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More cash-back for people carrying out Green Deal home improvements

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Changes to the government’s Green Deal cash-back scheme have been announced, to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.


Cleaning up after flood – quick tips for householders


If you or your family/friends are experiencing any flooding, the following may be of use


Retrofit software innovator joins sustainability group


VRM Technology, a new energy efficiency software provider, is proud to become the latest corporate partner of the Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).


New empty homes research - refurbishment reduces bills by hundreds of pounds

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Council Tax Data published in November 2024 estimated the number of empty houses in the UK at over 710,000. That could provide housing for over 1.5 million people.


Fracking- the social housing response


“The UK fracking map shows that gas could be extracted from under social landlords’ properties and next to residents’ homes. What are social landlords’ responses to this?” That was the gist of a question put to us during one of our regular updates with SHIFT members. There are arguments for and against fracking, but is there an alternative that could fund energy efficiency improvements in social housing stock?


Leading environmental consultancy generates milestones through social media


The world is getting connected. In the UK, 57% of adults used social networking in 2013 - the second most prolific social network users in Europe [Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Eurostat].


Did you know…social landlords can get Green Deal Cashback?!

Green Deal Cashback

Landlords are eligible to receive Green Deal Cashback. You need to have a Green Deal Assessment, then ‘accept a quote or Green Deal Plan with a Green Deal Provider’ ( Landlords can fund the cost of works and receive cashback – i.e. they don’t have to use GD finance. They do have to use a GD provider to install though.


77% of people support renewable energy


DECC routinely monitor public attitudes to renewable and energy issues. The idea is to gauge how the public sees what DECC does to achieve goals in areas of energy efficiency, improving the UK’s energy infrastructure and increasing the amount of energy the UK generates from low carbon sources.


International news- are we on track to a 2015 global climate deal?

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Representatives of United Nations meet annually to discuss climate goals as a part of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 19th UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) was held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11th- 22nd November 2013.


Housing Association wins top award in Quality Housing Services


Hastoe has achieved the top award in the Quality Housing Services (QHS) Criteria for Excellence Assessment in all service areas, becoming one of only two organisations to reach this level. 


One month left for energy entrepreneurs to apply for funding


A new initiative has been launched to find ten of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs who are working to tackle energy challenges, and making real, sustainable change in their communities. Established by Ignite Social Enterprise, a social investment fund focused on energy-related businesses and enterprises and backed by Centrica plc, the aim of the Big Energy Idea is to help the social entrepreneurs to grow their ventures.


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