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Government urged to ensure Scotland's energy supply

While increasing the supply of sustainable energy is a major part of preventing climate change, we also need to look for ways to reduce energy demand overall. Not only is this important for helping the environment, it will also benefit the security of our energy supply. Recently, the Economy,... More >

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Fuel poverty in Scotland increases 130% in four years

Since 2011, the number of fuel poverty cases recorded by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has increased by 130 per cent. That's according to two new reports published by the charity. As well as looking at the steep increase in case numbers, the research also looked at the reasons behind the... More >

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Energy efficiency improvements: a key part of property maintenance programmes

In recent months, a number of government programmes to help people pay for energy efficiency measures have come to an end - or an end is in sight. For example, the Green Deal was scrapped due to low-uptake and concern over possible abuse of the scheme. Despite announcements that these various... More >

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DECC wins award for MEES regulations

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has won an award from the Green Building Council. DECC's regulations to prevent landlords from renting out the most energy inefficient homes and properties from 2018 - known as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) - has... More >

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Brighton and Hove to build to build thousands of homes for rent

Brighton and Hove Council has agreed to a deal with a housing association to build thousands of homes in the region. Most of them will be available for rent, with a few also offered for sale.  The deal is aimed at putting the homes out of reach of the "right to buy" rules. In... More >

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Hundreds of Oxford homes to be ugraded

Hundreds of homes in Oxford are set to be upgraded, creating healthier living environments and reducing fuel bills for residents. Construction and property services company Willmott Dixon will be carrying out the improvement works on behalf of Oxford City Council. The firm was chosen for the... More >

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All Party Parliamentary Group launches inquiry into energy efficiency of private rented housing

An inquiry has been launched to look into the energy efficiency of private rented housing.​ Carried out by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the private rented sector, the inquiry will investigate the government's decision not to renew the landlord energy savings allowance in the March... More >

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Existing Homes Alliance calls on SNP to make Scottish homes more efficient

A new alliance, comprising the organisations ranging from Church of Scotland to the Federation of Master Builders, has come together to urge the Scottish government to do more to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes. The group says it wants the government to set concrete goals on... More >

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£700,000 grant to reduce fuel poverty in Wrexham

A £700,000 grant has been awarded to Wrexham to help reduce fuel poverty in low income households across the county borough. The grant is part of the Welsh government's drive to tackle fuel poverty among the most vulnerable members of the community. In total, some £20 million... More >

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The "simple" solution to fuel poverty

Fuel poverty can be defined in a number of ways, but every definition basically means the same thing - a household that can't afford to heat the home to a comfortable level. Every year, tens of thousands of people die due to factors relating to living in a cold home - and according to experts,... More >

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Work begins on affordable and efficient homes in Dunbar

Work is underway on more than 100 affordable homes in Dubar, as part of a multi-million pound project to add properties to the council's housing stock. East Lothian Council has concluded a legal agreement worth £8.3 million to purchase 71 flats an houses on two sites in Hahill region from... More >

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Scotland needs 12,000 new affordable homes a year

Scotland needs many more new homes to be delivered each year than what is currently being provided. That's according to a recent report from three of the nation's leading housing organisations - Shelter Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland and the Scottish... More >

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870 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved last year

Last year, some 870 million tonnes of CO2 emissions were saved across 29 developed countries. That's according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). It also found that a cumulative ten billion tonnes of CO2 has been saved over the last 25 years - that's approximately... More >

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Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village transformed into affordable homes

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games took place a little over a year ago, and the Athlete's Village, which has been transformed into homes, looks set to be fully occupied sooner than expected. There was increased interest from buyers, which coincided with the first anniversary of the games - and... More >

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Efficiency should be infrastructure priority, says report

A programme to make homes energy efficient should be a national infrastructure priority for government. That's according to independent research published by Frontier Economics, which confirmed that energy efficiency can be classified as infrastructure and delivers economic benefits... More >

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New homes and upgrades planned for Newry

Recently, the Housing Executive met with Newry, Mourne and Down District council to discuss its plans for the next four years and report on last year's investment. The meeting forms part of the housing body's annual consultation with local government - and it is the first with the newly... More >

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Scrapping efficiency schemes provides an opportunity to create better policies

Energy efficiency is important, right? After all, it helps the environment, reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and cuts our energy bills - what's not to love? However, recent changes to the UK government's energy efficiency policy have generated uncertainty for a wide range of people,... More >

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New homes in Liverpool compared to tea cosies

The new Riverside development in Liverpool has been designed to cut fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions - and this has had a knock-on effect on residents' health. Located on Maidford Road in Dovecot, the one- and two-bedroom flats and bungalows are part of the housing association's... More >

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Treasury holds consultation on business energy efficiency tax

Following the chancellor's summer budget, the government has carried out a consultation aiming to find evidence and set out policy proposals for supporting the government's objectives around simplicity, productivity, security of energy supplies and decarbonisation of UK... More >

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Energy efficiency: what to expect in 2016

Following the recent announcement that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) had been axed, many have been left wondering what to expect for energy efficiency in the future - particularly, funding for schemes to improve the efficiency of the UK's housing stock. Scrapping the... More >

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26 installation companies sign up to Affordable Warmth Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced that 26 local installation companies have signed up to be part of its Affordable Warmth Scheme. They will work together to carry out energy efficiency and heating system works in a bid to help tackle fuel poverty.  The... More >

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Lichfield Memorial Hall gets funding boost for efficiency scheme

The Martin Heath Memorial Hall in Lichfield has secured a £1,980 community grant to help improve the building's energy efficiency. A recent audit of the building identified a number of measures that were necessary to make the building more efficient. One of the main recommendations was to... More >

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More than 200 households sign up for insulation deal in Worcestershire

More than 200 households in Worcestershire have signed up to a £3.6 million council project to improve their thermal insulation and increase their energy efficiency. According to a report on the success of County Hall's Green Deal Communities fund, 221 residents have signed up for the... More >

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Fuel Poverty Task Force launched

A new task force has been established to help people keep their homes warm. Called the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, the group had its inaugural meeting in Inverness last month and it will be spending the next year exploring the issues faced by those in fuel poverty. The investigation... More >

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Housing estate redevelopment in Wales wins environmental award

A housing development in Llysfaen has become the first in Wales to receive a coveted environmental award.​ Previously, the estate was blighted by anti-social behaviour and drug abuse - but the renovation has created a pleasant atmosphere with open green spaces - plus the homes have also received... More >

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Energy efficiency funding to help higher education save money and carbon

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the recent news that £29 million in funding is now available for energy efficiency projects in higher education facilities. Provided through the Revolving Green Fund, the money can be used for a wide range of efficiency measures - such as... More >

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Homeowners should be offered low-interest loans for efficiency improvements

Homeowners should be offered low-interest loans to help them pay for energy efficiency improvements to their homes. That's the recommendation from independent thinktank ResPublica. The group works to establish new economic, social and cultural settlement for the UK. Its latest report, called... More >

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Energy efficiency could boost economy by £8.7 billion

If the UK invested in making homes more energy efficient, it could give the economy a boost of £8.7 billion, according to recent research. In a study commissioned by E3, Frontier Economics suggested that an ambitious energy efficiency programme could help the economy, as well as reducing gas... More >

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Energy efficiency project announced in Forth

A housing association in the South Lanarkshire town of Forth will be undergoing a major energy efficiency project that will help customers save on their heating bills. The scheme at the Melville Housing Association will begin this autumn and will include a number of improvement works, such as the... More >

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£500k refurbishment project transforms homes in York

The completion of a £500,000 refurbishment project at a housing development in York was celebrated last month with a special event for residents - which included a trombone lesson for 93-year-old Jessie Hall. Ms Hall celebrated her birthday, as well as the completion of the project, with... More >

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