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  • 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.

  • UK drops out of top five clean-energy countries

    Britain has dropped out of the list of the world's top five clean energy countries, research shows.

    It is now placed sixth out of 40 countries in Ernst & Young's quarterly report, with the nation falling below Italy.

    However, Ben Warren, Ernst & Young's energy and environmental finance leader, noted that proposals for a spending programme to boost the UK's transmission infrastructure for renewable energy is optimistic news.

    "There is significant concern across the green energy sector that the government will shift its focus towards natural gas as an alternative to renewable," Mr Warren added.

    He also highlighted that the Electricity Market Reform must provide the correct framework in order to stimulate investment when it comes to energy generation.

    Customers across the UK may also gain energy benefits after smart home technology company AlertMe announced that it will provide personal energy efficiency tips to British Gas customers who utilise new smart meters.

  • UK drops out of top five clean-energy countries

    Britain has dropped out of the list of the world's top five clean energy countries, research shows.

    It is now placed sixth out of 40 countries in Ernst & Young's quarterly report, with the nation falling below Italy.

    However, Ben Warren, Ernst & Young's energy and environmental finance leader, noted that proposals for a spending programme to boost the UK's transmission infrastructure for renewable energy is optimistic news.

    "There is significant concern across the green energy sector that the government will shift its focus towards natural gas as an alternative to renewable," Mr Warren added.

    He also highlighted that the Electricity Market Reform must provide the correct framework in order to stimulate investment when it comes to energy generation.

    Customers across the UK may also gain energy benefits after smart home technology company AlertMe announced that it will provide personal energy efficiency tips to British Gas customers who utilise new smart meters.

  • Liverpool John Moores University study warns of carbon monoxide threats

    A study by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has warned people of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO).

    The research found that 120 homes in Liverpool and Coventry contained high levels of the substance, despite inhabitants being unaware of its presence.

    Dr Andrew Shaw, lead academic on the study for LJMU’s built environment and sustainable technologies (BEST) research institute, said that there is a significance risk of the number of CO-related incidents increasing in homes.

    "The longer-term data loggers showed that there is a significant presence of low-level CO in homes that may not trigger a CO alarm but could still potentially lead to long-term health problems," Dr Shaw explained.

    These findings come after Wayne Marshall, a builder from Seven Sisters, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after carrying out inefficient chimney repairs that led to a carbon monoxide leak.

    Mr Marshall was assigned to fix the joint chimney in March 2010.

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