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New report about engaging residents on energy consumption is launched


Homes make up over 28% of all UK carbon emissions. The Government is legally committed to the goal of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. With 70% of the housing required in 2050 already built, we can take action now by improving existing homes and engaging households.


2 Easy wins in saving energy in homes - findings from voltage optimisation study


Sustainability in our homes is immensely important for the UK, with 27% of the UK’s emissions coming from our homes. The government has set a target for reducing the UK’s emissions by 80% on 1990 levels by 2050. Reduction in energy demand not only brings benefits for the global environment, but also lowers costs and improves quality of life for the occupants.


Fuel poverty dips, but will rise soon


The DECC annual report on fuel poverty in the UK for 2010 was published last week. It sets out some exceptionally interesting findings on fuel poverty.


Hastoe Housing Association issues a £100m bond

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Hastoe Housing Association has become the smallest housing association to successfully issue an own named bond. The own name bond means the bond was created under Hastoe company name (Hastoe Capital plc).


Mayor of London announces further appointments to his top team


The Mayor of London has confirmed further appointments to the team set to deliver his key priorities including more jobs and economic growth in a cleaner, greener and healthier city 


View a super energy efficient retrofitted home in Bolton – opening this Friday.


St Vincent’s Housing, a SHIFT member, has launched a fully retrofitted property in Farnworth, which has been kitted out with every feasible green initiative and energy saving gadget on the market. The Cosy Home, demonstrates how fuel bills and fuel poverty can be tackled, with:-


The 4 top changes to benefits and how they impact your residents


Benefits are changing significantly in April 2013. We thought it might be of use to set out the benefit changes and how they may affect your residents.


One of the first Green Deal Advisor training sessions launches in London

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The Government will introduce its Green Deal finance for energy efficiency improvements from Autumn 2024. This is a great opportunity for home owners to install energy efficiency products to their property up to the value of approx. £10,000 at no upfront cost.


Renewable Heat Incentive – 3 reasons the delay is not a big deal


Inside Housing recently asked us to comment on the delay of the Renewable Heat Incentive.  Their question was, “Will the delay to the RHI be a major setback for social landlords’ plans for renewable heating?” Here’s how we replied:


£10million available for improving energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings


The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is launching a £10m programme to improve the energy efficiency of existing non-domestic buildings. This competition is funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) with support and resourcing from the TSB. The Carbon Plan, published by DECC, sets out the Government’s plans for reducing carbon emissions. It provides funding for innovation in buildings to reduce emissions.


£4million grant available for building process competition


The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is investing up to £4m in collaborative research and development to encourage a radical rethink of the build process and supply chain relationships, leading to more consistent delivery of low-impact buildings.


Spreading light on low energy lightbulbs – an easy reference

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We often get asked about light bulbs, so we thought it might be useful to provide a bit more information. First some useful quick facts.


Nine striking facts about water


Having just experienced the fifth driest March on record, focus on water scarcity is on the up. And yes, this is despite the wettest month on record in April 2024. 


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