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Passivhaus: what you need to know

Passivhaus, literally passive house in English, refers to buildings created to rigorous energy efficient design standards so that they maintain an almost constant temperature. Passivhaus buildings are so well constructed, insulated and ventilated that they retain heat from the sun and the...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 00:37



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New Charging Electric Vehicles guidance

by Shani Kotecha In 2018, one in every 12 cars purchased was an electric vehicle, with an estimated 206,000 plug-in cars now on the roads in the UK . The growth in charging infrastructure has reflected this, steadily increasing to 17,000 public charge points across the UK by April 2019. Electric...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 11/06/2019 - 08:30



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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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Climate emergency - what's the story?

It's been hard to miss activity around environmental policy in recent weeks, with school strikes, Greta Thunberg visiting the UK, environmental protestors, David Attenbourgh's documentary on the BBC all adding to the discussion. On 1st May the UK Parliament approved a motion to declare a climate...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 29/05/2019 - 23:39



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Electric vs hybrid vehicles: which one would work for you?

If you’re thinking of investing in an ultra low-emission vehicle , surveying the options can appear to be a bit of a minefield. Here, we take a look at the two most common plug-in options – plug-in hybrids, which can run on electricity but also have a petrol or diesel engine, and pure electric...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 27/05/2019 - 23:23



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Buying an electric vehicle? Look for EVA approved retailers

by Shani Kotecha Energy Saving Trust and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are endorsing a new accreditation scheme for electric vehicle retailers. Developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), the Electric Vehicle Approved scheme aims to support people who want to buy...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 22/05/2019 - 23:00



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Dcarbonise Conference and Exhibition 2019

By Wendy Harrison Last week saw the very first Dcarbonise Conference and Exhibition take place at the SEC Glasgow. As Scotland’s only dedicated event for the low-carbon built environment and transport solutions, we were delighted to be one of the three sponsors, along with the Scottish Government...

Submitted by Alexandra Dunsf... on Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:07



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Five ways to save energy and money – at home and on the move

Not everything that saves energy or reduces fuel use requires major investment. Nor is heaps of up-front cost needed to make long-term cash savings. There are a number of steps you can take at home and how you get about that will save energy and money. To help you out, we’ve compiled five ways you...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 23:01



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How to switch supplier and shop around to save on your energy bills

We compare prices for many things in life, yet many of us don’t think about doing this when it comes to our energy bills. Many people, particularly those who are on their supplier’s standard variable tariffs could be paying too much for their energy. A 2014 Ofgem survey found that more than half (...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 13/05/2019 - 23:01



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Prosperity for all: a low-carbon future for Wales

‘Decarbonisation offers enormous opportunities to create a vibrant and socially-just economy. We must make a difference and help create a society here in Wales that ensures well-being and tackles inequality as we decarbonise’ Cabinet Foreword, Prosperity for All report. Wales has only recently...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 23:08