Energy Efficiency

06 October

The government comes under pressure to toughen up energy efficiency targets to boost the UK economy by £62bn

A new report has been released, supporting recent criticism of the government's efforts to reduce the UK's energy usage by 2030. But, the Secretary General and the European Commission claim too much too soon would not be a good thing for Britain's economy.

01 October

Solar power is set to overtake gas and oil as the planet’s main energy source by 2050

According to a new report released by the International Energy Agency, it’s likely that by mid-century, the sun could surpass oil and gas as the world’s primary source of energy.

15 July

Improvements needed for UK to meet 2025 carbon budget

Cooking surface and gas ringsThe climate change budget for the UK is reportedly running off course and destined not to meet the 2025 deadline. For improvements to be made and the deadline to be met,  the country must set long-term targets and improve its low carbon policy according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Under the Fourth Carbon ...

10 July

SEA study claims UK could be £12bn better off with greener homes

Green Energy PlugA switch in policies to concentrate on making houses greener could result in savings of over £12 billion in the UK, according to the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA). By 2050, the UK needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Currently, proposed models aim to complete this through a range of  energy technologies and ...

05 February

New report urges a push for carbon capture and storage

Power stationA new report has suggested the pursuit of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the UK could create a new £15bn-35bn industry: With the creation of the industry possibly helping save money on energy bills too. The study, conducted on behalf of the CCS Association - the industry representative - and the TUC, claims ...

27 January

npower heat map reveals UK's richest postcodes waste the most energy

House inside a lightbulbA new study has found the UK's richest postcodes are guilty of wasting the most energy. Areas including Kensington, Westminster and Chelsea were found to waste the most energy through heat loss in the npower research. By comparison, houses in Scotland Outer Hebrides and Aberdeenshire were mostly well insulated and subsequently wasted far less energy ...

19 August

New study reveals UK homeowners have cut down energy use by a quarter

Gas water heaterNew research has shown the average household in England and Wales has cut down its energy use by a quarter in the last six years. The study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the average consumption of gas and electricity plummeted by 24.7% between 2005 and 2011. The decrease in energy consumption has ...

22 July

Government to offer communities cash incentives to host nuclear plants

Power stationThe government is hoping to entice a number of UK communities to embrace nuclear power by offering millions of pounds for them to host new nuclear power plants. Using Hinckley Point, Somerset - the site of the proposed new EDF nuclear plant - as an example, the local area could receive payments of upwards of ...

19 June

DECC: energy efficiency measures can add up to 38% to property value

Green Energy PlugNew research from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed the value of a UK home can go up exponentially if energy-saving measures are fitted. The study of 300,000 property sales revealed house prices could soar in price by as much as 38%, if measures such as a new boiler, fitting loft ...

03 June

Blow to the Green Deal as cavity installation figures plummet 97%

Green Energy PlugThe number of people installing certain forms of insulation in their homes has plummeted - flying in the face of a flagship Government scheme designed to encourage UK residents to do more to improve their homes energy efficiency. The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency has released figures showing the installation of cavity wall insulation was down ...