Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • Homes should capitalise on solar energy schemes, expert advises

    Property owners should take advantage of solar energy schemes now in order to save money, one group has recommended.

    Since April 2010, there have been almost 90,000 installations of microgeneration technologies, indicating that the feed-in tariffs have encouraged many people to adopt the systems, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

    Jessica Forster, energy doctor for the organisation, said: "If you're looking at solar PV (photovoltaic) or other microgeneration [options] as an investment, we would advise taking advantage now. The rate of tariff you sign up to now you’re 'locked in' to for up to 25 years."

    Ms Forster went on to say that people cannot be certain that the current rate will be present forever.

    Last week, the Energy Saving Trust held its Energy Saving Week 2011 project, where the group dispensed advice and ideas about how property owners can cut their energy consumption, live more sustainably and save money.

  • Could air capture technology be ready for 2018?

    Air capture technology could be ready to install among flue accessories in the UK by 2018, it has been estimated.

    This is the prediction of Britain's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME), which has founded a new device that is a thousand times more effective at absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when compared to a tree of around the same size, reports Reuters.

    Tim Fox, head of environment at the institution, told the news provider: "Apart from being a vital technology for dealing with difficult-to-manage emissions like those from aviation and shipping, this technology could also be a vital tool for setting a definitive price for CO2."

    The technology could help to provide more investor assurance for companies that want to invest in large projects, such as the construction of power stations, Mr Fox asserted.

    This month, Polarcus Limited confirmed that it has entered a research collaboration project with Cambridge Carbon Capture.

    Both companies will work to decrease the CO2 emissions of ships, including Polarcus' fleet of 3D seismic vessels. 

  • People should make home improvements to 'stay warm'

    People should make improvements to their flue accessories in order to remain warm in the winter season, a specialist has advised,

    Measures such as fitting loft and cavity wall insulations can help people to escape the cold and can lead to significant financial savings, a spokesperson from the Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) has noted.

    Tony Pickup, founder of the DGCOS, said: "The most cost-effective and efficient measures to keep people warm are adequate loft insulation and cavity wall insulation but it does vary house by house depending upon what they have had done in the past."

    Mr Pickup also warned people that around 20 per cent of a property's heat is lost through windows and doors.

    It follows a survey from DGCOS, which revealed that 61 per cent of homeowners replace their doors and windows as a means of lowering their energy bills.

    The research also found that just under 50 per cent of 18-34 year-olds prioritise their home's appearance above energy savings.

  • Public will realise 'importance of sustainability'

    The importance of sustainability among the flue accessories of homes will become more obvious in the future, a specialist has noted.

    Due to rising gas and electricity bills, people are gradually becoming more aware of the need to improve their home's energy efficiency, a representative from Sustain Worldwide has explained.

    Gordon Miller, co-founder and sustainability & communications director at the company, said: "The significance of true bottom line - environmental, social and economic – sustainability has yet to register with the wider public, but it will in time as energy security and climate change become ever bigger factors."

    Mr Miller emphasised that the feed-in tariff has had a significant impact in the increased awareness of sustainability.

    Recently, housing minister Grant Shapps urged local councils and housing associations across the UK to help tenants during the winter by implementing measures that can save people up to £500 a year on energy bills, while creating thousands of local jobs.

  • Public will realise 'importance of sustainability'

    The importance of sustainability among the flue accessories of homes will become more obvious in the future, a specialist has noted.

    Due to rising gas and electricity bills, people are gradually becoming more aware of the need to improve their home's energy efficiency, a representative from Sustain Worldwide has explained.

    Gordon Miller, co-founder and sustainability & communications director at the company, said: "The significance of true bottom line - environmental, social and economic – sustainability has yet to register with the wider public, but it will in time as energy security and climate change become ever bigger factors."

    Mr Miller emphasised that the feed-in tariff has had a significant impact in the increased awareness of sustainability.

    Recently, housing minister Grant Shapps urged local councils and housing associations across the UK to help tenants during the winter by implementing measures that can save people up to £500 a year on energy bills, while creating thousands of local jobs.

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