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Coolproducts, the Restart Project and repairability

‘Single-use’ was named the word of 2018 by Collins dictionary. Certainly, how we see waste has changed, triggered in part by footage of plastic in the sea, in the BBC’s Blue Planet documentary. This week, the EU took action, agreeing new laws to reduce single-use plastics. Plastic bags and non-...

Submitted by StewMuir on Mon, 24/12/2018 - 00:30

24/12/2018

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Energy and water efficiency at home energy saving quiz

What kind of energy saver are you?

We’ve all got our own reasons for wanting to save energy. For some people it’s a smart move because it’s a way to save money on bills, for others it’s about protecting the environment by using fewer resources. So what sort of energy saver are you? Take our quiz to find out. NB. not to be taken too...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 20/12/2018 - 11:26

20/12/2018

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Transport transport emissions testing vehicle labelling

WLTP and changes to car fuel consumption labelling

Changes to the emissions test for cars and vans mean we can expect to see more accurate fuel consumption labelling and classification for vehicle taxation purposes. Every vehicle produced by manufacturers has to undergo laboratory testing to determine its fuel consumption and emission levels,...

Submitted by Ian Featherstone on Thu, 13/12/2018 - 00:01

13/12/2018

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Energy and water efficiency at home Christmas energy efficiency food waste carbon footprint

Season’s Greetings – wishing you a merry (sustainable) Christmas

The Christmas season is typically described as one of excess, but it doesn’t have to literally cost the Earth. We take a look at some ideas to make your Christmas more environmentally and pocket friendly. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Around 8 million real Christmas trees are bought every...

Submitted by Bethany Picton on Tue, 11/12/2018 - 00:00

11/12/2018

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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 and water efficiency at home Christmas shopping Christmas energy consumption

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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Green strategy and politics Scotland St Andrew's Day renewable energy

Scotland - leading the way in energy efficiency

Scotland will be raising a glass to toast Andrew, its apostle and patron saint on 30 November, even though the Galilee fisherman’s Caledonian connections are tenuous to say the least. Legend has it his remains were buried in a chapel in his namesake Fife fishing town, and he was apparently...

Submitted by IanMountford on Wed, 28/11/2018 - 16:51

28/11/2018

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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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