• Withdrawing RHI for urban biomass - what you need to know
    on November 1, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What’s happening? Last month, The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation which wants your views on whether the Renewable Heat Incentive should be paid for new biomass installations in urban areas. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government financial incentive designed to encourage domestic and non-domestic uptake of renewable heat, with the aim of meeting the 2020 target of 12% of h[... […]

  • Five tips before you buy loft insulation
    on October 24, 2018 at 9:13 am

    It's easy to forget about your loft when you're looking at your home's energy efficiency. But the Energy Saving Trust point out that a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home. With low levels not keeping enough heat in, it can have a serious impact. But there's some key things to keep in mind before you go rushing out to rectify this. Here's a handy guide giving you some important points and key questions to ask about loft ins[... […]

  • A point of view: The problem with EPCs
    on October 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

    If you want to update an out of date or expired Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), you may be in for a nasty surprise. You may get a worse one, even if you have added numerous improvements to your house. Five years ago, our children told us to downsize. So we did. We bought a 5 year old south-facing house, to which we added a 4 kWh solar PV array. We also added an Energy Recovery gadget (also known as a power diverter or Solar PV optimiser) which heats our hot [... […]

  • Will Cars Ever Be Fully Green?
    on October 10, 2018 at 9:16 am

    The question of ‘will cars ever be fully green?’ has been asked many times over, specifically in this day and age of fuel-efficient hybrids, fascinating electric cars like the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf, and advanced internal combustion engines like the Mazda Skyactiv-X. The problem with purported ‘green cars’ or ‘green car manufacturers’ is not strictly about the tailpipe emissions only. The carbon footprint or CO2 emissions[... […]

  • An innovative approach to airtightness testing - the PULSE method explained
    on October 1, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Air leakage is widely accepted as a major cause of thermal inefficiency within many of our homes in the UK, accounting for 30% of total heat loss on average. The uncontrolled flow of air through small gaps in our properties can rack up our utility bills as well as being very uncomfortable for us as occupants of these draughty houses! Higher CO₂ emissions also result from this lack of airtightness, as any heat produced will quickly escape to the outside. Cold air[... […]