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Freezers: out of sight, out of mind, and eating electricity

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 December 2011 at 9:49 am

Freezers: out of sight, out of mind, and eating electricity

'Now here is a serious energy saver,' writes David Ham, one of our shortlisted contributors. 'For years we have run without question - out of sight out of mind - two modestly sized freezers purchased probably 15 years ago. Over the summer with no heating on I questioned why our utility room always …

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Help us choose the best energy efficiency case study

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 December 2011 at 2:18 pm

Help us choose the best energy efficiency case study

Next week we will publish the five shortlisted stories in our competition for the best practical energy efficiency stories submitted by a YouGen visitor.  We’ll post a new one up each day, and we hope you will let us know which you think deserves to win. You can do that by adding a comment be…

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Homebuyer & sellers' guide to reading an EPC: part 2

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 25 November 2011 at 10:30 am

Homebuyer & sellers' guide to reading an EPC: part 2

Energy performance certificate (EPC) gives information that can be very helpful to both homebuyers and homesellers, but only if you know what to do with it. This article should be read in conjunction with previous guides to reading page one of the EPC for the buyers and renters, and for sellers. I w…

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Reducing your energy bills: how to find efficient appliances

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 23 November 2011 at 9:20 am

Reducing your energy bills: how to find efficient appliances

How we buy and use electrical appliances in the home has a significant impact on how much electricity we consume - and thus, how high our bills are. So how do we make sure that we buy the most efficient appliance for our needs? With difficulty, it seems, according to The Elephant in the Living Ro…

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Products are more energy efficient, yet household electricity use is going up

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 21 November 2011 at 10:20 am

Products are more energy efficient, yet household electricity use is going up

Despite buying more energy-efficient products than ever before, energy use in the home is on the rise. This is because we are using more gadgets than we used to, and we are using them differently. In a new report, The Elephant in the Living Room, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) points out that: "w…

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How to stop draughts coming through your floor boards: a case study

Posted by Gilly Jones on 18 November 2011 at 8:34 am

How to stop draughts coming through your floor boards: a case study

As I have no DIY skills to speak of, I was particularly pleased with my recent effort to reduce the draughts whistling through the floor boards in my newly revamped bathroom. After a bit of research on the Internet, I sceptically ordered a roll of StopGap, a flexible springy plastic strip which…

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My top five energy saving tips

Posted by Adrian Wright on 3 November 2011 at 3:03 am

My top five energy saving tips

1) Insulate!! Insulation is a no brainer. Why allow all of that expensive heat to escape through your walls and roof when you can receive grant funding from energy suppliers to have your home professionally insulated?  Enact Energy can now do this for you completely free of charg…

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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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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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Are carbon savings from CERT as big as they seem?

Posted by Adrian Wright on 15 September 2011 at 5:21 am

Are carbon savings from CERT as big as they seem?

Ofgem has just released a report summarising the activity of the last three years of the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT). This four year scheme requires energy suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions by 292 million tonnes from homes in Britain or receive a huge fine. The activities the energy …

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