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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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How to make your windows more energy efficient

At this time of the year we are very used to hearing people ask how they can avoid losing heat through their windows. Windows feel much colder in winter and they can be very inefficient. Looking at ways to make your windows more energy efficient can help you to save money and use less energy heating your home. This blog gives you some practical tips and tricks to ensuring your windows are completely sealed and as proficient as possible.

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Sophisticated radiators for the stylish home

We all know that the main purpose of radiators is to heat your home but just because they are practical doesn’t mean they cannot be stylish.  Whether you want your radiators to stand out as a design feature in a contemporary apartment or blend in sympathetically with a Victorian building, cast iron radiators in a suitable paint finish may be the solution you are looking for.

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Heating And Cooling Consume Almost Half Of All Energy Used In The Home

Your cooling and heating equipment accounts for almost half of your household energy expenses throughout the year. At the same time, the heavy activity of your heating and cooling system leads to plenty of wear and tear. This is why it is important to have HVAC performance evaluations and regular equipment inspection to fine tune your system.

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Is double-glazing worth the cost?

With all the hype surrounding green energy and efficiency it is difficult to decide what is the right choice for your home, especially with contractors quoting extortionate amounts of money for certain jobs. Most of us follow the logic that heat rises and so loft insulation is the first important step in insulating your property. But what is next? Do you double-glaze your windows and is it worth double-glazing? This blog looks into the benefits of double-glazing your home and possible alternatives that may be just as affective.

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How to buy and install a biomass boiler

A biomass boiler is one of the eligible heating systems for the new Renewable Heat Incentive, an initiative recently released by the government where homeowners are paid back for installing renewable heating systems in their homes. Buying and installing a biomass boiler can be confusing and it is important that you choose the right one for the size of your home.

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A Guide to Harvesting Rainwater

Water feels like a luxury we take for granted. It comes through our taps and we don’t really have to understand where it comes from and how it gets to us. We just get to use it whenever we choose and pay for it when the bill comes through. The fact of the matter is, we are actually not as rich in water as you would expect from a rainy country like England and we should be much more aware of our water use as well as the process it goes through before it reaches us. Read on to understand water distribution in the UK and how you might want to consider harvesting your own water.

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Is First Choice EPC worth the risk?

There has been a storm of protest from both assessors and customers over the business practices of online EPC provider First Choice EPC, and complaints are said to have been made about the organisation to police and Trading Standards.

According to posts on this blog, not only is the panel often failing to pay assessors or produce EPCs, but it is accused of using bullying tactics and threats to try to enforce additional payments, such as ‘cancellation fees’ from customers who, in some cases, say they had simply made an enquiry or asked for a quote – which the firm’s website claims is free.

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