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Energy and water efficiency at home Topten UK home appliances

Topten Energy: Your independent guide to energy efficient appliances

Energy Saving Trust have been in charge of Topten UK since 2015 – an initiative somewhat unsurprisingly set up to highlight the leading products for energy efficiency. It's all about making the market clearer for consumers looking to make the best choice, with low running costs and environmental...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/08/2016 - 15:19



Energy and water efficiency at home renovation home improvements

How do you renovate your flat and keep neighbours on side?

By Simon Burton Many people have difficulties with their neighbours, and in flats one has lots of neighbours. We have strict rules in our block of nearly 200 flats: when one can do building works, when you can play music and when you must do nothing to disturb your neighbours. But we all have to...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Mon, 01/08/2016 - 08:31



Energy and water efficiency at home Scotland home improvements

Scotland: Interest free loans up to £15,000 to help make homes warmer

• New research: Scotland's a nation of home improvers • Creating space and improving comfort main priorities for homeowners • Impartial advice and financial support for home improvers in Scotland Cold draughts and contradictions were at the heart of the findings of new Energy Saving Trust research...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 25/07/2016 - 14:32



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Is solar power right for my home?

• Cuts in support have reduced installations • How to maximise your grid exports • How to maximise your payback Solar PV has become big news over the last few years; but from an astronomical rise in UK installations to cuts in financial support, sometimes it can be hard to see where things are at,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/05/2016 - 16:16



Energy and water efficiency at home Renewable Heat Incentive

What are the changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive?

• Incentive to be supported for next five years • Changes will see refocusing of scheme • What it means for those considering green heating The government has committed to supporting renewable heat until 2020/21 – but change is afoot for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, with a consultation...

Submitted by Joseph Cosier on Mon, 21/03/2016 - 16:36



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Are home renewables right for you?

A lot has changed in the field of domestic renewable energy recently. Solar power has taken off, while some incentives have changed, and others have been introduced. So, does green energy at home still make sense? And what should you look out for if you're thinking of taking the plunge? Let us...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:57



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Energy efficiency in pictures

Energy efficiency can sometimes be difficult to illustrate. Why is that and what images can be used to persuade people to engage with energy efficiency? Resource Media’s report Beyond the CFL: Winning Imagery for Energy Efficiency used focus groups to test different types of pictures relating to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/05/2015 - 08:24



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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



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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



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Making scamming a waste of energy

Every once in a while we see a certain kind of local news story, and our collective heart sinks. It’s the ones where criminals are going door-to-door, pretending to represent Energy Saving Trust and hard-selling energy-saving goods and services, real or imagined, to people. This recent article in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/04/2013 - 08:30