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  • AlertMe to provide energy efficiency advice across Britain

    Smart home technology company AlertME will offer personal energy efficiency advice to British Gas customers who own new smart meters.

    The service is being trialled in up to 10,000 homes in the summer, before being rolled out to more locations from autumn onwards. As a result of the partnership, data from smart meters will be converted into personalised data that could allow consumers to save millions of pounds.

    AlertMe chief executive officer Mary Turner said: "We can take the smart meter information, put it in context and make the most relevant recommendations to help customers make simple decisions that can save them a lot of money."

    Ms Turner explained that the deal will allow customers to get "more than just an accurate bill" from their smart meters.

    The agreement could be welcome news for consumers, after a Gocompare.com study found that 36 per cent of people find their electricity bills difficult to understand.

  • Energy saving seminar announced in Cardiff

    Companies in Cardiff have been invited to take part in a free seminar that hopes to teach them to improve their energy efficiency.

    It will be hosted by EMSc Ltd, manufacturer of the award-winning Powerstar voltage optimisation system, and will be held at Cardiff University's Birchwood House on June 7th.

    Speaking at the event will be Powerstar UK sales manager Paul Newell, who will discuss the benefits of voltage optimisation, such as its energy savings and financial returns.

    Dr Alex Mardapittas, managing director at EMSc (UK) Ltd, said: "Delivered in association with a number of highly regarded experts, this seminar is aimed at showcasing voltage optimisation as a reliable and credible energy efficiency technology."

    Elsewhere, specialists at Sheffield University's engineering faculty have found a new way of tackling carbon emissions.

    The experts believe that excess heat from steel plants could be used to heat Sheffield and reduce its carbon emissions.

    These plants would need to be located just outside the city centre and could be connected to an existing heating network, the specialists noted.

  • Private tenants more likely to face high energy bills

    Private tenants throughout the UK are more likely to rack up higher energy bills than homeowners, research shows.

    Those that rent in the private sector pay an average of £31 more every year than homeowners and £90 more than tenants who are in social housing, according to a study by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

    Jeremy Blackburn, Rics head of UK policy, said: "Those renting privately should expect the same standards in insulation and heating as homeowners and those in social housing."

    Mr Blackburn continued by saying that more needs to be accomplished to ensure that private rental property is fit for purpose and energy efficient.

    The benefits of making homes greener were outlined in a recent study by the NHBC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub, which found that energy efficiency measures could help to generate yearly savings of roughly 50 per cent with regard to gas and electricity spending.

  • Private tenants more likely to face high energy bills

    Private tenants throughout the UK are more likely to rack up higher energy bills than homeowners, research shows.

    Those that rent in the private sector pay an average of £31 more every year than homeowners and £90 more than tenants who are in social housing, according to a study by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

    Jeremy Blackburn, Rics head of UK policy, said: "Those renting privately should expect the same standards in insulation and heating as homeowners and those in social housing."

    Mr Blackburn continued by saying that more needs to be accomplished to ensure that private rental property is fit for purpose and energy efficient.

    The benefits of making homes greener were outlined in a recent study by the NHBC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub, which found that energy efficiency measures could help to generate yearly savings of roughly 50 per cent with regard to gas and electricity spending.

  • Insulation grant announced in new partnership for Ryedale

    A grant for insulation has been confirmed by Ryedale District Council and the Yorkshire Energy Partnership, which aims to fund home insulation for local residents.

    As a result of the move, free external wall insulation will be available for Ryedale residents who are off-mains gas and have the necessary qualifying benefits, according to the Gazette & Herald.

    Speaking to the news provider, councillor Linda Cowling, chairman of Ryedale District Council's commissioning board, said: "Even if you don’t qualify for free external wall insulation, there are still huge discounts available through this scheme, offering at least 50 per cent off, so we’re urging people to take full advantage while funds last."

    These remarks come after a study by E.ON found that UK renters are missing out on annual savings of over £900 million as a result of not installing basic energy saving measures such as insulation.

    The research found that only two in ten renters are making a conscious effort to improve the energy efficiency of their home.

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