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UK government criticised for 'shocking' inaction on insulating draughty homes

Citizens Advice says silence on energy efficiency plans will mean households lose out<p>The government’s failure to take action on insulating draughty homes has been criticised by the statutory body for energy consumers.<p>As millions of households brace for another round of energy bill rises after …

Energy Efficiency

How cities can minimise energy use

Conventional buildings consume much energy for heating and cooling to protect them from the temperature effects of climate and seasons. But some …

Landlords need to upgrade old properties to make them energy efficient

Landlords who rent out properties built in the Victorian era and early part of the twentieth century may be forced to make upgrades to make them more …

How Solar Power Could Slay the Fossil Fuel Empire by 2030

A Stanford business professor predicts that today’s energy and automobile industries will be swept away in just over a decade by solar and wind power, and electric cars.<p>​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over. A …

How to make old homes energy efficient

Thirty five years ago I bought a row of 350-year-old Welsh half-timbered industrial workers’ cottages. Good move, except for the several kinds of damp, the beetles, woodworm, rotting windows, multicoloured moulds, doors that did not fit and a resident cat.<p>Over the years, nearly everything has been …

Green levies on energy bills to double by 2020, official estimates show

Subsidies to pay for new wind, solar and nuclear plants will treble by 2030, official estimates show<p>Green levies on energy bills will more than double by 2020 and treble by 2030, new government analysis shows.<p>Every household now pays £68 a year to subsidise renewable energy projects such as wind …

Energy-saving tips in old homes: everything you need to know

Thanks to campaign group 10:10, home energy experts Mukti Mitchell and Chit Chong answer your questions on making old houses more efficient<p>Old houses are amazing, but those draughty chimneys, rattly windows and ancient boilers can play havoc with your carbon cutting plans.<p>We're always hearing from …