Helping house building sector take the lead on low energy lighting

With the cost of low energy lighting LED falling rapidly into the realm of the affordable, and now available in a huge range of shapes and sizes, it's a good time for house builders and architects to rethink their approach to lighting. Energy Saving Trust has...

BREXIT : NO CHANGE TO EPCs, SAYS AB

Accreditation body Elmhurst Energy is reminding its members that nothing will change immediately as a result of the Referendum vote, announced today, to leave the European Union. In a press statement earlier today, Elmhurst said it was disappointed with the result, but it reminded members in...

Smart Meters & Controls

Smart meters Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. Together with their accompanying in-home displays, smart meters will help you keep track of the energy you use in your home, and will cut out the need for meter readings. The UK Government plans for...

Roof and loft Insulation

Heat rises, and in an uninsulated home, a quarter of heat is lost through the roof. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills. Loft insulation is effective for at least 42 years...

Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can...

Electric heating systems

Electricity is the most expensive and carbon-intensive heating fuel available in the UK. The preferred option for anyone with storage heaters is to replace them with a boiler or heat pump, with radiators or underfloor heating. This can cost a considerable amount to install but...

Heating and hot water – Understanding your system

In a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. As fuel costs rise, having an efficient and cost effective heating system is vital, and it’s one of the main steps you can take...

Government reveals £60m Midlands energy hub funding boost

The government is investing £60m into a new energy centre in the Midlands, in order to “help grow the region’s high-tech, high-skilled economy.” The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), the first project to be delivered by the ‘Midlands Innovation’ initiative, a collaboration of six leading universities across...

Just how do we use our Electricity?

Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute has launched a five-year programme to investigate ways of relieving peak demands on the UK’s electricity grid and possibly make energy prices cheaper too. Peak demand is posing an increasing challenge to the UK’s electricity system. A government commission set up...

Greater security for North Sea Oil and Gas as Energy Bill becomes law

The Energy Act is designed to help drive forward the government’s energy goals and commitments. This includes new powers for the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to better support North Sea industry, giving local communities the say on new onshore windfarm planning decisions and bringing...