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Finnish Broadcasting Company: Why Helsinki doesn’t extend upwards?

Extensions to existing buildings are beginning to rise above the urban and industrial areas of Helsinki’s currently rather horizontal skyline. As The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE reports, the number of extensions upward is still quite small – yet there is growing interest in the air.

The demand for housing in urban areas continues to grow globally. Today more than half of the world’s population is living in the cities, according to the UN’s The World’s Cities in 2016 report.

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Emerging Markets and the Future of LNG

New players are bolstering the industry, and ensuring the growth of the sector

London 12-01-17 – The total LNG trade reached 244.8 metric tons (MT) in 2015, up 4.7 MT from the previous year. This marks the largest year for LNG trade in the industry’s history, even though Japanese import prices fell drastically between January and December 2015. Despite this, the start of new projects contributed to the buoyancy of the sector and the industry has remained vibrant, continuing to grow. Currently Asia accounts for more than half of global LNG imports, with Japan, South Korea and China leading the way and accounting for just over half of the global market share.

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Over 6 million Brits do not use ANY energy saving devices in their home

12% of adults in the UK admit to not using any energy saving devices in the home, according to new research.

The information comes from a survey carried out on behalf of one of the leading independent suppliers, OVO energy.

The poll interviewed 2,000 UK residents about their approach to energy in the home.

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Cold, cold Christmas for millions of Britain’s vulnerable households

With less than two weeks until Christmas, our thoughts inevitably turn to decorating the tree and curling up by the fire. But for over three million UK households affected by fuel poverty, it could be a cold, cold Christmas ahead.And many millions more financially vulnerable people will struggle to keep the chestnuts roasting this Christmas.

Research from Baringa Partners, conducted earlier this year, exposed financial vulnerability as one of society’s greatest hidden problems. A staggering one in three adults in the UK consider themselves to be financially vulnerable; yet only between three and four percent are classified as such by energy and banking companies, respectively.

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NRG and NCBJ collaborate on safe nuclear reactors

Dutch and Polish researchers use computer capacity NCBJ for simulations

PETTEN/ŚWIERK – Researchers of the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) and researchers from the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) will start a collaboration to further improve the safety of nuclear reactors. Both institutes signed a memorandum of agreement for a three year collaboration including computations to be performed on 5000 cores of the Polish supercomputer – Świerk Computing Centre (CIŚ).

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A Guide to Smart Meters

Smart meters are currently being rolled out into all UK homes, with the aim of each household having one by 2020. However, many of us still have questions about them and some are unclear as to whether they’re going to be as beneficial as we’re told.

A smart energy meter is the next generation of gas and electric meters and will provide a multitude of functions that should make energy bills far more clear and accurate. They are digitally connected, which means they can communicate with your energy supplier directly so no-one has to come to your home to carry out meter readings.

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Is There Anything the AGA Can’t Do?

If you’re considering getting an AGA, or if you’re wondering just why people get so attached to theirs (it’s just a glorified cooker, right?), then this post is for you, as it explains why this all-singing, all-dancing piece of kitchen equipment will transform your life.

What can your AGA do for you that a regular oven and even your humble microwave can’t?

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15 Energy-Saving Tips for the Home

Although it’s the height of summer now, autumn and winter will soon be here and you’ll be thinking about the extra energy costs. To head these concerns off at the pass, here’s 15 tips – that you can adopt now – to reduce those bills.
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Pets Cost Home Owners £78million in Energy Bills 

New research conducted by the Energy Saving Trust suggests that £78million a year extra is being spent on gas and electric by pet owners in the UK as they worry about their furry friends being cold, stressed or lonely whilst they are out.

This latest study indicates that two out of five pet owners like to leave their heating on during the day in order to keep their pets warm, with a quarter leaving the radio on and a tenth leaving the TV on for company. It has been calculated that all of this additional energy used in the UK to keep pets warm and entertained could light 56,000 homes for an entire year.

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Heat Pumps – Your Questions Answered

At present, heat pumps are one of the lesser known renewable energy sources so you will probably have a lot of questions if you’re looking into this as an option for your home. Predominantly used in Switzerland, Sweden and Austria, these are a green energy that have been introduced as part of the bid to reduce carbon emissions by 2020.

Before purchasing a heat pump it is important to fully understand them so you can identify the advantages / disadvantages before proceeding with one. However, with a growing number of people installing these, there are some very positive reviews and it has been identified that they will reduce energy bills by approximately 50%.

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Renewable energy to supply electricity comparable to fossil fuel by 2030

Due to the high demand for green power, harvested renewable energy is projected to be at 100% by 2030. Based on a study commission by the federal government in Australia, clean energy from wind, solar and hydro is forecasted to produce the same amount of power as fossil fuels in less than 15 years time. However, investment may range from $219 billion to $252 billion.

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Changes to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Payments – How Will They Affect Me?

A Renewable Heat Incentive is a scheme that was established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). It promotes the use of renewable energy sources by offering quarterly payments to those involved in the scheme, so long as they abide by the guidelines in place.

There are two types of incentives, commercial and domestic, depending on the property in which the energy source is installed. But, with new rates coming into play on 1st January 2016, what does this mean for those looking at entering into the scheme in the near future?

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CMA sets out proposals to energy market changes

In a summary of its provisional decision on remedies published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out a comprehensive and wide-ranging package of remedies to address the problems hindering competition, which it proposes to introduce following the conclusion of its investigation in June.

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The Energy-efficiency of a Property Could Become a Key Factor in Mortgages

In order to encourage improvements that will increase the energy-efficiency of properties in the UK, it has been suggested that financial gains need to be put in place. And, with plans already underway, the accuracy of mortgage lending could play an integral role in meeting these requirements.

BRE, Nationwide, the Energy Saving Trust and many other companies are currently involved in the LENDERS scheme, a project that involves increasing the accuracy when estimating how much a property is spending on energy. By doing so, they believe this will help to promote a worthy cycle in the property market for energy-efficient homes.

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