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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

20/04/2015

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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

13/03/2015

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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

26/02/2015

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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

20/11/2014

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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

02/05/2014

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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

09/04/2014

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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

24/02/2014

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Building the future of energy efficiency

Building regulations are a big part of ensuring the homes and buildings of the future are both lower carbon and lower in terms of running costs - and newer, tougher standards are coming in the spring of 2014. The measures require a six per cent cut in domestic buildings, and nine per cent for non...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 04/09/2013 - 08:45

04/09/2013

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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

17/04/2013

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Assume nothing when it comes to cavity wall insulation

To live in a world where all data sets on all the important issues are complete and unabridged would be a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, there are scarce interest areas, whether social, industrial or political, where this is the case. Energy efficiency falls into some of all three categories. A...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/03/2013 - 08:30

11/03/2013

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