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A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use- Foreword

 
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Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter.  The following is the first report we published of our findings. This instalment is the foreword to our report. You can read the introduction to the study here. We will be publishing the main findings in the next two blogs. Stay tuned!

 

A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use- Intro

 
National Energy Study

Sustainable Homes and partners undertook a study of energy use in over 500 homes through the 2013/14 winter.  The following is the first report we published of our findings. This instalment is the introduction to our report.

 

Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use

 
President Obama

The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.

 

Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use-Part 2 of his speech on environmental performance

 
President Obama

The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.

 

Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use

 
Barack Obama, Climate Action Plan

The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.

 

Climate change: what 40 years of data shows us

 
Glacier retreat GIF

NASA and the University of California have recently announced that melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet is “unstoppable with major consequences”. The findings mean that sea level projections will need to be revised upwardly, closer to 4 feet of sea level rise.

 

Fuel poverty statistics release 2014

 
Department of Energy

DECC have released the latest statistics on fuel poverty in the UK. The statistics actually date from 2012, reflecting the time to survey and analyse primary data.

 

Innovation and research key when it comes to reducing water wastage

 
Savewatersavemoney PR photo

Water efficiency experts, Save Water Save Money, are pleased to announce they have been recognised at the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 as runners-up in the highly competitive Innovation category for their pioneering initiative - ‘The Sustainable Communities Partnership’.

 

Move aside King Canute: is it time for adaptation to move up the agenda?

 
Flooding image

One of the many difficulties with persuading the venerable human psyche we all possess that it is really – no really­ – time to act on climate change is that for most in the UK it remains a fundamentally abstract notion. Most, but not all – as was alarmingly demonstrated in recent memory on the Somerset Levels and elsewhere. Similarly, the issue of overheating, leading to what are somewhat-callously known as ‘excess deaths’, are rightly becoming a media focal point each summer as much as those from the cold in winter.

 

The financial case for adapting to climate change

 
Water usage graph SHIFT blog

The National Housing Maintenance Forum asked us to write an article for their 2014 bulletin.  Here’s what we wrote.

 

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