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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Chocolate: the sustainability cost

Chocolate is big business, and not just at Easter. The average UK citizen spends £75.45 a year on it, with the chocolate confectionery sector worth £5,122m in the UK. Holiday-themed goodies have been on the rise in recent years, with rises in Easter chocolate production of just under 25% in recent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 09:00



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Electric vs hybrid vehicles: which one would work for you?

If you’re thinking of investing in an ultra low-emission vehicle , surveying the options can appear to be a bit of a minefield. Here, we take a look at the two most common plug-in options – plug-in hybrids, which can run on electricity but also have a petrol or diesel engine, and pure electric...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/02/2020 - 00:01



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Cornwall’s keeping it local with green energy revolution

Cornwall is one of Britain’s leading counties when it comes to the burgeoning green economy. There’s little wonder: it’s one of the sunniest parts of the UK, with up to 1600 hours of sunshine a year, while boasting abundant coastline and advantageous wind conditions. It seems a place made for solar...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 07/01/2020 - 01:00



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Connecting energy issues across the world

Energy Saving Trust plays an active part in energy projects, research and information sharing with energy agencies across Europe and beyond. We find our international work often brings a fresh perspective to challenges we face in the UK. Many energy efficiency and renewable energy challenges are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 17/12/2019 - 01:00



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Using energy data to map future needs

Identifying efficiencies in homes, business and transport will form a crucial part of mitigating the climate emergency. Big data and its management can provide real insight into the changes we need to make, which should provide clear benefits for consumers. ‘Energy mapping’ is one data area that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 28/11/2019 - 00:37



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Winter-proof your home and your energy bill

When it's feeling wintery, it's more important than ever to take steps to prevent heat escaping through your windows and doors. This will allow your home to stay warm and at a comfortable temperature, as well as ensuring your energy bills stay under control during the colder months. You can prevent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 12:02



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7 top tips to help heat your home this winter

• 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 Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:00



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Can supermarkets be sustainability superstars?

Supermarkets are everywhere – not just in the UK, but internationally. Given we’re talking huge buildings, complex logistics involving millions of products, millions of tonnes of packaging plus lots of electricity use on site, there is little doubt that changes at the biggest stores could have a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 31/10/2019 - 08:45



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Energy efficiency has key role in addressing climate emergency

Smart Energy GB has recently launched its Missing Piece campaign – highlighting energy efficiency as the missing element in the fight to mitigate against the effects of climate change. In particular, it notes that we will continue to be behind on the national target to reach net zero carbon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 23/10/2019 - 23:01



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10 fantastic innovations in the war on plastic - updated

The response to an urgent global call to reduce plastic waste has been considerable. To look at just a few things that have happened only in the last few weeks, Sainsbury’s has announced the introduction of refillable packaging , while plastic recycling has been incentivised in the Philippines by...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/10/2019 - 23:25