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Five top tips for choosing the right wood pellets

Posted by David Fields on 31 October 2011 at 5:30 am

Five top tips for choosing the right wood pellets

Since the announcement of the Renewable Heat Incentive an increasing number of homeowners and businesses are looking to new and innovative ways to power and heat their property. Alongside solar panels and heat pumps, wood pellet boilers are emerging as one of the most efficient ways to generate …

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Future of feed-in tariff leaks out early (revised)

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 28 October 2011 at 8:47 pm

The consultation on the review of the feed-in tariff for solar PV is due to be announced in parliament on Monday 31 October. However, the significant element for the domestic market has leaked out early: the new rate to be consulted on is 21p per kWh (compared to a current rate of 43.3p). This…

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Future of feed-in tariff leaks out early

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 28 October 2011 at 9:57 am

The consultation on the review of the feed-in tariff for solar PV is due to be announced in parliament on Monday 31 October. However, the significant element for the domestic market has leaked out early: the new rate to be consulted on is 21p per kWh (compared to a current rate of 43.3p). This will …

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How to bring sunlight into a dark room

Posted by Tim Pullen on 28 October 2011 at 8:51 am

How to bring sunlight into a dark room

Q: Are solar tubes a good idea? A: Solar tubes – also known as sun pipes, sun tunnels or light pipes – could also be called remote windows (but they are not). They are a way of bringing daylight to rooms or spaces with no natural lighting. They consist of a light collector – essential…

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Future of feed-in tariff to be announced next week

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 28 October 2011 at 6:10 am

Future of feed-in tariff to be announced next week

"I haven't come here to kill the [feed-in] tariff scheme, I want to fix it, enhance it and put the whole industry on a sustainable, credible economic path to a bright and exciting future," said energy and climate change minister Greg Barker yesterday, speaking at the Solar Power UK conference in Bir…

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How to protect yourself against feed-in tariff cuts

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 26 October 2011 at 4:55 am

How to protect yourself against feed-in tariff cuts

It's generally accepted that the rates of return on the feed-in tariff are much more generous than was planned and that a cut is due (although there's much debate about how big that cut should be). Until recently, the reduction was expected to take place from 1 April 2012. Suddenly the rumour-mil…

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Keep warm; spend less

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 October 2011 at 5:28 am

Keep warm; spend less

Being cold is miserable. Yet, as energy prices rocket, lots of people will be cold this winter. The dominant narrative about how to get round this focuses on knocking the big six energy companies, and urges us to swap supplier to find a lower price. While I don't argue with this, it's also a grea…

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When eligibility for the feed-in starts: the definitive answer

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 21 October 2011 at 6:02 am

When eligibility for the feed-in starts: the definitive answer

"What is the start date for my feed-in tariff payments?" and variations on it must be the most frequently asked question we get here at YouGen. Is it the date it's commissioned? Or the date the electricity company gets your application? And what happens if they lose it? Well I've just checked wit…

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Five key ways to get the best from your solar hot water system

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 19 October 2011 at 1:17 am

Five key ways to get the best from your solar hot water system

Solar hot water systems work best when the user takes control of them, yet only 36 per cent of the householders taking part in the Energy Saving Trust's solar hot water field trial said that their installer gave them information on how they might make best use of their system.   When they di…

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User control is vital for best performing solar water heating

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 18 October 2011 at 3:23 am

User control is vital for best performing solar water heating

The way householders use their solar thermal system is critical to getting the best results from solar water heating systems, according to new research. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is calling on installers to give better advice to users on how to control their solar water heating: in terms of volu…

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