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My electricity meter is running backwards: who is responsible?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 6 June 2012 at 10:05 am

My electricity meter is running backwards: who is responsible?

Q: My solar PV clients are seeing their electricity meters running backward now that the days are longer, and they are unsure how they should treat this with their electricity supplier now that they have become aware. My understanding is that the supplier remains responsible for accurately m…

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How to switch your feed-in tariff (FIT) provider

Posted by Kate Turner on 1 June 2012 at 10:45 am

How to switch your feed-in tariff (FIT) provider

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme has been running for over two years now, and more than 250,000 installations have been registered since it was launched in 2010. But what happens when the service from the FIT provider isn’t up to scratch and you decide to change your FIT provider? How easy is i…

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Monitor and check: one of the key lessons for the Green Deal

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 31 May 2012 at 11:49 am

Green Deal measures must be checked and monitored after installation to ensure that the quality is good and they are achieving the expected levels of performance. Speaking at yesterday's FLASH Green Deal Conference, organised by the Institute of Sustainability, Paul Ruyssevelt of the Technology S…

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Quit whingeing and make the Green Deal work!

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 31 May 2012 at 9:37 am

Quit whingeing and make the Green Deal work!

OK, the words in the headline are mine but, as Peter Rickaby of energy and environmental consultants Rickaby Thompson pointed out yesterday, the Green Deal is "the only game in town. "It's probably not perfect," he said. "It will take us a while to get it right; and it's up to us to make it happe…

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Win a GEO Minim Home Energy Monitor

Posted by Gilly Jones on 29 May 2012 at 11:50 am

Win a GEO Minim Home Energy Monitor

YouGen is giving away a GEO Minim Home Energy Monitor worth £20. To thank you for Liking our Facebook page before the end of June, we will enter you in the draw to win. Energy bills have risen by 140% in 8 years. But with bills arriving once a quarter, after you've used the electricity, it can…

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The pros and cons of plug-in solar PV panels

Posted by Paul Hutchens on 28 May 2012 at 9:42 am

The pros and cons of plug-in solar PV panels

Q: Have you seen plug in solar panels from The Solar Electricity Company and have you any information or comment please. A: This is a new idea; although by no means a new technology. Such systems have been installed on a standalone basis before. The idea is simple; the solar electricity system is…

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The impact of the new feed-in tariff rates for small scale solar PV

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 May 2012 at 1:09 pm

The impact of the new feed-in tariff rates for small scale solar PV

Feed-in tariff rates for solar PV installations of 4kW or less will fall from 21p to 16p per kWh from 1 August 2012. This was just one of the changes announced by energy minister Greg Barker in the House of Commons today. He also announced that from 1 August the export rate will increase from 3.…

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Readers' renewable energy tips of the month

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 May 2012 at 12:02 pm

Readers' renewable energy tips of the month

We love reading your stories and tips of what works (and doesn't work) for you. Here are this month's favourites: Where you site your air source heat pump is important, as this succinct message from Lizlaw confirms: "Our heat pump warms the house and water consistently, reliably and saves us m…

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How free solar panels can affect your mortgage

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 May 2012 at 9:07 am

How free solar panels can affect your mortgage

Q: Will installing solar panels impact on my mortgage? A: Recently the Guardian published an article about a couple that had been refused a mortgage by a number of lenders as they had installed "free" solar panels on their roof, through a "rent-a-roof" scheme. This couple thought they had don…

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Step by step guide to rating your installer on YouGen

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 22 May 2012 at 10:50 am

Step by step guide to rating your installer on YouGen

Word of mouth is the best way to find good products and services, whatever the subject. Here at YouGen we aim to amplify word of mouth, by putting it on the internet. The more feedback a company gets, the better the picture prospective customers will have. So here's a guide to how to rate your in…

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RHI makes some commercial solar hot water systems very attractive

Posted by Gabriel Wondrausch on 21 May 2012 at 9:39 am

RHI makes some commercial solar hot water systems very attractive

Solar thermal was by far the most cost effective renewable energy technology on the market a few years ago. Since the government support schemes have been introduced, first for renewable electricity generating systems via the feed-in tariff and now through the renewable heat incentive (RHI) for non-…

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Buyer beware: don't believe everything a cold caller tells you about solar PV!

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 18 May 2012 at 10:10 am

Buyer beware: don't believe everything a cold caller tells you about solar PV!

Do you know what the difference is between daylight and sunlight? Is there one? I was under the impression that we only have daylight thanks to the sun. Not according to a solar PV salesman who rang me recently. I'm on the telephone preference service, so I don't get many unsolicited phone calls.…

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Solar PV remains one of the best investments around say trade bodies

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 16 May 2012 at 8:40 am

Solar PV remains one of the best investments around say trade bodies

Thanks to drastically falling costs, solar PV remains one of the best investments around, according to the four trade bodies which represent the British solar industry. They have joined together to debunk the myth that it is no longer attractive. The reasons they give for that claim is that it shiel…

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Solar PV Installers can benefit twice if they invest in training to be a Domestic Energy Assessor.

Posted by Pete Roberts on 14 May 2012 at 9:40 am

Solar PV Installers can benefit twice if they invest in training to be a Domestic Energy Assessor.

With the Green Deal starting in October this year and the new EPC requirements for the feed-in tariffs, there is now more reason than ever to diversify and train to become a Domestic Energy Assessor. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirement for feed-in tariffs came into force on 1 Apr…

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How to choose a tumble dryer: vented or condenser?

Posted by Ross Lammas on 11 May 2012 at 9:21 am

How to choose a tumble dryer: vented or condenser?

OK, we know the most energy efficient way to dry our clothes is outdoors, but modern lifestyles don’t always allow for this, and a tumble dryer, for a busy family, is often seen as a necessity. But should you choose a vented or a condenser tumble dryer? And what else should you look for? …

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How to choose the best low energy lighting

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 May 2012 at 9:14 am

How to choose the best low energy lighting

Traditionally we've measured the strength of our lightbulbs in watts. A 40 watt incandescent light bulb was dim, a 100 watt one was bright. However, that measure was misleading. Watts are a measure of power consumption, not of light. A 100 watt incandescent bulb needed 100 watts of electricity to…

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Comparing light bulbs: upfront costs vs running costs

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 8 May 2012 at 9:10 am

Comparing light bulbs: upfront costs vs running costs

Do you know the difference in annual energy costs of an LED (light emitting diode) lightbulb and a halogen bulb? You probably know that halogens are cheaper to buy, and more expensive to run, but do you know how great that difference is? I didn't, until I visited the tp24 stand at Ecobuil…

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Switch energy supplier to get the best deal

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 4 May 2012 at 9:31 am

Switch energy supplier to get the best deal

Have you switched energy supplier since the industry was deregulated? If the answer is no (and it will be for about half of you), you are almost certainly not getting the best deal. Energy companies have a complex maze of different rates, and the only thing you can be sure about is that if you've be…

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Rumours of solar PVs death have been greatly exaggerated

Posted by Paul Hutchens on 2 May 2012 at 9:26 am

Rumours of solar PVs death have been greatly exaggerated

Like many people, I have noticed the drop in installations of solar PV since the introduction of energy efficiency (EPC) requirements on April 1 this year. With DECC publishing weekly data on the feed-in tariff scheme’s capacity, I am not alone. It has been suggested in the press and by some in…

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New MCS heat pump standard should improve performance

Posted by Chris Davis on 30 April 2012 at 11:11 am

New MCS heat pump standard should improve performance

Are you thinking of installing a heat pump? Well there’s good news for householders and businesses in the shape of new standards to improve the performance of heat pump installations. Snappily titled “MIS3005 v3.1a”, the new standard affects all new heat pump systems since 1 March 2012 and …

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