More ambitious plans for making the UK’s homes energy efficient could create 22,545 new full-time jobs.
Turning down the heating just 1C in a room can produce significant savings, our energy expert says.
Turning down your heating by just 1℃ can save around £55 a year.
An infrared image shows where heat leaks from buildings.
The government’s failure to insulate housing stock has meant that households aren’t insulated from record energy prices.
Insulate Britain activists block the A41 roundabout between Watford and Kings Langley.
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Climate activists don’t have to be popular to achieve their goals.
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Insulate Britain, a new environmental campaign group, is right to highlight the need for action on home insulation.
The ratings used to assess energy efficiency in homes throughout Europe are often inaccurate.
Victoria’s $800 million energy efficiency plan promises to lower power bills, make homes more comfortable and help meet our climate goals. It’s high time other states picked this low-hanging fruit.
As the UK heads into a recession, here are some simple - and cheap - tips to reduce utility bills and make less of an impact on the planet.
Air conditioning cools city residents during heat waves, but also strains the power grid and fuels climate change.
Climate change is making extreme weather events, both hot and cold, more frequent across the Great Lakes region. Weatherizing low-income residents’ homes is an important way to prepare.
Installing smart meters saves energy and creates jobs.
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It’s often more effective, cheaper and less controversial than other efforts to confront climate change.
In the wake of the Paris Climate Agreement, France has committed to cutting achieving carbon neutrality for its building stock by 2050. While the goal is ambitious, the challenges are significant.
Living in a single-storey unit can lead to much higher air conditioning costs.
Aged-care units can be a lottery of comfortable versus uncomfortable temperatures, depending on the building’s construction and where you live within it. That needs to improve.
If you’re feeling hot this summer, consider a retrofit.
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Before you spend up on heating and cooling, here are a few simple retrofits to try first.
You shouldn’t have to crank up the aircon.
Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.
A third of Scots can’t afford it.
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Scotland’s failure to meet target illustrate a worldwide problem - the right to adequate heating and energy is not being properly recognised.
Getting your heating upgraded in a rental can be a nightmare.
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Improving energy efficiency is not an option for a significant number of people in Australia – renters.
How Messrs Thouless, Haldane and Kosterlitz could hold the key to the future.
There’s a lot to consider before you can be sure a shipping container home is your best affordable housing option.
Have you thought about usable space, re-engineering, structural integrity, contamination, insulation and comfort? If not, you need to before jumping into building a home from shipping containers.
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There’s loads of advice out there on how to save energy. But how much of it is based on real scientific evidence?
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If you live in a poorly insulated home, and many of us do, you could spend thousands this winter on energy bills. But our ancestors had many ways to keep snug at little or no cost. Now, thanks to modern…