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Top tips for loft conversions

Are you putting your loft to good use? For homeowners, lofts can be valuable spaces that provide room for storage - or they can even be transformed into additional living space like an extra bedroom or home office. If you're planning to sell the property, this could be an added benefit for... More >

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£28 million investment to reduce fuel bills in Perth and Kinross

In Perth and Kinross Council, thousands of households in fuel poverty are benefiting from a £28 million investment to make their homes cheaper to heat. More than 2,400 council houses have had their central heating systems upgraded - in most cases these projects included... More >

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How will the new government affect energy bills and efficiency measures?

Since the general election, it has been clear that changes to the UK's energy policy are on the horizon. Conservative Amber Rudd replaced Liberal Democrat Ed Davey as energy secretary and the shake-up will probably have an effect on everything from how much... More >

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House tours will demonstrate benefits of solid wall insulation

Homeowners in Ealing who are interested in solid wall insulation, but unsure about whether it's the right choice for them, can now take free house tours to see examples of other homes where the energy-efficiency measure has been installed. The council is encouraging homeowners with older... More >

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14 per cent of Scots facing fuel poverty

One in seven Scottish households make lifestyle sacrifices in order to afford heating their homes in the winter. That's according to a new survey, which was carried out as part of the Big Energy Switch, a Scotland-wide campaign to cut the cost of electricity and gas. The campaign is a... More >

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Additional funding to improve efficiency of Scottish homes

Last month, Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess announced that £65 million in funding would be given out to local authorities throughout Scotland. The money - £65 million - is to be used for a programme called the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based... More >

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Going local with energy efficiency

The new government has announced plans to devolve certain powers to certain city regions and county councils - a move that could improve the delivery of energy efficiency and fuel poverty services according to Citizens Advice. Conrad Steel, policy advocate for the bureau, explains that every day... More >

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16% of rented homes in England are physically unsafe

Over one million families are raising children in privately rented homes - three times the number a decade ago. That's just one of the many findings from the latest research from Citizen's Advice. Called A Nation of Renters, the study is based on analysis from the English Housing Survey and... More >

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One-tenth of households in England struggle to pay fuel bills

One-tenth of English households are struggling with their fuel bills. That's according to official figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The latest figures show that in 2013 - the latest year for which figures are available - around 2.35 million households were... More >

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New government urged to make energy efficiency an infrastructure priority

Following the general election earlier this month, environmental campaigners and green businesses have all been wondering what to expect from the new conservative government. David Cameron doesn't have the best record on such issues, particularly since he told aides to cut out the "green... More >

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DIY spending on the rise

There's no doubt that decreasing a building's energy usage is important. With the cost of fuel constantly on the rise, energy efficiency methods can help keep utilities bills down and ensure that a property is more attractive to buyers or tenants.  For those concerned about the... More >

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Islington Council says more needs to be done to prevent winter deaths

Chronic fuel poverty is a problem across the UK - and in Islington, it's estimated to kill around 50 people every year. Islington Council has already worked to reduce the number of families living in cold homes, but last week it announced a new set of measures to help improve the situation for... More >

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The hidden benefits of green buildings

When it comes to making a home more environmentally friendly, there are a number of benefits that the occupiers can enjoy. The property will be easier to keep warm in the winter, meaning that anyone in the building will be more comfortable. Plus, energy efficiency means that fuel bills are not as... More >

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Islington Council takes steps to reduce winter deaths

In March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidelines for helping to reduce excess winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes. This was the first time that the health watchdog had produced guidance related to housing - and one of their key... More >

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Experts predict colder-than-normal winter as El Nino arrives

The days are getting longer and the weather warmer, so a cold winter is probably one of the last things on your mind. But, now's the perfect time to be thinking about preparing for the cooler weather - especially since meteorologists are expecting this winter to be colder than average. Experts... More >

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National fuel poverty scheme will launch in Scotland this autumn

This autumn, the Scottish government will launch a £224 million fuel poverty scheme that will provide investment for domestic energy upgrades. The initiative will bring together the Energy Saving Trust, social enterprise Changeworks and energy services firm Everwarm. It was announced in April... More >

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The world is becoming more energy efficient

Power consumption used to have a strong relationship with economic growth - when the economy flourished, energy use increased. And, when money got tight, everyone switched off the lights. However, these days that link is weakening. As the world slowly recovers from the financial crisis, we might be... More >

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