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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Why we should all be saving water

Water is a precious resource – but it can’t be taken for granted. Climate change, and the more extreme weather that comes with it, means that water supply is becoming more unpredictable than in years gone by. Increased frequency of drought across Europe lines up with climate projections . Water is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 05/02/2019 - 00:00

05/02/2019

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Green strategy and politics Waste to energy waste to power circular economy

Generating energy from waste: how it works

With world resources finite, and increasing public awareness of the harmful effects of our ‘throwaway culture’, a move towards what’s known as a circular economy seems a sensible option. In short, this means making products last longer, and recovering materials or other benefits from them when they...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 24/01/2019 - 12:01

24/01/2019

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Green finance: can it support home energy efficiency?

We took a general look at green finance in our last blog . Now, we’re looking more specifically at the role of green finance in funding home retrofit. NB. This article takes a general look at different ways that finance could be used to fund home retrofit. It is not intended as financial advice for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:00

17/01/2019

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What is green finance?

They say money makes the world go around. But when it comes to saving the planet, does it really all come down to finance? If we are to successfully transition to a green economy, it’s going to cost and so naturally the issue of how we pay for the transition is a key topic at every level of the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:56

11/01/2019

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Energy ratings: everything you need to know

Energy ratings come in a number of different forms, and while they’re there to help us make sound decisions based on the long-term running costs and greenhouse gas emissions of the products we use, they can sometimes be misunderstood. Here, we give a low-down on labels, and how to get the best out...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 13:10

08/01/2019

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Local and community energy District heating district heat generating heat

What is district heating?

District heating offers the promise of a neat solution for the supply of low-carbon heat to homes, businesses and public buildings. It’s all about taking energy released as heat from a varied range of energy sources, and connecting to energy consumers through a system of highly insulated pipes...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 06/12/2018 - 00:59

06/12/2018

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Energy efficient Christmas gifts

New gadgetry, lights everywhere, roasting food for hours: Christmas is hardly a time associated with energy efficiency. While previous years’ data surprisingly showed that as a whole, Britain uses around one-fifth less energy than usual over the Christmas period, you shouldn’t let that statistic...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 04/12/2018 - 15:52

04/12/2018

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Energy and water efficiency at home

Take control of your heating at home

Do you know how to heat your home to a comfortable temperature and keep bills low? Heating controls are there to make sure you stay in control of your heating and what you pay. It’s very tempting to turn the dial to 27°C and hope for the best at this time of year, but this will also trigger a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 30/11/2018 - 10:38

30/11/2018

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Dealing with damp at home

Damp properties cause misery for thousands of households across the UK. Figures from the English Housing Survey show 4% of the estimated 23 million households in England had rising damp or other damp problems in at least one room of their home [1] . The UK’s cold and wet climate contributes to the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 26/11/2018 - 16:50

26/11/2018

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Energy and water efficiency at home insulation energy bills; energy saving

Winter-proof your home and your energy bill

When it's feeling wintery, it's more important than ever to take steps to prevent heat escaping through your windows and doors. This will allow your home to stay warm and at a comfortable temperature, as well as ensuring your energy bills stay under control during the colder months. You can prevent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 20/11/2018 - 12:02

20/11/2018

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