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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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Cutting out draughts from older homes

Enjoy a warmer and more comfortable home by following our guide to simple fixes for draughts. At its most basic, draught-proofing is filling the gaps in a building, where heat escapes and cold air enters. Some people turn up the heating to counteract cold draughts; this warms your home but escaped...

Submitted by Tom Shearman on Mon, 10/08/2020 - 23:01



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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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Ten top sustainable innovations for 2020

From thin air to algae, from urine to jewellery, the sustainability sector is a hub for technological advances. The Energy Saving Trust looks at 10 innovations that may - or may not - change the way we interact with our world in the face of climate change. We have not tested any of these products...

Submitted by Tom Shearman on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 15:54



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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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Warmworks - supporting households across Scotland

People experiencing fuel poverty in Scotland can be helped with just one call or email – that’s the message from Home Energy Scotland. Funded by Scottish Government, the free and impartial advice service is available to everyone in Scotland. Anyone who may be worrying about how to keep warm and pay...

Submitted by Tom Shearman on Mon, 13/07/2020 - 23:01



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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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Energy efficiency in the kitchen - part two

Whether we’re eating alone or sharing food with friends and family, our kitchens are central to our home life. Our appliances that help us heat up or cool food, clean our clothes or our crockery and most importantly, make a decent cup of tea make up a significant proportion of our daily energy use...

Submitted by Tom Shearman on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 23:01