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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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Ensuring the transport revolution works for all

Scotland is an interesting case study in the quest to ensure equality is at the heart of sustainable transport developments. With low-carbon transport as a major policy focus, Scottish Government’s transport goals include: phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/07/2019 - 23:01

29/07/2019

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What role does biomass have to play in our energy supply?

Biomass is a renewable energy source, generated from burning wood, plants and other organic matter, such as manure or household waste. It releases CO2 when burned, but considerably less than fossil fuels. We consider biomass a renewable energy source, if the plants or other organic materials being...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 23:43

17/07/2019

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Green innovations: what happened next?

From time to time, we’ve covered the latest in green technological innovations that are sparking debate. But once the early hype’s over, how do these technologies develop and push towards the mainstream? We’ve checked back in with five technologies we wrote about back a few years ago, to see what’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/07/2019 - 23:00

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The present and future of UK solar power

At first glance, the picture doesn’t appear particularly pretty for solar PV in the UK right now. The highly-successful Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme , which paid those installing electricity-generating solar panels a rate for both what they generate and put back on the grid, closed to new applicants...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 23:17

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Can your toilet generate electricity?

Turning toilets green The amount of water flushed down our toilets is considerable – in fact, it’s the second biggest use of water in the home behind showering. There must be a way to harness all this moving water, right? Well actually, the technology does seem to be there to turn toilets into a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 04/07/2019 - 08:45

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Energy Saving Trust: working with fleets to improve air quality

Air pollution in the UK has been described as a ‘public health emergency’, and no wonder. The Every breath we take report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health attributed 40,000 deaths in the UK every year to poor air quality, at a cost of £...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/06/2019 - 23:01

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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

27/05/2019

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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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Future homes: housing over the next 20 years

Looking at energy use in the home, the last century has seen extraordinary transformation, as relative affluence and technological advancement drove new devices and behaviours. In the last decade the speed of change has accelerated further, pushed on by the digital revolution.The change in energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 14:39

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Chocolate: the sustainability cost

Chocolate is big business, and not just at Easter. The average UK citizen spends £75.25 a year on it, with the chocolate confectionery sector worth £5,039m overall. Holiday-themed goodies are on the rise worldwide, with rises in Easter chocolate production of just under 25% in recent years...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 11/04/2019 - 09:00

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