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Green Deal: Insulation and Draft Proofing

Before you start thinking about renewable energy, it is important to make your home as efficient as possible. This means making it as draught proof and as well insulated as you can. Continue reading

UK Renewable Electricity Generation Grows Nearly Fourfold in Decade

From 2002 to 2012, UK electricity generated from renewable sources has grown nearly fourfold with that growth accelerating in the last 2 years. Continue reading

How to Get The Green Deal: Step by Step

A step by step guide on how to get the Green Deal and what is involved. Starting with your Green Deal Assessment, it helps to understand the process you’ll go through to avail of a Green Deal loan or cashback. Continue reading

What Are These Green Levies? And What Are Their Impact On Your Energy Bills?

Energy prices seem never to be out of the news these last few weeks and there is a lot of talk about “green levies”. So, what environmental costs are part of our bills and what are their effects? Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, January 2014

The government has announced new Feed in Tariff rates to apply for solar PV installations from January 1st 2014. This round sees little change for smaller scale installations typical of the domestic market. The bands for installations above 50kW see reductions of 3.5%. Continue reading

Energy Prices Are Freezing [cartoon]

It turns out that energy prices are freezing. In more ways than one. Continue reading

FIT Installation Update, July – September 2013

September 2013 saw installations under the UK Feed in Tariff scheme reach 421,963 and a total installed capacity of 2,088.62 MW. The third quarter of 2013 had 25,959 installations accounting for 171.16 MW of added renewable energy generation capacity. Continue reading

Introduction to the Green Deal

The UK’s Green Deal programme is the first of its kind in the world. The scheme offers households a way to improve the efficiency of their property, reduce their carbon footprint and future proof their home, all without any capital … Continue reading

UK Government Reveals Solar PV Roadmap

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have released the detail of their UK Solar PV Strategy document. Describing it as a Roadmap to a Brighter Future, Greg Baker, the minister for the department, revealed the document at the … Continue reading

Alternate Efficient Technologies to Heat Your Home

Most homes in the UK have some version of central heating. If you are looking to replace all or part of this system in the near future, it is important to consider all the options to ensure you invest in an efficient heating system both for now and for the future. Continue reading

Price Freeze Speculation and Fixed Price Energy Promotions

Energy companies are queuing up to cash in on the announcement by the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband that the party would freeze energy bills if they were elected and using it to promote their fixed price deals. Continue reading

She Should Have Gone For Solar Panels

Home energy projects come in all shapes and sizes but this lady’s neighbours would prefer if she’d contacted a solar panel installer instead. Continue reading

An Introduction to Solar Thermal – Solar Heating

Solar thermal is a popular choice for many householders. Unlike solar photovoltaics, solar thermal does not produce electricity. The panels are designed to warm water which can be used to supply hot water to the home or even to heat water for swimming pools or small central heating systems. Continue reading

I Think We’ve Just Been FRACKED!

Ethel and Vera experience the recent off-shore earthquake and ponder their concerns over fracking. Continue reading

How Do Solar Panels Work?

So we all know we can pop some photovoltaic (PV) panels up on our roof and they will somehow convert the energy from the sun into useable electricity for our homes, but how do solar panels actually work? Continue reading

Energy Storage Projects Finally Taking Off

In just the last six months there have been 38 new energy storage projects announced or started. These projects are now part of more than 600 worldwide projects designed to advance energy storage technologies. Continue reading

What to Expect From the Domestic RHI? [infographic]

On July 12th, 2013 the government announced details of the proposed domestic RHI. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme to incentivise the move to renewable energy sources for heating. The RHI has been in place since 2011 … Continue reading

FIT Installation Update, April – June 2013

June 2013 saw installations under the Feed in Tariff scheme reach 398,188 and a total installed capacity of 1918.15 MW. This report analyses Feed in Tariff data on confirmed installations for April 2013 to June 2013. Continue reading

Tips for Choosing a Solar Panel Installer

When you’ve decided to invest in solar panels, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the best people on the job. Here are some tips to help you choose the best solar installer for your project. Continue reading

New RHI Tariffs Finally Revealed

After a number of delays due to the consultation process, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has finally announced the tariffs for domestic users of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which will be available from the spring of … Continue reading

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