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Could you generate your own energy?

by Felix Davey When you think of renewable energy, what comes to mind? Towering wind turbines , visible from miles around? Or rows and rows of solar panels , stretching as far as the eye can see? Renewable energy is certainly booming. Ten years ago, 7% of electricity in the UK came from low carbon...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 28/01/2020 - 00:01



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Rollercoasters with a green twist

by Felix Davey Putting the green in theme parks Dreaming of sunshine? Aren’t we all! January is the busiest month for booking holidays. And when the summer (eventually) comes around, many of us will enjoy all the thrills and spills of a theme park. Over 250 million people visited a theme park in...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 23/01/2020 - 00:01



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Big Energy Saving Week 2020

January is traditionally a tough month when it comes to energy bills, with many people across the UK having to make difficult choices about whether they can afford to heat their homes. If you are struggling with energy-related issues, then Big Energy Saving Week 2020 highlights ways to overcome...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 00:01



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How to draught proof your chimney

by Felix Davey Hot air goes up, up and away An open fireplace is an attractive feature in many homes around the UK, with around 60% of our housing stock built earlier than 1960. Open fires and wood burners aren't the most environmentally friendly method of heating your home, although a roaring fire...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 00:01



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Love Food, Hate Waste

by Faith Pashley Food waste is a global problem. When food breaks down at landfill sites, it releases harmful greenhouse gases like methane into the atmosphere. Approximately 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions relate to food waste. If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 14/01/2020 - 00:01



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2020-2029: a decade for action on climate #ForPeopleForPlanet

A new decade brings new challenges. 2020 started with news from Australia about the devastating bush wildfires. The link with the climate emergency is clear – Australia has experienced one of its hottest and driest summers on record. The call for the 2020s to be a decade of action and delivery for...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 08/01/2020 - 00:00



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Cornwall’s keeping it local with green energy revolution

Cornwall is one of Britain’s leading counties when it comes to the burgeoning green economy. There’s little wonder: it’s one of the sunniest parts of the UK, with up to 1600 hours of sunshine a year, while boasting abundant coastline and advantageous wind conditions. It seems a place made for solar...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 07/01/2020 - 01:00



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2020 a new decade: ten years of progress

As we start a new decade, it’s clearer than ever that we’re running out of time. We need to take action to mitigate the climate emergency now. The UK has officially adopted a target of 2050 to reach Net Zero carbon emissions, which means reducing the amount of emissions generated from heating our...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 02/01/2020 - 01:00



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New Year’s Energy Saving Resolutions

Traditionally we start thinking about resolutions as we move into a new year. So we thought of a few energy-saving related resolutions to take us into 2020. According to a YouGov poll of 2,000 people in the US, the most common New Year’s resolutions were to eat more healthily, get more exercise and...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 30/12/2019 - 01:00



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On the Road with StEVie – Energy Saving Trust’s electric car

by Silvia Manzoni During the last week of October, Energy Saving Trust's transport technical team embarked on a 10-day adventure with StEVie, our trusty electric pool car based at the Edinburgh office. Our mission: to visit and speak with nine of the 11 local authorities that successfully secured...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Fri, 20/12/2019 - 01:35