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Sustainable Homes Blog

Getting the job done: banishing leaky homes by 2035

Posted by John Stapleton on 31-Oct-2014 12:02:16

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

’Quick Wins’ #1: Fit a shower timer – save residents up to £120/year

Posted by Guest author on 28-Oct-2014 08:00:00

Creating sustainable homes and attacking bills is not all about large scale investment in retrofit programmes: there are some really simple tools at your disposal if you know where to look. In the first of an occasional series we look at an easy ‘Quick Win’ that SHIFT member Your Homes Newcastle rolled out with Save Water, Save Money.

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Topics: water savings, energy bill savings, residents, Quick Wins

Saving on Your Energy Bill the Easy Way: a Guide to Switching Supplier

Posted by Guest author on 27-Oct-2014 08:00:00

The monetary benefits of comparing the energy market and switching suppliers are well-documented in the media, and have been for years. With just a few clicks of the mouse, or a 10-minute phone call, the consumer have the power to change the company that supplies our gas and electricity, and could save potentially hundreds of pounds of year by moving to a more competitive tariff.

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Topics: energy savings, energy bill reduction, supplier

Interior textiles – the sustainable renewable option

Posted by Sustainable Homes on 23-Oct-2014 12:23:33

As consumers, we are becoming more aware of the environmental impact that our choices have and as such the demand for eco –friendly products has dramatically increased. This trend can be seen within the home décor sector, with interior textiles from an ethical and renewable background increasingly being sourced.

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Topics: Sustainable Home, interior,, ethical product

‘Nudges’ work – £100m more for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Posted by John Stapleton on 09-Oct-2014 12:54:00

Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey used the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow to announce a ‘re-boot’ of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, anticipated since it was abruptly closed in late July after a late surge in applications exhausted the fund amid allegations of possible fraudulent activity.

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Topics: Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, retrofit, funding

The Future’s Bright

Posted by Guest author on 09-Oct-2014 07:30:00

InnovateUK, the UK's innovation agency, is at the cutting edge of developing ways to undertake retrofit cost-effectively and at scale. Lead technologist Rick Holland describes its work and why, despite challenges in securing funding, the future is bright for retrofit.

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Topics: social housing, SHIFT members, retrofit, funding, Climate Change Act, Technology Strategy Board, InnovateUK

Local trades should be at the forefront of making retrofit work

Posted by Guest author on 02-Oct-2014 13:17:00

The arguments for reducing energy demand in housing are well rehearsed –   carbon emissions, energy security, living costs and the scourge of fuel poverty. The benefits are multiple, both directly and indirectly, improving housing quality, economic and environmental sustainability, and providing employment in the process.

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Topics: retrofit, carbon reduction, zero carbon, energy performance, carbon emissions

Green sky thinking: building a more durable case for quality homes

Posted by Emma Jones on 29-Sep-2014 12:00:00

To many – not least the people that get to live in them – the case for homes that are more sustainable is self-evident. Like it or not, however, these things cost money, and sometimes the ‘payback’ period through lower bills is not immediate. So how do you quantify the value that everyone knows is there?

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Topics: insulation, SHIFT, retrofit, energy bills, housing association, residents

Housing associations ‘most trusted’ to give energy saving advice

Posted by John Stapleton on 26-Sep-2014 10:39:00

The second part of Sustainable Homes’ National Energy Study has been published today. Undertaken for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the analysis revealed that housing associations who manage property are most trusted by residents to provide advice on how to save energy, followed by energy charities.

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Topics: fuel poverty, National Energy Study, behaviour change, housing associations, energy savings, residents

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