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We’re looking for 130 homes to receive a free energy saving Chimella

Energy Saving Trust is working on a research project to test how well a Chimella, chimney sealer reduces draughts from open chimneys. We’re looking for homes in the Midlands, which have open chimneys and where householders would be eligible for an ECO grant. Take part in the trial If you live in...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 23:00



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Climate change: what can you do to help?

In 2020, Earth Overshoot Day – the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources in any given year exceeds what the Earth can regenerate in that year – falls on 22 August. We look at what you can do to push back this date by reducing emissions. After the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 19/08/2020 - 23:00



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Turning a home extension into an energy saving opportunity

Home extensions are an attractive idea: they add space and value, plus often improve the look of a place. But a bigger home means more space to heat, which could increase costs and CO 2 emissions. We look at how you can achieve the spacious and warm rooms you want, while adding long-term energy...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 23:01



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Electric vehicles: debunking the myths

by Ceit Skinner If you are considering going green with an electric vehicle, you are likely to have heard all the urban myths. Electric vehicle technology has quickly developed in recent times yet limits of early technology are still named as issues today. Here, at Energy Saving Trust, we want to...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 23:01



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Adapting to change: how the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge became a successful online event

by Zoe Carruthers On 16 March, my colleagues and I were told to put our laptops in our bags and pack up our things. This was the last day we spent in the Energy Saving Trust office this year. Amazingly, it only took three days for our entire company to switch to remote working. This blog looks at...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 23:01



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Is renewable heat right for your home?

Heating accounts for more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than any other aspect of our lives for the average UK household. In order to reach net zero targets we’re going to need to dramatically reduce the amount of fossil-fuel generated heating ie gas or oil-fired boilers in our homes. One way to do...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 00:00



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Energy Saving Trust backs call to end fuel poverty in advance of next wave of COVID-19

There is much talk of a second wave of COVID-19, but until now there has been relatively little discussion about who this wave may hit the hardest. Evidence from Public Health England and a new study from the Fuel Poverty Research Network show that being in fuel poverty puts households more at risk...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 23:01



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Racing across Europe with zero carbon emissions

by Mel Esquerre Edinburgh, Boxing Day 2019. A fully electric van - normally driven for short distances in the city - prepares to leave for Copenhagen, 1,000 km away. An extraordinary six days follow, as the van and crew of three drive across Europe closely following two cargo bikes day and night,...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 23:01



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Electric bikes explained

Cycling is more popular than ever, with thousands taking to two wheels during lockdown. Many people have gone back to cycling after a long break or tried it for the first time. It's been so popular that bike shops have reported running out of stock. It's #BikeWeek from 6th - 14th June 2020, which...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Sun, 07/06/2020 - 23:01



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Researching the importance of energy advice at Energy Saving Trust

In 2019, George Warren completed a two-month secondment through the Energy-PIECES project at Energy Saving Trust. The main aim of the project was to provide opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in Social Sciences and Humanities to engage with policy makers, independent organisations...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 04/06/2020 - 11:40