Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • Distributed energy will become 'more important'

    Distributed energy will become more significant for Britons, one expert has predicted.

    It will help homeowners gain better control of their energy costs, while lowering emissions from properties such as stores and factories, according to Tony Cocker, chief executive of E.ON.

    Speaking at the Sustainabilitylive event in Birmingham, Mr Cocker added that E.ON has been working alongside Barratt Homes to build a new community energy centre, enabling houses to be heated and provided with electricity.

    "Rather than each individual house having a boiler, each house brings in the warm water from the network and we have a much more efficient system," he stated.

    Mr Cocker noted that its latest work is merely "a start" for the technology.

    His remarks come after Andrew Leech from the National Home Improvement Council noted that more incentive is required in order for homes to boost their energy efficiency.

    Mr Leech explained that the government can only be successful in encouraging homes to be more sustainable if the necessary money is at hand.

  • Energy efficiency is a 'priority' among residents

    Energy efficiency has become a priority among British homeowners, one UK housebuilder has insisted.

    Homes are now constructed in order to adhere to higher energy standards, with the industry aiming to develop houses to a carbon-neutral position by 2016, according to a Persimmon Homes representative.

    Mike Farley, group chief executive of Persimmon Homes, noted that open-plan living and better internet connections are set to be priorities for houses in 40 years time.

    "People are less formal these days, so people don’t necessarily need to see a separate lounge, dining room and kitchen area," he remarked.

    The expert went on to say that open-plan layouts enable people to live in more modern and flexible ways.

    A separate study by Persimmon Homes recently found that 33 per cent of people believe that they will live in eco communities in 40 years.

    As well as this, 56 per cent estimate that people will enjoy super high tech lifestyles after the same period of time.

  • Govt should put energy control powers in hands of homeowners

    The government needs to ensure that homeowners have control over their energy usage, a specialist has urged.

    Alastair Ramsay, sustainable development manager for Legrand, stated that the UK must evaluate its approach on how it uses controls with regard to lighting in commercial buildings and schemes in order for the market to deliver zero carbon properties.

    "Such a rethink would put the power to control energy use firmly in the hands of the homeowners and I say with absolute confidence that this new-found control would be popular across the board," Mr Ramsay explained.

    He added that, while Part L and the Green Deal aim to obtain a minimum level of energy efficiency, they will not be beneficial unless effective controls are included.

    These remarks follow comments from Gavin Dunn from the Property and Energy Professionals Association, who claimed that the Green Deal offers a number of opportunities for people in the residential and commercial sectors.

  • Govt should put energy control powers in hands of homeowners

    The government needs to ensure that homeowners have control over their energy usage, a specialist has urged.

    Alastair Ramsay, sustainable development manager for Legrand, stated that the UK must evaluate its approach on how it uses controls with regard to lighting in commercial buildings and schemes in order for the market to deliver zero carbon properties.

    "Such a rethink would put the power to control energy use firmly in the hands of the homeowners and I say with absolute confidence that this new-found control would be popular across the board," Mr Ramsay explained.

    He added that, while Part L and the Green Deal aim to obtain a minimum level of energy efficiency, they will not be beneficial unless effective controls are included.

    These remarks follow comments from Gavin Dunn from the Property and Energy Professionals Association, who claimed that the Green Deal offers a number of opportunities for people in the residential and commercial sectors.

  • Traditional radiator covers can decrease energy efficiency

    The use of traditional radiator covers can reduce the efficiency of heating in homes, one expert has stressed.

    The appliances are not only inefficient, but also do not look visually appealing, with furniture designer Jason Muteham describing them as a "nasty box with a grille".

    "Modern radiators are about the convection cycle, meaning you get the cold air in the bottom and hot air out of the top. As soon as you've put a thick shelf on you've killed your heating system dead," Mr Muteham explained.

    He advised that convection-style radiators are the most efficient for homeowners, adding that people must ensure that they put careful thought into choosing their radiator.

    One alternative to radiator systems could be underfloor heating, with Gr33n director Derrick Wilkinson advising that the technology works effectively with a heat pump.

    Mr Wilkinson continued by saying that heat pumps can offer substantial energy savings for residents.

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