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Archive for June, 2011

Government Must Get All Lofts and Cavity Walls Insulated By 2015

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) the Government needs to commit to insulating all lofts and cavity walls by 2015, or face reneging on legally binding emissions levels. A report by the CCC to Parliament on the progress on carbon budgets found that the Government was off course on meeting reductions to emissions […]

The DIY Eco-Home

After more than a decade of planning, a father and daughter are finally building a new eco-friendly home – the exterior of which should take only three days to complete. Tucker and Kirstie Finlayson conceived the idea to build the three bedroom environmentally friendly home in West Hampstead some 12 years ago, but numerous problems […]

‘Tea Cosy’ House Could be Blueprint For Future Low Carbon Homes

Research by the University of Salford’s energy hub has found that houses built thirty years ago are more energy efficient than homes built to the latest standards. The ‘tea cosy’ house design created by the University of Salford in the mid-1970s, was built in the early 1980s for low-income council tenants, and could provide a […]

Bedford College Leading Push to Train Unemployed in Green Jobs

Recent Government initiatives have seen a push towards promoting sustainable businesses, by encouraging them to take advantage of new business opportunities within the new low carbon economic sectors. Bedford College is getting in on the act, by leading a regional push to offer free training in ‘green’ renewable energy jobs to the unemployed. The European […]

Gloucestershire Council to Cut £100k in Energy Bills

A local authority in Gloucestershire is set to lower its energy bills by more than £100,000 by signing up to the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Carbon Management scheme. Wyre Forest District Council in Gloucestershire is also hoping to reduce its carbon emissions by more than three million tonnes over the lifetime of the programme, which […]

Poor Will Be Hit the Hardest By Green Energy Tax

The Government’s new green ‘stealth’ tax could end up pushing thousands of households into fuel poverty, which could potentially give climate policies a bad name. That’s according to the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), one of the UK’s leading progressive think tanks. The green ‘stealth’ tax – which is due to be implemented in […]

Britain’s Largest Solar Array Connects to Grid

The largest array of solar panels in Britain has been connected to the National Grid, supplying ‘green’ energy to the Howbery Business Park in Oxfordshire. Approximately one quarter of the business park’s energy needs will be provided by the array, which consists of 3,000 solar PV panels generating around 682 MWh per year. The equivalent […]

Third Annual Greenbuild Expo

The third annual Greenbuild Expo – a sustainable refurbishment and building event – takes place later this week, on 29th and 30th June, at Manchester Central. The 2011 programme of workshops and seminars will give visitors the opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s leading names. Highlights will include Steve Gray from Cool Planet […]

‘Switch to the Best Deal’ Deadline Given to Energy Firms

The Government is urging energy providers to bring forward voluntary plans to enable customers to switch to the best deals available, or face legislation which would force them to do so. In an open letter to the bosses of electricity and gas providers, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is calling for them to offer their ideas […]

Now’s the Time to Insulate Your Home

The National Insulation Association is urging homeowners to try and combat rising energy costs by ensuring that their homes are properly insulated. Highlighting the benefits of installing insulation, Bev Coombe, membership and communications manager for the National Insulation Association, said that there has never been a better time to improve home insulation: “Householders can save […]