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Building the future of energy efficiency

Building Regulations govern all aspects of construction in the UK, but there is an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions from our homes. . The government first introduced energy conservation standards for new homes in England in building regulations as far back as...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 00:01

07/11/2019

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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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Stemming the rising tide of e-waste

The electronics industry thrives on the thrill of the new. The latest phone, tablet or laptop with the smallest, brightest or smartest applications tempts us to upgrade our equipment on a rolling basis. As each new gadget launches, the plans for its replacement are already underway. But what...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Sun, 18/08/2019 - 23:00

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Green innovations: what happened next?

From time to time, we’ve covered the latest in green technological innovations that are sparking debate. But once the early hype’s over, how do these technologies develop and push towards the mainstream? We’ve checked back in with five technologies we wrote about back a few years ago, to see what’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/07/2019 - 23:00

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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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Smart Meters: saving energy into the future

Smart meters have been around for a while but to date only around 35% of UK homes already have a smart meter installed. A smart meter sends automatic meter readings straight to your supplier, as well as showing you what energy you’re using, where and when on an in-home display. This helps you...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Fri, 07/06/2019 - 12:41

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Future homes: housing over the next 20 years

Looking at energy use in the home, the last century has seen extraordinary transformation, as relative affluence and technological advancement drove new devices and behaviours. In the last decade the speed of change has accelerated further, pushed on by the digital revolution.The change in energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 14:39

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Chocolate: the sustainability cost

Chocolate is big business, and not just at Easter. The average UK citizen spends £75.25 a year on it, with the chocolate confectionery sector worth £5,039m overall. Holiday-themed goodies are on the rise worldwide, with rises in Easter chocolate production of just under 25% in recent years...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 11/04/2019 - 09:00

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Domestic solar plus battery storage: a revolution in the electricity market

Guest blog post by Erica Charles, CEO, Spirit Energy NB. None of the figures or statistics in this article have been independently verified by Energy Saving Trust. It’s an exciting time for the UK energy sector. Older fossil fuel and nuclear power plants are due to be de-commissioned by 2025, at...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 28/02/2019 - 00:00

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Improving homes through technology: how smart robots can save on heating bills

Older homes with timber floors can lose a significant amount of heat through uninsulated ground floors. Our studies show that you can save around £40 a year by installing traditional under-floor insulation to help keep your home warm. In the past, installing under-floor insulation always involved...

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