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Energy and water efficiency at home Topten UK home appliances

Topten Energy: Your independent guide to energy efficient appliances

Energy Saving Trust have been in charge of Topten UK since 2015 – an initiative somewhat unsurprisingly set up to highlight the leading products for energy efficiency. It's all about making the market clearer for consumers looking to make the best choice, with low running costs and environmental...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/08/2016 - 15:19



Energy and water efficiency at home renovation home improvements

How do you renovate your flat and keep neighbours on side?

By Simon Burton Many people have difficulties with their neighbours, and in flats one has lots of neighbours. We have strict rules in our block of nearly 200 flats: when one can do building works, when you can play music and when you must do nothing to disturb your neighbours. But we all have to...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Mon, 01/08/2016 - 08:31



Energy and water efficiency at home Scotland home improvements

Scotland: Interest free loans up to £15,000 to help make homes warmer

• New research: Scotland's a nation of home improvers • Creating space and improving comfort main priorities for homeowners • Impartial advice and financial support for home improvers in Scotland Cold draughts and contradictions were at the heart of the findings of new Energy Saving Trust research...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 25/07/2016 - 14:32



Energy and water efficiency at home electricity currents

New innovation in efficient use of electricity

• Prize-winning DC power system claims big energy savings • Avoiding inefficient conversions could play a role in carbon cuts An intriguing invention coming out of Merseyside promises big energy savings in computing. We got an independent view on the product's potential from an Energy Saving Trust...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/07/2016 - 16:09



Energy and water efficiency at home domestic solar PV renewables

Is solar power right for my home?

• Cuts in support have reduced installations • How to maximise your grid exports • How to maximise your payback Solar PV has become big news over the last few years; but from an astronomical rise in UK installations to cuts in financial support, sometimes it can be hard to see where things are at,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/05/2016 - 16:16



Energy and water efficiency at home energy storage solar power

Is energy storage about to go mainstream?

• Solar power driving battery interest • Germany, Australia, islands lead way • Storage could aid energy connectivity With one of the UK's biggest ever energy storage events taking place at Twickenham Stadium at the end of April, it looks like batteries could be about to go big. We spoke to Andy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 14/04/2016 - 16:16



Energy and water efficiency at home data ECO

Data initiative helps those most in need keep on top of their energy bills

• Initiative hits the 100,000th mark • New tie up with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) • Hassle factor removed for householders, installers and suppliers The dialogue around green issues can often be dominated by trailblazing technology, massive infrastructure and policy positions, but...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/04/2016 - 14:05



Energy and water efficiency at home Renewable Heat Incentive

What are the changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive?

• Incentive to be supported for next five years • Changes will see refocusing of scheme • What it means for those considering green heating The government has committed to supporting renewable heat until 2020/21 – but change is afoot for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, with a consultation...

Submitted by Joseph Cosier on Mon, 21/03/2016 - 16:36



Energy and water efficiency at home Solar

Are home renewables right for you?

A lot has changed in the field of domestic renewable energy recently. Solar power has taken off, while some incentives have changed, and others have been introduced. So, does green energy at home still make sense? And what should you look out for if you're thinking of taking the plunge? Let us...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:57



Energy and water efficiency at home Christmas Christmas energy-saving tips

9 Christmas energy tips

This Christmas, when things are getting hectic, you will want to stay comfortable in your home and in control of your energy bills. It’s an expensive time of year and these simple steps can make all the difference. 1. Switch to LEDs LED Christmas lights use 90 per cent less energy than incandescent...

Submitted by Richard Kay on Fri, 04/12/2015 - 09:34