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Reduce energy bills could by £270 a year

LOCAL householders’ power bills could be reduced by an average of £270 a year, according to top scientist Nick Eyre, professor of energy at the University of Oxford and the leading author of a government-funded research on heating efficiency. Among the findings of the UK Energy Research Centre [...]

Can pollution reduce the value of a property?

Buyers looking for property in congested areas are becoming increasingly concerned about pollution and in the future, homes for sale may have to display traffic light style warnings informing people about surrounding air quality. According to one recent report, poor air quality can reduce the [...]

How to save energy if you work from home

AVOIDING the daily commute and slashing fuel costs are just some of the many energy-saving benefits to be enjoyed by people working from home. But there are plenty of other ways in which people who work from home can cut back on their energy use ‒ and save themselves money, too. If you work [...]

Top five energy saving tips for spring

Now that spring has officially sprung, we’ve decided to put together some of our top energy-saving tips for longer days and (hopefully) better weather. Switch off the tumble dryer Take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by drying your washing outdoors instead of in a tumble [...]

Homeowners warned over pollution health risks

A RECENT study has revealed that living near a main road may increase health risks. The decade-long research, which was published in The Lancet, found that one in 10 dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy road could be attributed to noise and pollution from emissions. [...]

Use solar power to go green in 2017

GOING green for the New Year not only helps to protect the planet but has significant money-saving benefits too. The cost of renewable technology is now more affordable than ever – and we’re predicting more people will invest in environmentally-friendly solutions such as solar power in [...]

Act now to avoid price increase on solar panels

AN EXPECTED manufacturer’s price increase at the end of the month could see the cost of certain solar panels rise. Some makers of solar thermodynamic panels will potentially raise the cost towards the end of November. If anyone is interested in installing solar thermodynamics, now is the time [...]

Guest post: What is a zero carbon home?

This week, we’re welcoming Croft Architecture to guest blog about what makes a zero carbon home.  “How many of us wake up on a winter’s morning and crank the thermostat up because we feel a little chilly? The majority of us that live in the UK will reside in a home built before the [...]

Will EPCs be reviewed in Brexit Britain?

ENERGY Performance Certificates (EPCs) could be overhauled following the decision to leave the European Union. Under current regulations, which are part of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, EPCs must be obtained by anyone selling or renting out their property. An EPC gives a [...]

Increase floor space to improve your home’s value

ADDING a loft conversion and creating extra floor space can add as much as 20 per cent to the value of a property. A past survey from Nationwide Building Society shows that building an extension incorporating a bedroom and bathroom could increase the value of a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house [...]

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