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Energy co-ops are cutting household bills alongside carbon emissions

Energy co-ops are cutting household bills alongside carbon emissions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Ruth Rosselson is an environmental pioneer. The freelance writer and community trainer is one of the first homeowners to sign up with the Manchester-based Carbon Co-op for a programme of energy-efficiency improvements that will transform her cold and draughty house into a warm and toasty low-energy home.

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Cost Effectiveness of Home Energy Retrofits in Pre-Code Vintage Homes

This analytical study examines the opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits in residential archetypes constructed prior to 1980 (pre-code) in fourteen U.S.
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Diagramming the appliances that use the most energy

Diagramming the appliances that use the most energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Where does my electricity bill go?

The data included in our infographic is an average of our most recently tested appliances.

Our expert testers also identify the most efficient models on the market, which can save you significantly on running costs even against the average power consumption.


Electricity usage derived from product testing between 2011 and 2012. The infographic shows the hot water heater using the lion's share of the power. However this is based on electric hot water heaters using an off-peak rate. If you have solar, heat pump or high-efficiency gas, then your water heating costs are likely to be much lower.

As a general rule, the older your appliances are, the more likely they are to use more energy. For example in late-2009 over 50% of new TVs had an energy rating of less than 4 stars. By mid-2011 this number had dropped to less than 10%...


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France puts its ETS money into housing renovation

France puts its ETS money into housing renovation | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
France has decided to use the money generated by the Emissions Trading System for carbon dioxide to fund an ambitious energy-efficient renovation programme announced by President François Hollande. EurActiv.fr reports.

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Private Landlords Keen to Go Green

Private Landlords Keen to Go Green | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
More than half of private residential landlords are considering getting involved in Green Deal, according to a survey by a landlords’ association which says it is encouraging members to go green.
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Home Automation – Where it came from and where it’s going

Some people think of home automation technology as something new, but that really isn’t the case. Today’s Integrated Home Technology is actually the end result of a long history of invention and development that goes back over a hundred years.


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Home of the Future Still Years Away

Home of the Future Still Years Away | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Wireless connectivity in the home is a major theme of the IFA, the largest European consumer electronics trade fair. But real life examples of the practice are few.

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Ceramic Fuel Cells announces that its BlueGen gas-to-electricity ...

Ceramic Fuel Cells announces that its BlueGen gas-to-electricity ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The BlueGen product uses ceramic fuel cells to turn natural gas into electricity and heat for hot water, for homes, schools, offices and small commercial buildings. Surplus electricity can be sold back to the grid or used in supplementary applications such as charging electric cars. BlueGen units have the highest electrical efficiency of any small scale generating technology in the world, reducing energy bills and cutting carbon emissions.
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Lebanon Electricity: The Sun May Be the Answer to Power Cuts - Al-Bawaba

Lebanon Electricity: The Sun May Be the Answer to Power Cuts - Al-Bawaba | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

At his goat farm in the remote Bekaa Valley town of Qaa near the Syrian border, Hasan Istaytiyyah is enjoying a rare luxury in Lebanon: 24-hour electricity.

For the past seven months, the house on his farm has been running on a solar-powered system that has replaced unreliable state-run electricity, which was provided for only six hours per day. He has even discarded his noisy, expensive and polluting generator.

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Sustainable houses are becoming the new ideal homes

Sustainable houses are becoming the new ideal homes | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

She is looking for triple-glazed windows which she wanted for the ultra-low energy house she is building with partner Jim on a plot near Newport, south Wales. But he has been diverted by some thermal imagery cameras, and a solar "dock" which promises to charge up his (aspirational) electric bike with a photovoltaic panel 20ft up on a pole.

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13 tips for an energy efficient home (in warm climates)

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Renewable Energy for Homes Off Grid

Homes that are found in incredibly rural parts of the country will often have no electricity supply, meaning they have to survive without electricity or look at generating their own source. Often renewable energy sources such a solar, water or wind power hold the answer, with these homes being able to generate enough electricity for themselves.

If you are generating your own electricity then you could be receiving payments through feed-in tariffs. This is also the case for those homes that are off the grid, allowing you to receiving some of the tariff for generating your electricity, but you will be unable to get the tariff for exporting it.
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ISO standard for designing the ultra-efficient home – ARCHIDUC - Magazine d'Architecture (Luxembourg)

ISO standard for designing the ultra-efficient home – ARCHIDUC - Magazine d'Architecture (Luxembourg) | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

ISO 13153:2012, Framework of the design process for energy-saving single-family residential and small commercial buildings, will help designers to evaluate the energy-saving effectiveness of the elemental technology options at different stages of the design process.


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Is Retrofitting Better For the Environment?

Is Retrofitting Better For the Environment? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A study shows that new buildings, no matter how “green”, will take up to 80 years to overcome their negative impact on climate change and energy savings.


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The impact of energy-saving installations in European homes on the life cycle cost

The impact of energy-saving installations in European homes on the life cycle cost | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The energy-saving measures most often applied in homes relate to better insulation of the outer shell. Nevertheless, other technologies and installations can drastically drive down the energy consumption of a home. These include, amongst others, the solar boiler, heat pump, and integrated home system. Some of these less well-known techniques do even better than additional insulation, depending, of course, on the climate, the type of building (apartment or house), and the age of the building (new construction or renovation).


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Wood pellet boilers pros and cons | Green Energy Saving Tips

Wood pellet boilers are a good heating option for your home especially if you are in the process of choosing one. They are environmentally friendly and at the same time can save you money.
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Solving the next energy crisis, a million houses at a time | SmartPlanet

Solving the next energy crisis, a million houses at a time | SmartPlanet | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Instead of building a new, $17 billion nuclear power plant, Mathis showed how $5,000 worth of energy-efficiency upgrades to each of the state’s 4 million homes would save twice as much power as the new nukes would generate, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs installing insulation, air sealing, replacing windows, sealing leaky ducts, and the like.


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NHBC study reveals public attitudes to energy efficient homes ...

NHBC study reveals public attitudes to energy efficient homes ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Confusion around zero carbon homes is holding back wide-scale engagement between housebuilders and the general public on energy efficiency, according to a report published today.

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