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Energy demand since lock down: how to get the cheapest energy

Posted by Caitlin Latimer on 4 June 2020 at 3:47 pm

Energy demand since lock down: how to get the cheapest energy

Lockdown is having a strange effect on energy usage in the UK. You may have noticed a rise in your energy bills due to staying home more, however the opposite is happening on a wider scale. Electricity use across the country is significantly lower than it should be at this time of year, due to bu…

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Energy industry taking steps to reduce dependence on greenhouse gas sulphur hexafluoride

Posted by NEF Jemma on 19 May 2020 at 2:37 pm

Energy industry taking steps to reduce dependence on greenhouse gas sulphur hexafluoride

If you're walking down the right path, eventually you'll make progress. – Barack Obama The former president was only half right, unfortunately, when he made his famous remark. As all of us know only too well, if you’re headed down the wrong path and you keep going, you wil…

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Government announces plans for the future of green heat

Posted by Anna Carlini on 15 May 2020 at 4:21 pm

Government announces plans for the future of green heat

An eagerly awaited consultation on the decarbonisation of heat has produced proposals with significant implications for the domestic green heat sector. Ongoing until July, the consultation has produced encouraging information on the replacement of the Renewable Heat Incentive and has revealed pla…

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How do hydrogen fuel cells actually work?

Posted by Zoe Bodinetz on 1 May 2020 at 3:45 pm

How do hydrogen fuel cells actually work?

Hydrogen fuel cells have been hailed as the ‘fuel of the future’, because of their efficient and environmentally friendly potential. They can be up to 3 times more efficient than the combustion engines usually seen in cars, and only produce water and heat as waste products. KPMG&r…

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How to save energy whilst working from home

Posted by Caitlin Latimer on 14 April 2020 at 9:53 am

How to save energy whilst working from home

As we are currently in lockdown many of us are unexpectedly settling into a new routine of working from home. Amidst juggling childcare, working long hours and feeling anxiety during a global pandemic, the last thing we need is to be worrying about bigger-than-usual energy bills. Although it is i…

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Good energy news you might have missed

Posted by Anna Carlini on 8 April 2020 at 1:44 pm

Good energy news you might have missed

In these challenging times many of us are glued to the latest headlines. We scroll and scroll through the news on our phones and laptops in a bid to feel informed, but unfortunately we end up feeling more despondent and overwhelmed than before. However here at YouGen we believe there are good sto…

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Changes to price cap in 2020

Posted by Anna Carlini on 4 March 2020 at 4:29 pm

Changes to price cap in 2020

The energy price cap, protecting customers from rising energy costs, is lowering, it has recently been announced. The changes will mean an average of £17 saving per household, with average dual-fuel bills going down from £1,179 to £1,162 over a year. The cap will affect those on…

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12 switches every minute in 2019

Posted by Anna Carlini on 21 February 2020 at 12:06 pm

12 switches every minute in 2019

Here at YouGen we are very heartened by UK Energy’s latest report that more people switched energy supplier in 2019 than ever before. It states that a record-breaking 6.4 million households made the switch from their energy supplier over the last year. As we are always advocating to shop ar…

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Are solar powered trains the future?

Posted by Brychan Williams on 17 February 2020 at 2:43 pm

Are solar powered trains the future?

A rail line in Hampshire is the world’s first to be powered by solar energy. Since last summer, around 100 solar panels at the edge of a track near Aldershot began supplying renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Whilst this is onl…

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Air Pollution could be as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

Posted by Brychan Williams on 12 February 2020 at 2:54 pm

Air Pollution could be as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

Yes smoking is bad for your health but in some places the air you breathe could be as bad for you as 20 cigarettes a day. This is according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Washington and Columbia University, where they observed over 7,000 people across North Carolina, C…

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String inverters vs micro inverters: which is right for you?

Posted by Zoe Bodinetz on 3 February 2020 at 1:41 pm

String inverters vs micro inverters: which is right for you?

The electricity generated by solar panels is in ‘Direct Current’ (DC) form, which needs to be converted to ‘Alternating Current’ (AC) form before it can be used by customers. A system of solar panels will need an ‘invertor’ to change DC to AC, and there are two…

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2019: Electric vehicles in review

Posted by Giles Kirkland on 31 January 2020 at 12:17 pm

2019: Electric vehicles in review

As vehicle manufacturers and fuel coalition meet in Brussels to talk about consistency in defining alternative fuels that will drive the energy transition it’s a good moment to look back at 2019 and the advancements that were made in the EV industry. Long-term energy transition goals de…

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Carbon neutral social housing must be the future

Posted by Finn Goodall on 24 January 2020 at 4:29 pm

Carbon neutral social housing must be the future

One-quarter of the UK's carbon footprint is attributed to construction, demolition, and operation of UK housing. In 2015, the government scrapped a 2005 policy that new homes should be built to use zero carbon. They believed the extended planning process was not worth the investment, due to t…

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The duck-shaped barrier to solar energy

Posted by Zoe Bodinetz on 14 January 2020 at 11:29 am

The duck-shaped barrier to solar energy

The sun generates enough energy in one hour to satisfy global energy use for an entire year. With growing popularity and falling costs, it is difficult to understand why solar energy has not yet been fully incorporated into the electrical grid as a method of power generation. Yet, when we take a …

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Market failures and barriers in the energy sector

Posted by Zoe Bodinetz on 13 December 2019 at 11:38 am

Market failures and barriers in the energy sector

What are they and how can they be overcome? Why do we continue to live in houses that are energy inefficient even though it loses us money through high energy bills? Why do fossil fuels continue to be the cheapest option even though we know the dangers of using them? Why don’t mor…

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Driving environmental change around the world

Posted by Alison Vickers on 6 December 2019 at 9:37 am

Driving environmental change around the world

Making a new motor sport series in order to ‘draw attention to the earth’s environmental challenges’ may not inspire confidence to environmentalists around the world but have the founders of this project answered their critics? Extreme E was conceived in 2018 and is due to b…

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Are green number plates the solution for zero emissions by 2040?

Posted by Finn Goodall on 21 November 2019 at 9:46 am

Are green number plates the solution for zero emissions by 2040?

The UK government has recently announced a consoltation period for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) to have green number plates. The purpose for this new initiative is to help reach the ‘road to zero’ target, aiming to have all vehicles zero-emission by 2040. The central reason behi…

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Get your home ready for winter with £1000

Posted by Brychan Williams on 8 November 2019 at 9:36 am

Get your home ready for winter with £1000

In Part 1 of this blog series we looked at what energy efficiency improvements you could make to your home with £100. However, if you have a little more money to spend, the energy savings you could make are substantial. So what could you do with £1000 to get the most for your mone…

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Get your home ready for winter with £100

Posted by Brychan Williams on 31 October 2019 at 3:33 pm

Get your home ready for winter with £100

With the clocks going back at the weekend, many of us our now turning our attention to winter. If last year you struggled with the cold or found that your energy bills were too expensive, then hopefully we can assist you in making life a little more comfortable this winter. In Part 1 of this blog…

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ECO 3: the good, the bad and the frustrating

Posted by Alison Vickers on 14 October 2019 at 9:50 am

ECO 3: the good, the bad and the frustrating

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government scheme to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty across Great Britain. It began in 2013 and has had various iterations since then. The current policy began in December 2018 and is known as ECO3. The Department for Business, Energy and I…

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