Government figures , compiled by Energy Saving Trust, show renewable heat on the up. 2015 marked the highest annual increase in renewable heat output since records began in 2008 – over 1,100GWh. Assistant Data Insight Manager Fiona Flynn, who compiled the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/10/2016 - 14:16



Green strategy and politics Policy fuel poverty

The stark challenge of fuel poverty

• Official government advisory group identifies funding shortfall on quest to improve homes – report • Energy efficiency as infrastructure priority acknowledged • More resource and better targeting needed The Committee on Fuel Poverty has published its first report – spelling out what needs to be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/10/2016 - 15:38



International Energy use toys plastic

Playtime going 'green' as toy giants clean up their act

LEGO is looking to build its sustainability credentials further, after achieving an 11.5 per cent reduction in energy use since 2013. It's a story of triumph over adversity – or at very least decidedly unpromising beginnings. Setting itself a 10 per cent target three years ago, it only managed 0.4...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 18/10/2016 - 14:50