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Energy Saving Help With Green Deal and ECO

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00November 14, 2014|saving-energy-home|

Green Deal update. Due to changes in Government policy Green Deal funding is no longer available for customers. We will update this page when we are have further information about any alternatives. There's an old saying that "an Englishman's home is his castle", but the problem is that, just like [...]

Could Solar Powered Flight Become a Reality?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00October 29, 2014|Transport|

According to Greek mythology, to escape imprisonment on Crete, the craftsman and inventor Daedalus made wings from wax and feathers for himself and his son Icarus. The legend then goes on to tell how Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wax melted, and he plunged into the sea [...]

Going Wild for Solar: How Solar Farms Can Boost Biodiversity

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00July 7, 2014|Green Energy|

It seems Britain is fast developing something of a love-affair with Solar Farms – those large, utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations that can generate 5 or 10 MW of electricity. There are some 18 schemes capable of generating 5MW or more in Wales alone, with a further 34 under construction or [...]

Algae Fuel: Can Pond Weed Really Help Wean Us Off Fossils Fuels?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00July 7, 2014|Transport|

It’s hard to think that the annoying slime that turns your pond water green in spring and early summer could be the future of biofuels – but that’s a possibility that a surprising range of research institutions, private firms, oil companies, NASA and even the Pentagon are looking at very [...]

Do Melting Ice Caps Mean New & Cheaper Arctic Shipping Routes?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00July 7, 2014|Transport|

Things are changing on the roof of the world. The amount of Arctic sea ice has been steadily declining since the 1970’s – the extent of the ice-caps shrinking at a rate of nearly 12% a decade for the past 30 years, according to the US National Snow and Ice [...]

Sun Secrets: Surprising Facts About Solar Energy and Our Nearest Star.

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00July 7, 2014|Energy Issues|

The Sun plays a pretty important part in all our lives – whether you’re considering its vital role as the primary source of energy on our planet, looking at its importance for growing food or simply hoping that it’ll shine for your weekend off! It’s always there and it’s always [...]

How Smart is a Smart Grid?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00June 13, 2014|saving-energy-home|

The world has become an increasingly ‘smart’ place, with in-built intelligence and enhanced functionality now coming as standard features in everything from bombs to phones – and now it seems the race is on to smarten up the grid too, and change the way we get our electricity forever. It [...]

Smart Meters: Giving Away Your Secrets to Save Energy?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00April 15, 2014|Energy Issues|

Smart meters are set to become an increasingly familiar item in our homes, as energy companies start a major campaign to roll out these devices across the country from 2015, as part of a Government mandated programme to install 53 million of them by 2020. Billed as the 'next generation' [...]

Can a Wood Burning Stove Reduce My Heating Bills?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00November 14, 2011|saving-energy-home|

The idea of providing a large proportion of your heating with a cosy wood burning stove may also seem like an attractive idea but when it comes to the bottom line, are you likely to save money and how soon can you expect to claw back the cost of your [...]

Buying Fairtrade Products – Does It Make A Difference?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00April 12, 2011|Greener Lifestyle|

Fairtrade products are widely available in supermarkets and many people never notice the label or understand what it means. But buying fair-trade products can make a real difference not only to producers in developing and resource poor countries, but also to the environment. Although not all fairtrade companies are Carbon [...]

Is it More Energy Efficient to Be Vegetarian?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:12+00:00April 10, 2011|Greener Lifestyle|

People decide to become vegetarian for many different reasons. A common one is the wish not to eat meat because they believe that keeping, raising and then killing animals for food is cruel and inhumane. That is very much a personal point of view that many people do not agree [...]

Are You Using the Right Shopping Bags?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00April 9, 2011|Greener Lifestyle|

Whenever you go out shopping, whether it is for food, clothes or general items, whatever you buy ends up in some sort of shopping bag. Supermarkets tend to have plenty of thin plastic bags, or you can buy reusable bags which can either be durable plastic or canvas. Designer shops [...]

The Latest Energy Saving Technology

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00January 19, 2011|Energy Saving Products|

The latest energy saving technology available anywhere in the world is showcased at the start of each year at the Consumer Electronic Show. This year it was held at the beginning of January in Las Vegas. Environmental Themes Although the Consumer Electronic Show is primarily for business, it is encouraging [...]

Can Supermarket Waste Be Reduced?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00January 17, 2011|Greener Lifestyle|

Supermarkets have long been criticised for the amount of waste food they throw away each year. Some waste is inevitable – supermarkets need to provide customers with a wide range of food and choice, and it is impossible to make sure that supply exactly meets demand. The problem is that [...]

The Energy Cost of a Hard Winter

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00January 17, 2011|Energy Issues|

The last two winters have been the coldest that the UK has seen for several years and have coincided with a general hike in prices for oil, coal and gas for domestic heating. This has meant that rather than conserving energy for environmental reasons, some people have been forced to [...]

European Initiatives for Waste Reduction

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00January 14, 2011|Energy Issues|

It is not just people here in the UK who are interested in preserving the environment for future generations. Every country in Europe is committed to environmental initiatives that conserve energy and reduce waste. The European Commission is running a major project called the Life Plus programme and one of [...]

Is 21st Century Self Sufficiency Possible?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00January 13, 2011|Greener Lifestyle|

The idea of self sufficiency is very appealing as a concept but difficult to achieve in reality. In the 21st century, everyone is more aware of the need to conserve energy and raw materials, and to end our reliance on fossil fuels. We are now in a very technological age, [...]

Natural Materials for Insulation

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00January 12, 2011|Greener Lifestyle|

New houses and buildings that are sustainable and that aim to be carbon neutral over the course of their useful life need to use materials that are as natural and ecofriendly as possible. Using synthetic insulation materials, which have a large manufacturing carbon footprint is no longer an option. Instead, [...]

Are Teenagers in the UK Eco Aware?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00November 23, 2010|Greener Kids|

Surveys show that most teenagers in the UK think it is good to be environmentally aware and many of them think their generation could do a better job of looking after the world compared to their parents. Having these opinions does not, however, often translate into their actions and teenagers [...]

Ebay and Electronics Recycling

By |2021-05-20T22:30:13+00:00November 18, 2010|Greener Lifestyle|

EBay, the online marketplace that allows people to sell their unwanted stuff or to sell goods as part of a cheap-to-run online business is more popular than ever. Launched in 1995, as an original idea by Pierre Omidyar, eBay has grown into a massive multinational organisation that is now available [...]

The Energy Efficient Home Office

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00July 30, 2010|saving-energy-home|

The concept of working from home and telecommuting has not yet become as widespread as it could, but having people working from home, either permanently, or on some days of the week, has the potential to save both money and environmental impact. A worker who is at home has more [...]

Energy Saving, but is it Money Saving?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00May 12, 2010|Energy Issues|

Saving energy is a good thing for the environment and the government is very keen for every individual in the UK to adopt a lifestyle that has a lower carbon footprint. For people with their own house, saving energy is a priority for saving money on fuel bills, as these [...]

What Are Smart Meters and Do they Save Energy?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00May 11, 2010|energy-saving|

Smart meters look set to be the next ‘must have’ energy saving gadget for every home. These are already available to buy in many shops and from a variety of online suppliers. Various feasibility studies that have investigated whether smart meters save money and power have produced conflicting results but [...]

Top Energy Saving Gizmos and Gadgets

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00May 10, 2010|Energy Saving Products|

Most of the measures that you can take to reduce your energy usage are relatively expensive or affect your lifestyle in a big way. Getting loft insulation, solar panels or a new energy efficient boiler can cost thousands and giving you your car to rely on a bike could mean [...]

How to Choose the Right Energy Efficient Windows

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00May 10, 2010|Energy Saving Products|

Everyone knows that having single glazed windows is a disaster as far as energy usage is concerned. Many houses already have double glazed windows and one of the objectives of the government is to refurbish many more homes in the next five years so that they have more energy efficient [...]

Edwardian Terrace Into the 21st Century: A Case Study

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00May 7, 2010|saving-energy-home|

The Roberts family live in a large Edwardian terrace in Reading, close to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where Chris used to work as a midwife. “When I turned 50 a couple of years ago, we calculated that I could retire early; I have been suffering from a bad back since [...]

What Are Feed in Tariffs?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00March 7, 2010|saving-energy-home|

Feed in tariffs are mentioned quite often in articles and discussions about renewable energy, but what exactly is a feed in tariff? Essentially, this term describes the situation in which a household uses renewable energy, or an energy efficient boiler, to provide for its own power needs. The small energy [...]

Can You Make a Stately Home Ecofriendly?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00March 3, 2010|saving-energy-home|

If you live in an ordinary house it is not that easy to be environmentally friendly and few of us can claim to have homes that are carbon neutral. Having a larger house makes things more difficult, so how would you approach becoming more environmentally friendly if you owned or [...]

What is the Boiler Scrappage Scheme?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:14+00:00February 25, 2010|saving-energy-home|

The boiler scrappage scheme follows on from the UK government’s recent initiative on car scrappage. It’s a scheme to encourage people with older, low efficiency boilers to invest in newer, more efficient models. The incentive is a £400 cheque towards the cost. To be able to qualify for the scheme, [...]

Working Out What Your Heater Will Cost

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00October 30, 2009|saving-energy-home|

With rising fuel bills from all suppliers and future predictions that fuel will become even more expensive in the near future, we all have to think more carefully about how we heat a home. Gas prices particularly have shot up in price and the average home is now paying a [...]

Questionnaire: Are You a Recycling Renegade?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00October 28, 2009|Questionnaires|

Recycling is a major government goal and many areas recycle all kinds of household rubbish, such as cardboard, paper, plastics, cans, glass and garden waste. Here are 10 questions to check your Recycling habits. If you can answer yes to most, if not all, of the them, you are certainly [...]

Questionnaire: Are You a Fossil Fuel Addict?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00October 28, 2009|Questionnaires|

If you can answer yes to at least some of the questions you are well on the way to breaking your addiction to fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal – which are rapidly running out and just won’t be an option for the grandchildren of babies born today. Q1 [...]

Questionnaire: Are You Saving all the Energy You Could?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00October 28, 2009|Questionnaires|

Answer yes to all the following questions and you are doing very well – if you have some no answers, this can help you identify areas where you could make improvements. Q1 - Are all your Light Bulbs Low Energy? Low energy light bulbs are now widely available. They work [...]

Hybrid Cars Become a Reality: A Case Study

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00July 4, 2009|Case Studies|

Bimal has been raving about hybrid cars ever since he came back from the Geneva Motorshow earlier this year. As a journalist specialising in motoring, he has been waiting for the first real eco-friendly cars to become available. “We are now just on the brink of a new era in [...]

Heating My Home Office Was a Nightmare: A Case Study

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00July 3, 2009|Case Studies|

Working from home seems like the ideal situation, or a lonely, scary way to work, depending on your personality and viewpoint. Jonathan is very much the type of person who sees it as a perfect way to combine work with home life and finally took the plunge to run his [...]

How Do Energy Saving Light Bulbs Work?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00July 3, 2009|Energy Saving Products|

Reducing the amount of energy that you use up and your carbon footprint is becoming increasingly important. One of the easiest ways to improve energy efficiency in the home is to install low energy light bulbs, rather than traditional ones. But what are low energy light bulbs and how do [...]

I Put in a Ground Source Heat Pump: A Case Study

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00July 2, 2009|Case Studies|

Ten years ago, Virginia was living in London, working in a highly stressful job in a publishing company and feeling under great pressure. “I was working hard and, although I enjoyed my work, there was not much else in life. My husband had died two years earlier in a car [...]

Does Having Appliances on Standby Use Power?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00July 1, 2009|saving-energy-home|

You might think that when you switch an electrical appliance off, it uses no power, but you could not be more wrong. Many appliances now have a 'standby' function that allows them to be turned on again quickly, without starting up from scratch. The appliances that have a standby facility [...]

Does it Pay to Change Electricity and Gas Suppliers?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00July 1, 2009|saving-energy-home|

Until fairly recently, everyone got their gas through British Gas and their electricity through their own regional electricity company. In the late 1990s, the British government decided to deregulate electricity companies and British Gas and allow competition from different companies to supply domestic utilities. It was a move designed to [...]

A Wind Farm Was Planned Next to My House: Case Study

By |2021-05-20T22:30:15+00:00March 9, 2009|Case Studies|

Graham is surrounded by piles of papers. Some are newspaper clippings but most of them are letters relating to the opposition group he is running in his village in Caithness in Scotland. “We recently had a vote in the local community about whether people want a wind farm here, and [...]

Are Biofuels Green or Not?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00March 4, 2009|Energy Issues|

Biofuels may be renewable sources of energy, but that does not necessarily mean they are environmentally sound. A key problem with biofuels – which have been more accurately named ‘agrofuels’ by some experts – is that they require large amounts of plant material to produce. This plant material requires an [...]

Should I Use a Solar Thermal or Solar PV System?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00February 19, 2009|experts|

For most of Europe, solar thermal systems can give relatively quick savings for people wanting solar power in their already-built homes, where a lot of energy is spent on water heating. The fundamental different between a solar PV system and a solar thermal system is that the former converts light [...]

More Efficient For Combi Boiler to Be ON all the Time?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00February 3, 2009|experts|

If the house was empty all day, it would be more efficient generally to time the heating to come on in the morning and in the evening. The energy you save by not having the heating on for a long period every day is more than the extra energy it [...]

Home Solar Panel Installation: A Case Study

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00January 19, 2009|Case Studies|

When Jo and Darrell Edgley moved from Britain to Durham, North Carolina, USA in 2006, they couldn't help but be impressed by the amount of sunshine as they searched for their new home. When they bought their house, the first thing Darrell said to Jo was: "We need to get [...]

Are Energy Saving Fittings Efficient in a High Use Environment

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00January 14, 2009|experts|

It's an interesting question and quite difficult to answer exactly but here goes... Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL's) have a transformer which is an inductive load. This means that it draws a surge of current when powered on which is what your friend is referring to - and in short term [...]

What is the Most Efficient Type of Heating Appliance?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00January 2, 2009|experts|

Thanks for your question, and well done for your green approach in your home - it can be all too tempting to switch on the heating for an extra few hours during the day in those cold winter months! If you're only looking to heat one room during the day, [...]

Will I Benefit from Extra Loft Insulation?

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00November 18, 2008|experts|

Firstly, it's great news that you already have 270mm of insulation in your loft – which means you're already saving energy and money on your heating bills. A quarter of the heat used to warm up your home is lost through the loft, and 270mm is the minimum depth of [...]

Home Information Packs

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00September 9, 2008|saving-energy-home|

Since their introduction in August 2007, Home Information Packs have certainly caused a stir in the property market, and opinions have clashed from those who love – or hate - the idea of HIPs and their contents. Crucially, though, the introduction of Home Information Packs has had significant implications on [...]

How House Building is Going Green

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00July 7, 2008|saving-energy-home|

House building is taking a greener turn, if recent government policies are anything to go by. That means the days that architecture, house design and construction of homes in the UK were completed without consideration to the environment, and the larger issue of global warming, will become a thing of [...]

Greenbelt land: The Big Debate

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00July 6, 2008|News|

Ever since the 1930s, the policy of ‘green belt’ – rural, green land that has been designated as protected from outside development – has been preventing urban sprawl from encroaching into the countryside and protecting the environment. But just as bringing in planning and development legislation to protect green belt [...]

Energy Saving and Computers

By |2021-05-20T22:30:16+00:00June 7, 2008|energy-saving|

It's difficult to imagine a world without computers, laptops, the internet and other technology - and it's even harder to think of computers in an energy saving, green context. Computers, just like other energy zapping commodities have, in some environmentalists' eyes, come to represent yet another product that's ultimately damaging [...]

BedZED: The UK’s Biggest Eco-Community

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00April 13, 2008|Energy Issues|

The government'is committed to making all new homes and house building carbon neutral in the ongoing fight to prevent climate change. This will mean that all the carbon released in the build and day to day living in a property is neutralised by sequestering the same amount, therefore offsetting the [...]

Warning from the International Energy Agency

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00March 3, 2008|News|

Energy consumption is tied closely in to climate change issues, with the burning of fossil fuels impacting on global CO2 levels in particular. This makes the prospect of an ever increasing demand for more and more energy a bleak picture for the environment in the future indeed. So when the [...]

The Top 25 Green Cities in the UK

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00January 28, 2008|News|

The seaside resort of Brighton and Hove, famed for its beaches and piers, was recently crowned the greenest city in the UK. An in-depth study into the energy efficiency and sustainable habits of cities across the country found that it wasn't just the sea air making this area environmentally friendly [...]

Gordon Brown’s Eco Towns

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00November 22, 2007|News|

Housing policy has taken a greener turn since Gordon Brown became Prime Minister. One of the Government’s proposed housing plans announced in the Queen’s speech in November, is the creation of ten new ‘eco-towns’ – completely sustainable and carbon neutral communities – in Brownfield sites across the UK. But what [...]

Grants and Loans

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00September 25, 2007|Energy Saving Products|

The more energy efficient your home is the better – both for the environment and your property’s value. But achieving a truly carbon neutral home can mean making a financial investment in your home through a more ambitious green project. Energy micro-generation solar panels, hydro-electric systems or wind turbines can [...]

Being Green at School and College

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00September 25, 2007|Greener Kids|

There's much more to doing your bit for the environment than the habits we change at home. We also need to change other aspects of our day-to-day lives too - including our school and college lives. Teachers and tutors can set the example and encourage the whole school or college [...]

Sustainable Transport

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00September 11, 2007|Transport|

Going green in our lives is all about achieving sustainability meaning we’re able to complete our day-to-day activities with a minimal impact on the environment. Making a sustainable decision about travelling is particularly significant given the impact transport has on the environment overall. The way we travel is one of [...]

Facts You Should Know About Energy

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00September 11, 2007|energy-saving|

Whether you’re a veteran green expert or new to the ideas of saving energy and lowering your carbon footprint it’s always worthwhile to have a broad idea of the bigger environmental picture. Not only will this help you keep focused in your quest to be more efficient with your energy [...]

Good Going Campaign London

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00September 3, 2007|Transport|

Good Going is a London based campaign promoting sustainable travel options in the capital. It is helping Londoners to understand the importance and ease of choosing cycling, walking and other greener transport schemes over gas-guzzling modes of transport. Even if you don’t live in London yourself, find out how Good [...]

Long Term Changes You Can Make

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00September 3, 2007|energy-saving|

Switching off lights when you leave a room recycling more, turning down the thermostat in the winter - these are all commendable green habits that can make a positive difference to the environment in the long term. However it’s also important to consider the bigger picture. There are significant changes [...]

Getting Grants From Your Council

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00July 30, 2007|Green Energy|

You can make your home more energy efficient in many different ways from smaller jobs like switching to energy saving light bulbs to bigger jobs such as double-glazing, an energy efficient boiler or insulation. These larger projects will save you more energy – and money - in the long run, [...]

Make Your School More Environmentally Friendly

By |2021-05-20T22:30:17+00:00July 29, 2007|Greener Kids|

For parents and children alike it can be a hectic, frenzied rush for the bell; for commuters and other drivers an irritating but inevitable hold-up on their way. Parents on the so-called ‘school run’ – driving children to and from school, Monday to Friday – can create chaos on the [...]

Reusable Nappies Vs Disposable

By |2021-05-20T22:30:18+00:00June 27, 2007|Greener Kids|

Having a baby will turn your world and house upside-down. And between sleepless nights and your new hectic routine as Mum or Dad you may get a moment to notice how quickly the dustbin gets filled up. The biggest culprit? Nappies. Not only are disposable nappies expensive and messy, they’re [...]

Encouraging Your Child’s School to Save Energy

By |2021-05-20T22:30:18+00:00May 29, 2007|Greener Kids|

Climate change is a long term challenge not just to be debated and tackled today but over the next generations to come. This means that it’s vital to educate our children and our children’s children now in how to fight climate change and what will happen if it’s left unchecked. [...]

How Green are Green Energy Suppliers

By |2021-05-20T22:30:18+00:00May 17, 2007|Green Energy|

Switching to a green energy tariff - be that a green option offered by one of the main six energy companies or energy through a specialist green energy company – is something we’re being encouraged to do now that it’s up to us to combat climate change. But how green [...]

Greener at The Supermarket

By |2021-05-20T22:30:19+00:00April 30, 2007|saving-energy-work|

Supermarkets have never been known as the most environmentally friendly of businesses. In fact they’ve been criticised for their overly packaged goods, building stores on green field land. Their 24-hour convenience shopping ethos can also put a real strain on small, locally run stores. However, with lower prices, long opening [...]

Save Energy Through Your Appliances

By |2021-05-20T22:30:19+00:00April 30, 2007|saving-energy-home|

No 21st century household would be complete without a range of gizmos and gadgets to help make quick work of day-to-day tasks. These items make our lives easier but most of us don't realise how much damage our bad energy habits are having on the environment – or how we [...]

Insulating and Heating Your Home

By |2021-05-20T22:30:19+00:00April 13, 2007|saving-energy-home|

Keeping your house comfortable and cozy particularly during the winter months is one of the biggest preoccupations in any household. As such, energy bills are one of the biggest expenses, even after recent announcements that many of the energy companies would be lowering their costs for customers. This is why [...]

The Environmental and Health Benefits of Walking

By |2021-05-20T22:30:19+00:00March 29, 2007|Transport|

What’s the best form of transport of all but probably the one we first forget when it comes to getting from A to B? Walking – it’s the greenest, not to mention cheapest, method of travel. It’s something most of us could fit more of into our lifestyles. Driving a [...]

Green Energy Companies

By |2021-05-20T22:30:19+00:00March 28, 2007|Green Energy|

Another consideration to take into account as well as becoming more energy efficient at home is choosing an eco-friendly energy company. As awareness of green issue increases several single issues green energy companies have entered the fiercely competitive energy market. What are Green Energy Companies? Green energy companies offer electricity [...]

Saving Energy Through Double Glazing

By |2021-05-20T22:30:20+00:00March 26, 2007|Energy Saving Products|

Insulating your home is one of the best ways to make your home energy efficient – and one of the key ways to save energy is through double glazing. Double glazing acts as second layer of protection for your home from losing heat. And when around half of heat used [...]

Green Incentives

By |2021-05-20T22:30:20+00:00March 13, 2007|saving-energy-work|

Bringing greener habits into the workplace is an important aspect of tackling climate change. A significant proportion of CO2 emissions come from business related activities so it’s up to employers to provide employees with the opportunity to become more energy efficient. According to the Carbon Trust, businesses account for 40% [...]

Government Targets for Climate Change

By |2021-05-20T22:30:20+00:00February 21, 2007|Energy Issues|

With the growing concern over climate change there’s been pressure for the government to respond with targets aimed at combating the issue. Indeed, it’s become almost fashionable for political parties to add a green flavour to policies in order to show how socially responsible they are. There’s no doubt that [...]

Reusing and Recycling Packaging

By |2021-05-20T22:30:20+00:00February 12, 2007|Greener Lifestyle|

It’s difficult to get away from packaging these days. Every time we go shopping we are presented with tightly packaged mass produced items, accompanied by seemingly unnecessary cardboard, polystyrene, plastic containers, and so on. The outcome of excess packaging on our goods is increasing tonnes of waste going to landfill, [...]

Energy Saving Products

By |2021-05-20T22:30:20+00:00February 12, 2007|saving-energy-home|

When trying to use less energy in the home it’s important to choose energy saving products to support your efforts. If your boiler’s on the blink, washing machine’s is broken, or you’re just considering investing in more energy efficient products, help is at hand to find the best appliances for [...]

Renewable Energy Vs Non-Renewable Energy

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00February 5, 2007|Green Energy|

The chief contributor to climate change is carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However with those finite fuel sources running out considering new forms of energy won’t just be good for the environment, it will be absolutely vital in years to come. For now, a commitment to renewable energy is on [...]

Generate Your Own Energy: Solar Panels

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00February 5, 2007|Green Energy|

Generating your own energy at home is a great way to save money on your energy bills and reduce your dependency on non-renewable forms of electricity. One form of renewable energy for people to harness at home is energy from the sun – through a solar panel. Developments in renewable [...]

Generate Your Own Energy: Micro Wind Turbines

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00February 2, 2007|Green Energy|

It’s the latest in green fashion good for the environment and even David Cameron’s house is sporting one – a home wind turbine. Amid growing awareness that our fossil fuels are running out, CO2 emissions are rising and so too are our energy bills, more and more people are taking [...]

The Financial Cost of Climate Change

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00January 30, 2007|Energy Issues|

A recent report by economist Nicholas Stern put the effects of climate change into hard monetary terms. The outcomes of the report were an eye opening indication of what the cost to the environment could be if we act now or what will happen if we don’t change out ways. [...]

Teaching Children to be Energy Efficient

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00January 29, 2007|Greener Kids|

The issue of climate change isn’t going to go away. The adverse effect our energy use over the past 200 years has had on the environment means that the next generations will have to deal with the consequences. This makes teaching our children and grandchildren how to be energy efficient [...]

How to Live Green

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00January 29, 2007|Greener Lifestyle|

Fairtrade products are widely available in supermarkets and many people never notice the label or understand what it means. But buying fair-trade products can make a real difference not only to producers in developing and resource poor countries, but also to the environment. Although not all fairtrade companies are Carbon [...]

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Work

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00January 23, 2007|saving-energy-work|

We spend a lot of time at work so it’s important to bring greener habits from home into the workplace. There are a surprising number of things that can be done to make meeting a deadline or finishing off a project more environmentally friendly and help reduce our nine to [...]

Run an Energy Efficient Office

By |2021-05-20T22:30:21+00:00January 23, 2007|saving-energy-work|

While most employees make attempts to be energy efficient in their homes their environmental conscience tends to be less active once they get to work. It's up to office managers and employers to bring green attitudes to the workplace. According to research by consultants Logicalis, nearly 60% of workers would [...]

Reducing Your Monthly Household Bills

By |2021-05-20T22:30:22+00:00January 16, 2007|saving-energy-home|

Reducing outgoings is top priority for most households. But short of unplugging the phone and turning the boiler off, saving money on your bills is easier said than done. That said, rethinking your finances can really make a difference to your wallet. Take a Closer Look at Your Energy Bills [...]

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