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TVs are electricity guzzlers – but you need to see the bigger picture

On-demand television has changed the way we watch our favourite programmes. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that the amount of electricity we use to power TVs, including set-top boxes and DVD/Blu-ray players, is falling. Only a few years ago, they accounted for 50% of the electricity consumption...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 30/09/2019 - 23:01



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Loft conversions and energy saving

Loft conversions are a popular choice to expand a home’s living space. Telltale skips and scaffolding are particularly prevalent in more expensive areas, where homeowners are anxious to make the most of any extra square footage. Some estimates put the number of loft conversions in London at around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 11:56



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Seven steps to saving energy at home

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal We use energy at home every day, from making a morning cup of tea, watering our plants right through to when we turn off the TV before bed. And at night we’ve still got refrigerators, freezers and boilers working away, phones charging and other devices on standby. So with this...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 23:09



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Why water efficiency matters

In the UK, it’s easy to take for granted that water will flow out of the tap when you turn it on, now and into the future. But are things really that simple? There’s a stark phrase commonly used in the water industry: the jaws of death . Simply put, it means the point where rising demand for water...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 11:48



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Nest launches new health-based criteria

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal With summer looking set to extend its stay in Wales into August, the last thing on people’s minds is how they’re going to heat their homes this winter. Unfortunately, there will be households across Wales that feel the winter more than others, but Welsh Government’s Warm Homes...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 00:25



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Energycarer support in Scotland

by Colin Cook Energy Saving Trust manages the Home Energy Scotland service on behalf of Scottish Government. We work directly with householders in Scotland to help people save money and create warmer homes. Home Energy Scotland is a network of local advice centres covering all of Scotland, with...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 15/07/2019 - 23:01



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Can your toilet generate electricity?

Turning toilets green The amount of water flushed down our toilets is considerable – in fact, it’s the second biggest use of water in the home behind showering. There must be a way to harness all this moving water, right? Well actually, the technology does seem to be there to turn toilets into a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 04/07/2019 - 08:45



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Energy saving on a budget

Most of us want to do our bit to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and save some money on our bills at the same time. However, it’s not always easy to make big changes when you’re short of cash, so we’ve put together some ideas about what you can do on a variety of budgets, so there’s options...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 23:45



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Passivhaus: what you need to know

Passivhaus, literally passive house in English, refers to buildings created to rigorous energy efficient design standards so that they maintain an almost constant temperature. Passivhaus buildings are so well constructed, insulated and ventilated that they retain heat from the sun and the...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 00:37



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Dcarbonise Conference and Exhibition 2019

By Wendy Harrison Last week saw the very first Dcarbonise Conference and Exhibition take place at the SEC Glasgow. As Scotland’s only dedicated event for the low-carbon built environment and transport solutions, we were delighted to be one of the three sponsors, along with the Scottish Government...

Submitted by Alexandra Dunsf... on Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:07