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Why we should all be saving water

Water is a precious resource – but it can’t be taken for granted. Climate change, and the more extreme weather that comes with it, means that water supply is becoming more unpredictable than in years gone by. Increased frequency of drought across Europe lines up with climate projections . Water is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 05/02/2019 - 00:00

05/02/2019

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Toy giants aim for a sustainable future

Loved by children across the world, toy creators LEGO are taking sustainability seriously, looking to reduce their carbon emissions to protect the planet for their current audience. The Danish toy giant signed up to the WWF Climate Savers programme in 2014, and achieved an 11.5% reduction in energy...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 31/01/2019 - 10:41

31/01/2019

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The UK’s cities are leading the charge to reduce carbon emissions

While there are challenges ahead, to date the UK has reduced carbon emissions by 43% from the level recorded in 1990. And the UK’s cities, particularly those with devolved administrations are leading the way in that reduction, with ambitious plans to improve building efficiency, embrace renewable...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 29/01/2019 - 08:45

29/01/2019

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Generating energy from waste: how it works

With world resources finite, and increasing public awareness of the harmful effects of our ‘throwaway culture’, a move towards what’s known as a circular economy seems a sensible option. In short, this means making products last longer, and recovering materials or other benefits from them when they...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 24/01/2019 - 12:01

24/01/2019

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How to tackle insulation problems

We’ve been encouraging people to insulate their homes for over two decades now, and many millions of homes have been insulated in that time. As with any building work, the quality of installation has varied from house to house, and unfortunately some homes will have had a decidedly substandard job...

Submitted by BrianHorne on Tue, 22/01/2019 - 17:12

22/01/2019

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Green finance: can it support home energy efficiency?

We took a general look at green finance in our last blog . Now, we’re looking more specifically at the role of green finance in funding home retrofit. NB. This article takes a general look at different ways that finance could be used to fund home retrofit. It is not intended as financial advice for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:00

17/01/2019

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Clean air zones open up the electric car market

With more makes and models of pure electric and hybrid vehicles coming on to the market, it’s easier than ever to find the right electric vehicle (EV). The introduction of Clean Air Zones in London in 2019, and in cities across the UK from 2020 onwards presents a powerful motivation to invest in an...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 15/01/2019 - 11:00

15/01/2019

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What is green finance?

They say money makes the world go around. But when it comes to saving the planet, does it really all come down to finance? If we are to successfully transition to a green economy, it’s going to cost and so naturally the issue of how we pay for the transition is a key topic at every level of the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:56

11/01/2019

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Energy ratings: everything you need to know

Energy ratings come in a number of different forms, and while they’re there to help us make sound decisions based on the long-term running costs and greenhouse gas emissions of the products we use, they can sometimes be misunderstood. Here, we give a low-down on labels, and how to get the best out...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 13:10

08/01/2019

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New Year’s Energy Saving Resolutions

Traditionally we start thinking about resolutions as we move into a new year. So we thought of a few energy-saving related resolutions to take us into 2019. According to a YouGov poll of 2,000 people in the US, the most common New Year’s resolutions were to eat more healthily, get more exercise and...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Fri, 28/12/2018 - 00:31

28/12/2018

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