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Do We Need Renewable Energy in Our Homes?

Just like a lot of people I have often wondered about renewable energy. I know that it’s important for the environment and the future that we find a more sustainable source of energy; and one that does not pollute the air that we breath and the water that we drink (I have got a first-hand knowledge of what air and water pollution can do and believe me it is not a pretty sight).

posted by Omo Ogundele on 03 August 2012

tags: at home , renewable energy , solar ,

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Why do we need to save water?

We’ve all grown up taking water for granted. Turned on the tap and there's water. Flushed the toilet and there's water. Take a bath. Put on the dishwasher.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 18 July 2012

tags: at home , food and water ,

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Wales follows Ireland's lead in plastic bag reduction

Last October Wales brought in a 5p charge for all single-use plastic bags in supermarkets.  As a result, their use has fallen dramatically, with some supermarkets reporting reductions of up to 96%.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 17 July 2012

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It’s Summer, Why Insulation?

I spoke to a friend of mine about the free insulation offer that we have at the moment and her answer was "it's summer, why do I want to worry my head about insulation?"

posted by Omo Ogundele on 06 July 2012

tags: at home , insulation , energy efficiency ,

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Athletic tips to better driving:

With the London Olympics 2012 fast approaching, it’s got me thinking about the CO2 emissions this major event is going to produce.
 
Its been advised the travel carbon footprint of the spectators travelling to and from the games is estimated at about 400,000 tonnes. To put this into perspective that’s equivalent to 85,743 cars off the road for a year.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 04 July 2012

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Energy Saving Tips From Other Cultures

I believe that there is a lot one can learn from other cultures. I am African and growing up at home, the reasons we tried to save on water and energy was that we did not have the luxury of constant running water and electricity, and where either existed it was extremely expensive.

posted by Omo Ogundele on 15 June 2012

tags: at home , food and water , local resilience , energy efficiency ,

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LEDs and Compact fluorescent lights

Every little bit of energy we can save at home make a whole lot of difference.  However, sometimes the cost of energy saving may seem to be expensive in the short term even though it is worth it in the long run.

posted by Omo Ogundele on 07 June 2012

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Government draft energy bill announced

On Tuesday 22nd May 2012 the draft Energy Bill was announced and includes measures necessary to reform the electricity market to deliver secure, clean and affordable electricity.The bill outlines long-term contracts to encourage investment in nuclear and renewable energy. Britain needs £110bn of investment to keep the lights on and meet green targets.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 25 May 2012

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Is encouraging consumers to buy less a good business model?

A clothing manufacturer that encourages their consumers to buy fewer items sounds like a company who’ve not thought through their business model too thoroughly.  But outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia do just that.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 25 April 2012

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Milton Keynes Marathon goes 'GREEN'

On Sunday 29th of April Milton Keynes will hold their very first Marathon and their making it 'GREEN'.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 24 April 2012

tags: recycling , local resilience , transport , energy efficiency ,

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Government cracks down on Energy Bills

It was announced on the 11th April 2012 that the government and energy suppliers will put us in control of our energy bills by ensuring we can get the best deal possible.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 13 April 2012

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DECC announce second phase for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP)

On 26 March, Department of Energy and Climate Change announced a second phase to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, which will provide further support for installations of renewable heat technologies in the household sector. The budget has been increased from £15m to £25m, and is including community schemes and there’ll be more social housing schemes that can benefit.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 11 April 2012

tags: at home , solar , renewable energy ,

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Hosepipe bans on the way as UK drought leads to water shortages

The Environment Agency have confirmed that parts of the UK are currently in drought, with the expectation that the affected areas will increase as we move towards the summer.  But why are we experiencing drought?  And what can we do about it?

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 15 March 2012

tags: food and water , at home , climate change ,

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Putting a stop to energy bills that cost the earth

Lani Shamash, co-founder of thepeoplespower.co.uk, writes on the UK energy market, and how group switching can help households get a fairer deal.

posted by Lani Shamash on 05 March 2012

tags: energy suppliers , fuel poverty ,

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Encouraging recycling in the workplace

Here in the USEA office we're pretty good at recycling our waste, and keeping the amount of rubbish we send to landfill as low as possible.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 20 February 2012

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Zero Cost Energy Saving Measures

In these days of austerity it's worth remembering a few energy saving - and therefore money saving - tips that won't cost you anything.

posted by Angus Murchie on 15 February 2012

tags: at home , food and water , energy efficiency , fuel poverty ,

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Cold Weather Payments explained – are you entitled to help with your energy bills?

Did you know that when the weather is very cold, some people are eligible to receive an extra payment from the government to help with heating costs?

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 10 February 2012

tags: at home , energy efficiency , fuel poverty ,

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Going GREEN? Get the best DEAL...

The new innovative 'Green Deal' financial mechanism is due to come into force later this year (autumn). But, is it worth waiting for? Is the Green Deal the best deal for you? Is there still time to take action now, before the Green Deal comes into force?

posted by Dale Hoyland on 01 February 2012

tags: green deal , fuel poverty ,

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Stop Trying to "Save the Planet"

For Christmas I was given the book "Seeing Further, The Story of Science & the Royal Society". Within its excellent 22 separate essays was one by Oliver Morton entitled "Globe and Sphere, Cycles and Flows: How to see the World". One of the main thrusts of that essay was to point out how inaccurate it is for various campaigns and environmental groups to bang on about "saving the planet".

posted by Angus Murchie on 23 January 2012

tags: at home , climate change , insulation , local resilience ,

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UK smart meter myth-buster

What do you call a meter which isn’t a smart meter?  A dumb meter!  No that's not a joke (which is lucky, because if it was it would be a terrible one); it’s just a weird quirk of language that has arisen around the UK smart meter roll out.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 23 January 2012

tags: at home , energy suppliers , energy efficiency ,

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Decoding the recent gas and electricity price reductions

There has been a lot of talk in the news over the last week that the energy companies are reducing their prices.  However, rather than being greeted with open arms there seems to have been a bit of a backlash.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 18 January 2012

tags: at home , energy suppliers , fuel poverty ,

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43.3p or 21p...? That is the question.

It has been a turbulent time for the solar industry recently.  First there were the cuts to large scale PV installations, then there was the announcement of planned cuts to small scale installations and now we don't even know what the tariff level is for small scale PV systems installed today.

posted by Ruth Wharton on 10 January 2012

tags: at home , solar , renewable energy ,

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What energy efficiency measures will you be able to get through Green Deal?

The government's Green Deal consultation period closes on 18th January 2012, and with the opportunity to ask questions and give comments getting nearer, it is a hot topic among people in the energy efficiency industries.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 09 January 2012

tags: at home , insulation , solar , green deal , renewable energy , energy efficiency ,

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Top ten environmental new year's resolutions

It's that time of year again, where we all resolve to lose weight, go to the gym, stop smoking.  But have you thought about resolving to make a few small changes to become more environmentally friendly?  

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 03 January 2012

tags: climate change , at home , energy efficiency , food and water ,

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