Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Monday, 26 March 2007
UK Energy Saving has published a new Energy Watch page on the website. www.uk-energy-saving.com/energy_watch.html will be updated regularly with seasonal tips and information on energy saving, water saving, recycling etc.
Keep popping back to see the latest tips and feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions for inclusion on the page.
Posted by Hayley Jones at 2:22 pm
Thursday, 22 March 2007
The general consensus following Gordon Brown's new budget announced yesterday, is no. Although a number of new 'green' measures have been introduced, including higher road tax for the highest polluting vehicles and increases in landfill tax to encourage recycling, they are not considered stringent enough to make a lasting difference to climate change.
Groups such as the Green Party and Friends of the Earth don't feel that the budget goes far enough. Take a look at some of the following articles and let us know your thoughts on the government's moves.
The Budget Statement
Energy Saving Trust
Friends of the Earth
Posted by Hayley Jones at 9:51 am
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
If you have some time at the end of the week, why not pop by the new Eco Homes Show which is running in conjunction with The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show? It is being held at the NEC from the 22nd to 25th March; more details on their website at www.ecohomesshow.co.uk
Posted by Hayley Jones at 2:34 pm
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
A Homebuyers' Energy Efficiency Checklist has been added to the UK Energy Saving site. With spring well and truly on the way, the UK Energy Saving team have compiled a list of tips for house hunting and after you first move in. These include checking to see whether a property has insulation to changing to a green tariff for electricity supply.
To see the complete Homebuyers' Energy Efficiency Checklist visit the website at http://www.uk-energy-saving.com/homebuyers_energy_efficiency_checklist.html.
Posted by Hayley Jones at 3:28 pm
Thursday, 8 March 2007
EU leaders start a summit today with climate change on the agenda. Tony Blair has stated that he wants to see a strong stance on countering global warming and has been quoted as saying "I think there is the real possibility of showing how Europe can lead a debate on climate change, on energy security and on deregulation in the interests of a more competitive European economy."
Friends of the Earth is concerned, however, that a target of cutting carbon emissions by 20% will be agreed despite acknowledgments that any less than 30% could have serious consequences. Take a look at their latest press release for more information.
The use of renewable energy sources will also be discussed, with Germany pushing for a fifth of European energy to be from renewable sources, which is not thought to be a popular idea with other governments.
Watch this space for the summit results.
Posted by Hayley Jones at 9:41 am
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
There have been a number of reports in the press in recent weeks about the true viability of rooftop domestic wind turbines. It is generally reported that these turbines, available from as little as £1500, can knock a third off your electricity bill, but this claim appears to have been quashed. David Gordon, chief of turbine manufacturer Windsave, is reported to have said that with a turbine height of "between 4-6 metres you'd save about £10 a year" but that from "6 metres onwards... you could save... £50 to £100". Visit the BBC for more information on this.
The Sustainable Energy Group and DTI Renewables Advisory Board have also made similar comments. Take a look at The Mirror for more details.
The alternative to rooftop turbines are the ground mounted models which stand in a building's grounds. In either case, however, it is certainly important to ensure that the proposed location has sufficient wind to provide the amount of electricity required.
Posted by Hayley Jones at 9:36 am