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What Do the Changes to Feed-in Tariffs Mean for Me?

As of 15h January, there have been new tariffs introduced by the government to their FITs (Feed-in Tariffs) schemes, which will be applicable for all new applications submitted. Any applications that were received before 14th January will be considered for the old rates, if the application is accepted.

Any applications that are submitted between now and 7th February will be placed into a queue system as the FIT scheme has been paused for this period of time. If you already had a FIT scheme approved before 14th January, then none of these new changes will affect you.

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Heat pumps – the ‘new’ technology you’ve been using for decades

Despite the current relatively low price of oil and gas, many people are looking at a more sustainable way to heat their homes because they are worried about climate change and realise that fuel prices will not stay low forever.

Many will have now heard of an ‘air source heat pump’ and wondered whether this ‘new’ technology is suitable for their home.

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Windows are one of the ways in which heat will be lost from your home, but with improved technology, energy-efficient windows can reduce the amount of heat lost as well as the amount of noise that enters into your home. This can be achieved with secondary glazing, double or triple glazing or more simply, by hanging heavier curtains in front of your windows.

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A Guide to Ground Source Heat Pumps

It may not be one of the most talked about of energy sources, but a surprising amount of hospitals, schools and offices are looking into the ground for their heating energy sources. Ground source heat pumps can provide a great source of heat energy for larger buildings as well as your own home; and with the ground being so readily accessible, its popularity is growing.

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The Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps have become more of an interest to homeowners now they are eligible for the domestic renewable heat incentive. Owners that choose this efficient alternative to heating their home can be paid for playing their part in the fight against global warming. Homes with decent insulation that choose to install heat pumps can reduce the cost of heating their home quite significantly (between £300 and £600 a year) as well as reduce carbon emissions. Unsure of what heat pumps are all about? This blog looks into the pros and cons of heat pumps to help you decide if they are the choice for you.

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Choosing a biomass boiler – Top 5 things you need to know

For all the eco-friendly, self-sustaining folks out there, biomass boilers are becoming a must-have household item. A good quality biomass boiler is compact, automated and is very close to a fossil fuel system. This means it is better for the environment with a nearly zero net carbon footprint and they can offer lower running costs.

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CMA sets out case for energy market reform

The CMA has today published its provisional findings after a comprehensive year-long investigation into the energy market.

In a summary of its provisional findings published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has highlighted a range of problems hindering competition in the market, including the extent to which consumers are engaged in the market and shortcomings in regulation and the ability to deliver change across the market. It also points to the need for a coherent and transparent approach to responsibilities and policy implementation by those overseeing the industry.

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How to care for your solar PV panels.

Are your solar panels under performing? If you think they are or you actually don’t have a clue then you need to read the following information. This blog covers the basics of solar panel maintenance and gives specific advice on systems available to help you monitor efficiency.

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Fox: Judges ruling on energy-saving defies common sense

Conservative MEPs have criticised a ruling by the European Court of Justice today banning Britain from cutting VAT on energy-saving materials.

Ashley Fox, leader of Britain’s Conservative MEPs, said the judgment against the UK Government was “unfortunate and unwelcome”.

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How to cut down on water waste in your home

Water is one of the hardest things to keep track of in your home especially if there are many people living in your home. The kids may leave the taps running whilst they clean their teeth, mum may rinse the dishes under running water after washing them and your teenage daughter may take a 40 minute shower after a sports match. These are difficult things to track and monitor. Raising awareness in your home about cutting down on water is vital to helping the environment and to saving you money on your bills. Read on to find ways to cut down on water waste in your home.

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SunEdison launches the search for #britainsbrighteststreet to Britain’s homeowners

SunEdison is on the hunt for Britain’s most solar savvy street by offering 10 years’ worth of solar generated electricity to participating neighbours in the selected street

#BritainsBrightestStreet participating homeowners can save approximately 45% on their electricity bills and on top of this, SunEdison will also contribute a PV system to the community

SunEdison, Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company, today announced the search for #BritainsBrightestStreet to mark the launch of the new SunEdison Energy Saver Plan, a way for homeowners to go solar and take advantage of immediate savings with no upfront cost.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wind Turbines

If you don’t have a basic understanding of what a wind turbine is then you must have been living under a rock and not noticed all the huge turbine plants popping up all over the country. Wind turbines are one of the most common and effective technologies available today for producing your own electricity for your home. This blog acts as a beginner’s to wind turbines and gives you the options for your own home. Get ready to be transported to a place where it is possible for your home to come off the grid.

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What is collective energy supplier switching?

Collective switching is a process where a group of individuals can negotiate to get a better deal on their energy costs. In most cases a third party representative will act on behalf of the group, such as a charity, business or local council. The idea behind collective switching is that bulk purchases usually result in a cheaper overall tariff for each individual.

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Is your smart meter really that smart?

All across the UK homes are being fitted with smart meters that claim to make energy use more visible, but the question has been raised as to whether this will actually reduce energy consumption. With three quarters of the British public in favour of smart meters and the sharing of energy use data, the hopes are high and the government plans to have the smart technology installed in every home and business before the closing of the decade. But will homeowners actually pay attention to their metres and monitor more efficient appliances in their home or use as much as they always have to meet their needs? Lets take a look:

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