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Money isn't the only motivator for energy efficiency retrofits

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 August 2011 at 9:06 am

Money isn't the only motivator for energy efficiency retrofits

Improved comfort, home improvement and rising energy costs were all motivating factors in encouraging people to improve the energy efficiency of their home, as well the resulting savings in their energy bills. These are the findings of a pilot project undertaken by the London Borough of Sutton, B…

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Incentives, education and more power to the consumer are the way forward for successful energy efficiency retrofit

Posted by Matthew Rhodes on 27 July 2011 at 9:45 am

Incentives, education and more power to the consumer are the way forward for successful energy efficiency retrofit

I was astonished to discover today that I last blogged about Retrofit for the Future over 18 months ago, in October 2009, when I was optimistic about the scheme and the way it seemed to be mobilising the whole sector to think about innovation and change. Since then Encraft has been lucky enough t…

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Ashden Awards winner lists ways to increase uptake of retrofit

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 18 July 2011 at 10:20 am

Ashden Awards winner lists ways to increase uptake of retrofit

Hampshire-based Radian housing association won the Gold at this year's Ashden Awards, for an ambitious and innovative programme of retrofitting hard-to-treat homes and building eco-homes that far exceed the current minimum standards for energy efficiency. Paul Ciniglio, Radian's sustainability a…

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Smart meter introduction moves into phase 2

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 14 July 2011 at 11:31 am

Smart meter introduction moves into phase 2

Mass installation of smart meters into every house and business in the UK is planned to start in 2014 and complete in 2019. Between now and then, 'early mover' suppliers such as British Gas will begin installing smart meters as part of a testing and foundation phase of the plan. Smart meters will…

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Why bother optimise voltage?

Posted by Matt Cody on 13 July 2011 at 9:12 am

Why bother optimise voltage?

This is an often-asked question. The simple answer is that it prevents energy waste that virtually all homes in the UK suffer as a result of electricity typically being provided at the higher end of the statutory range - and therefore saves energy, reduces carbon emissions and saves money. …

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EPCs should make financial benefits clearer says Consumer Focus

Posted by Linn Rafferty on 30 June 2011 at 12:08 pm

EPCs should make financial benefits clearer says Consumer Focus

Clarity, credibility and comparability are key if EPCs are to be meaningful for consumers, and lead to them increasing the energy efficiency of their home, according to a new report from Consumer Focus. Published today, Easy as EPC looks at the content and format of the Energy Performance Certificat…

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Can wooden doors be as energy efficient as uPVC?

Posted by Tim Pullen on 27 June 2011 at 10:05 am

Can wooden doors be as energy efficient as uPVC?

Q: I need to fit a new back door and want to make it as energy efficient as possible, but my carpenter seems a bit ignorant about what is the best way to go about this. I want to install a wooden door, not uPVC. Should I fit a sill? Or will it rot? It will sit on concrete. Or is one of those brush …

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Small companies in danger of being excluded from Green Deal delivery

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 16 June 2011 at 1:22 pm

Small companies in danger of being excluded from Green Deal delivery

There's concern that the Green Deal will be the preserve of a few big companies, unless its structure is carefully designed to let small companies in. This was one of the issues highlighted at a debate on the Green Deal at yesterday's Ashden Awards conference. Plain speaking was the order of …

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Renewable energy may be included in the Green Deal

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 7 June 2011 at 9:08 am

Renewable energy may be included in the Green Deal

The Government's announcement last week on measures being considered for inclusion in the Green Deal, and its thinking on consumer protection, went some way to allay criticisms of the scheme. The Green Deal is expected to offer loans of up to £10,000 over a period of up to 25 years. To qualify f…

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Does the g-save reduce gas bills?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 26 April 2011 at 11:26 am

Does the g-save reduce gas bills?

I've been testing the g-save economiser since the end of November last year. As described previously, it is a widget that claims to save up to 30% on your gas bill - but does it work? Well, I'm afraid that even after three and a half month's testing the jury is still out. I've got gas meter readi…

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