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Renewables and household energy bills: the real story with subsidies

An interview with Merlin Hyman, the Chief Executive of Regen SW . • Green costs cited as Port Talbot steel threat • Renewables boss: fossil fuels being 'propped up' • Clean, decentralised future is coming Rows over household bills often seem to dominate the energy debate at the expense of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 28/04/2016 - 14:04



Green strategy and politics EU

EU membership and home energy: the pros and cons

The date for a referendum on whether the UK should stay or leave the European Union has been set for 23 June 2016. There's plenty of talk from both the 'in' and 'out' camps on the implications of staying or going – but what does it mean for home energy? Energy Saving Trust takes no official...

Submitted by Joseph Cosier on Fri, 04/03/2016 - 10:59



Green strategy and politics NHS energy efficiency funding low-carbon technologies

A greener NHS

According to research published by the National Audit Office (NAO), energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies can save money for our health services. The NAO report NHS and sustainability suggests savings of £180million a year could be made by reducing carbon emissions – equivalent to an extra...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 13/05/2015 - 09:56



Green strategy and politics Fossil fuel disinvestment universities academia and climate change

Universities called to take money out of fossil fuels

Fossil fuel divestment is the issue of the moment. Campaigners are calling on institutions to withdraw funds from fossil fuel extraction in a bid to “keep it in the ground”, namely the Guardian. The paper is devoting a lot of newspaper inches to the issue, posing ten questions to the Wellcome Trust...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 20/04/2015 - 11:14



Green strategy and politics Local and community energy Government landlords tenants energy efficiency EPC

Give landlords a new LESA of life

It’s well known that the coldest homes in England are those in the private rented sector. 9.4% of private rented homes are F/G rated on the Energy Performance Certificate compared to 1.8% of housing association properties. A big part of the problem is that landlords have been reluctant to invest in...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Fri, 13/03/2015 - 14:24



Green strategy and politics Department of Energy and Climate Change DECC Amber Rudd Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation ECO Green Deal Home Improvement Fund energy saving energy bills saving money on energy bills smart meters switching energy suppliers

The power to switch: Q&A with Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) , talks exclusively to EST about finding a cheaper energy deal, and why there has never been a better time to switch suppliers. EST: How will the Power to Switch campaign encourage...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 26/02/2015 - 09:00



Green strategy and politics International Energy and water efficiency at home Amsterdam energy efficiency Energy labels energy performance certificates energy saving Europe Housing data Netherlands

Energy Performance Certificates - the Dutch model

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach – by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:00



Transport Green strategy and politics Local and community energy BREEAM carbon reduction green building LEED MetLife Stadium Parc y Scarlets Salford City Stadium sports stadiums stadium sustainability

Sports stadiums seek to score high for sustainability

While football generally dominates sport sustainability talk, one example is the progress made at Newcastle United’s ground , there are also many examples from other team sports. Welsh rugby titans The Scarlets have just installed the largest solar array on a sporting facility in the UK, with 1,000...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 02/05/2014 - 08:45



Green strategy and politics Products and technology air-source heat pump DECC District heating Ed Davey ground-source heat pump heat pumps mapping technology field trials Thames water-source heat pump

The potential of water source heat pumps

Renewable heat is in the news more than ever, with energy security issues like the Russia-Ukraine crisis piquing interest in the energy we can generate right here. Even a less talked about technology has got column inches of late – the water-source heat pump. The government is mapping the potential...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 08:45



Green strategy and politics Energy and water efficiency at home BBC Citu energy bills Energy security green building Hastoe Housing Association housing association local authorities new build Passivhaus super insulation

Passivhaus boasts impressive results

The BBC’s Inside Out programme recently took a visit to what is the UK’s largest Passivhaus development, near Saffron Walden in rural Essex. This kind of coverage is great news, as it raises the profile of the super energy-efficient building technique that may have a greater up-front cost, but has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:45