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    Efficiency | flooding | energy costs | bills |
  • Solar Thermal | Feed in tariff | RHI | energy costs | lower bills
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Sustainable Homes Blog

Housing Sector's Sustainability Leaders Announced

Posted by Emma Jones on 26-Nov-2014 19:00:00

On 26th November, Sustainable Homes presented its bi-annual SHIFT awards, recognising the work member housing associations are doing to improve the sustainability of their homes through benchmarking and independent assessment.

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Topics: Sustainble Homes, sustainability, SHIFT Index, social landlords, environmental benchmarking, SHIFT Awards

Tackling overheating in the home - National survey

Posted by Richard Lupo on 20-Nov-2014 12:53:00

We know there are already cases of homes overheating in the UK and that the incidence and severity is likely to worsen as our climate changes. What we don’t know is how much of a concern overheating is within the mainstream energy efficiency and construction sectors and whether organisations are already gearing up to address this issue.

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Topics: new builds, existing build, national survey

Retrofit makes sense when it’s done street-by-street: here’s why

Posted by John Stapleton on 18-Nov-2014 15:45:00

Last week Sustainable Homes and the BBC was hosted by SHIFT member Orbit, one of the largest housing providers in the country, managing over 37,000 homes from the Midlands to the south east.

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Topics: energy efficiency improvements, energy bills reduction, retrofitting, external wall insulation

Contractor? DLO? We want to hear from you!

Posted by Emma Jones on 12-Nov-2014 16:24:00

Recently, we have been approached by several contractors and members of DLOs looking to develop a sustainability methodology for direct labour organizations (DLO). If you are interested in getting involved with something like this, here is your opportunity to help shape it. We are holding a workshop to discuss what this methodology would look like.

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Topics: contractors, sustainability, direct labour organisations, environmental impacts

It’s fast approaching - and what a great time it will be!

Posted by Emma Jones on 11-Nov-2014 07:30:00

It’s that time again – where we all come together under one roof, share our experiences, have a laugh and network with new colleagues. Nope, I’m not referring to the Christmas lunch with family. It’s the Homes 2014 exhibition and conference.

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Topics: environmental improvement, Sustainable Homes, SHIFT, events, SHIFT Awards

Feedback on energy use helps residents make significant savings

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 10-Nov-2014 07:30:00

Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a national study to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the fourth instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

Forty-six percent of participants have not considered changing their energy suppliers in the last 2 years (Figure 1). Twenty percent had considered switching since the National Energy Study began, and 34% stated that they had considered this within the last 2 years. Of those who had considered this, 41% (67 homes) completed the switch.

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Topics: National Energy Study, behaviour change, residents

Housing associations most trusted source of energy saving advice - new study

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 06-Nov-2014 12:30:00

Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a national study in 500 homes to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the third instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

The study revealed that timer switches and A-rated appliances were commonly installed in the homes, with respectively 64% and 54% of the respondents stating that these items were installed before the National Energy Study began (Figure 1). A third of the respondents stated they have considered installing energy monitors, however another third were not aware of them. Seven percent of homes were already using one – some participating housing associations have contributed to this by running schemes where energy monitors were given to residents. According to the responses, there is a significant opportunity to encourage people to turn appliances off (rather than leave in standby mode) and to wash clothes at 30 degrees. Over 20% of the respondents carried out these actions only a quarter of the time (Figure 2). Some of the respondents added written comments that they were unsure about the hygienic aspects of lower temperature washing, and that the lowest setting on their washing machine was 40 degrees.

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Topics: National Energy Study, housing associations, energy savings

Most people still don’t understand their energy bills, study finds

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 04-Nov-2014 07:30:00

Recently Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a national study to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the second instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

 The survey results showed that 40% had problems with keeping their homes warm, even with the heating on. This could be an indication of under-heating, inadequate insulation, draughty windows or inefficient heating systems. (Figure 1).

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Topics: electricity, National Energy Study, energy bills, gas

Getting the job done: banishing leaky homes by 2035

Posted by John Stapleton on 31-Oct-2014 12:02:00

This week saw the publication of Building the Future: The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient, setting out a roadmap to band ‘C’ – generally accepted as a realistic target for the vast majority of homes in the UK – and the ‘whys and wherefores’ of a large scale programme of retrofit. The coalition behind the Energy Bill Revolution, including Sustainable Homes and SHIFT members, have succeeded in moving the debate forward: Labour, for example is signed up to energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority.

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Topics: fuel poverty, social landlords, energy efficiency, retrofit, fuel bills

Low income households use most gas and worst hit by rising energy costs

Posted by Begum Bidik Nash on 30-Oct-2014 07:30:00

Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a national study to test the effectiveness of practical ways to deliver information to domestic energy users to encourage them to save energy. The following is the first instalment of the second major report we published of our findings which focuses on understanding residents’ perceptions of energy and how they use energy in the home.

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Topics: National Energy Study, behaviour change, energy bills, residents

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