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Reducing energy bills?  What’s the answer?

Reducing energy bills? What’s the answer?

The focus, as during the last election, is on reducing bills by freezing or capping energy tariffs.  This policy is set to divide opinion with supporters claiming it will fix a broken energy market and detractors claiming it will reduce competition and choice and...

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The future is coming!

The future is coming!

Coming from Newcastle I am very aware of the importance of coal and the part it played in powering this country and driving the Industrial Revolution. ‘Taking coal to Newcastle’   is an idiom describing a pointless action which stems from...

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Energy Efficiency – A Policy Pathway

Energy Efficiency – A Policy Pathway

Too many of our homes are cold, leaky and inefficient. Yet many of us, including those classified as able to pay, face significant barriers to carrying out energy efficiency improvements. The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has developed a policy paper which sets...

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Get Voting – 4th May

Get Voting – 4th May

Whilst it is still very unclear what BREXIT will mean one thing is certain – it has increased interest in politics; record numbers of students are applying to study politics.  So with this increased awareness of all things political, perhaps the time is right for the...

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A ‘whole house’ approach to improving our homes

A ‘whole house’ approach to improving our homes

When we think of buildings and homes what springs to mind?  A physical construction, a shelter with a roof, windows and doors where people live or work? Is a home the same as a building or is a home a more emotional thing – a building yes, but one with which we have a...

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Healthier Homes Roundtable

Healthier Homes Roundtable

As part of our policy development and engagement, we hosted a social housing and local authority roundtable focused on the installation of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating on Tuesday 22nd November. The majority of social housing properties were built...

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Hats off to Birmingham

Hats off to Birmingham

As a Geordie living on the south east of England, I had, until I joined the Sustainable Energy Association (based in Solihull) four years ago, regarded the Midlands as somewhere I passed through on the way to visit family up north.I have over the years attended many...

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No home left behind; ensuring retrofit of the hard to treat

No home left behind; ensuring retrofit of the hard to treat

In the years 2004-2014, household energy use fell by a fifth. A number of factors have been attributed to this including more efficient boilers and appliances, adoption of low-energy light bulbs and high energy costs (before the current drop in fossil fuel prices). It...

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Join-the-dots energy efficiency policy

Join-the-dots energy efficiency policy

By Fraser Wallace  George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, recognises the private sector is a powerful vehicle to deliver goods and services in a cost-effective manner. In his Autumn Statement (25th November 2015) he stated, ‘there is no growth and no jobs...

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