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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge

Students from around the world have the opportunity to design affordable, energy-efficient appliances as part of a new Design Challenge. Over the next two years, students from universities in the UK, Kenya, Uganda and Bangladesh will rise to the challenge of designing off-grid appliances that will...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 23:01



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Harnessing excess heat from public transport

Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of travelling on the London underground network knows how hot it can get in some of the deeper tunnels. Temperatures of over 40C have been reported in the past, although Transport for London’s top figure for August 2017 was actually 31.4C – still toasty...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 04/09/2019 - 23:53



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Loft conversions and energy saving

Loft conversions are a popular choice to expand a home’s living space. Telltale skips and scaffolding are particularly prevalent in more expensive areas, where homeowners are anxious to make the most of any extra square footage. Some estimates put the number of loft conversions in London at around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 11:56



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Developing community energy, with some help from Europe

Energy generated and used in local areas opens up a level of independence from the big, dominant energy companies. It can bring a range of community benefits in its wake, from reducing fuel poverty to bringing individualised advice and support to households. The EU has a broad target for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 00:01



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Energy Saving Trust: supporting district heating in Scotland

Scotland aims to decarbonise its heating system by 2050. District heating , where heat is supplied from low-carbon sources via energy centres and a system of insulated pipes to homes, businesses and organisations over a local area, can play a significant part in achieving this. Indeed, the Scottish...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 27/08/2019 - 00:15



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Inequality in support for home energy efficiency across UK

Most of us would like to improve the energy efficiency of our property if given the opportunity and there is financial support available to help that happen. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make energy efficiency improvements in your home but many large-scale improvements, such as installing a...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 23:30



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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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Seven steps to saving energy at home

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal We use energy at home every day, from making a morning cup of tea, watering our plants right through to when we turn off the TV before bed. And at night we’ve still got refrigerators, freezers and boilers working away, phones charging and other devices on standby. So with this...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 23:09



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Why water efficiency matters

In the UK, it’s easy to take for granted that water will flow out of the tap when you turn it on, now and into the future. But are things really that simple? There’s a stark phrase commonly used in the water industry: the jaws of death . Simply put, it means the point where rising demand for water...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 11:48



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Fuel poverty policy in Wales: taking inspiration from Scotland

by Max Lacey-Barnacle and David Weatherall Welsh Government is set to publish a new fuel poverty strategy for Wales by spring 2020. We don’t yet know the specifics of the new strategy – but Scotland could provide some policy inspiration. Scotland is spending more per person on energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 23:54