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What house builders will no longer have to do - the 'BedZED' Beddington Zero Carbon Development in south London. Photo: BioRegional via Flickr.

Government caves in to developers on 'zero carbon' homes

Oliver Tickell

4th June 2014

The Government has gutted its 'zero carbon home' standard - builders will be able to 'zero the carbon' through an offsetting scheme - rather than by installing more insulation, or renewable technologies like solar PV or solar water heating. more...
Infra-red image showing how open shop doors pour heat into our streets. Image: closethedoor.org.uk

Shut that door!

Jeannie Dawkins

20th December 2013

As we embark on our final splurge of Christmas shopping, spare a thought for all those heaters blasting hot air in customers' faces, set above wide open doors. Jeannie Dawkins says the waste of energy is a national disgrace that must be ended! more...
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Government condemns the poor to cold homes

Paul Ekins

10th December 2013

Low income families in the UK are cold mainly because they live in badly insulated buildings. The Chancellor has missed the opportunity to address this key issue, writes Paul Ekins, in the name of cutting 'green taxes'. The poor will suffer. more...
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Mr Cameron: will it be heating or eating this winter?

John Sinfield

12th November 2013

The MD of Britain's largest insulation company demands: back warm, efficient homes now, or condemn millions to cold, damp and sky-rocketting fuel bills. more...
How to… power down your home

How to… power down your home while you're away

Rachael Stubbins

3rd May, 2012

If you want to return from holiday to a low electricity bill and a guilt-free conscience, power down your home before you go. Not sure how? Rachael Stubbins has more more...
green car

Top 10...easy ways to make driving greener

James Hind

7th October, 2011

In an ideal world we’d all take the train but it isn’t always possible. So what to do? Carbuzz.co.uk's James Hind has some tips more...
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Energy heroes: Ashden Awards winners help deliver UK's low-carbon future

Matilda Lee

17th June, 2011

From education and training to hands-on application of energy efficiency and renewable technologies, this year's Ashden Award winners, announced this week, are weaning the UK off its addiction to fossil fuels more...
Seasoning wood

How to ensure a warmer winter by seasoning your firewood

Jonathan Rouse

17th September, 2010

Drying wood properly can increase the energy it releases when burned. Read on for The Ecologist's guide to ensuring your Yuletide logs are as fuel-efficient as possible more...
Sustainable refurbishment

The Government has seriously miscalculated the cost of green homes

David Thorpe

9th August, 2010

There's a lot of nonsense talked, bought and done when it comes to eco-retrofitting houses. David Thorpe's new book sorts the wheat from the chaff, and challenges some green orthodoxies... more...

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part one

Sue Wheat

29th April, 2010

One family's journey to turn a draughty, turn-of-the-century terrace into a snug paragon of eco efficiency more...
Anne Power

LSE's Anne Power: my recipe for 80 per cent energy savings in your home

Matilda Lee

3rd March, 2010

Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy Housing and Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, on why nearly all homeowners can afford to insulate properly, and how to save energy on a budget more...
Green your home

Ecologist guide to greening your home

Laura Sevier

2nd March, 2010

Greening your home can save you energy and money as well as making it healthier and lowering its carbon footprint more...

Efficiency: 1/21 of 21

Thermafleece

Wrap up your home

Laura Sevier

1st March, 2010

Insulating your home will save energy and money. This simple guide will show you where to start and what material to use

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Balehaus at Bath University

Using compressed straw as the ultimate eco building material

Eifion Rees

20th November, 2009

A new project at Bath University shows that building with straw is not just eco-friendly, but cheap, easily adaptable and fully recyclable at the end of its life more...

How efficient are your home appliances?

Kate Herbert

17th September, 2009

Energy Tariff Ltd launches an energy calculator website for domestic appliances, allowing you to choose the most efficient products and tariffs. more...
Hasankeyf in Turkey

Turkish dam project scrapped, but pipeline gets go-ahead

Ecologist

13th July, 2009

Turkey's plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris have been scrapped as Europe withdraws funds for a failure to meet environmental obligations, while plans for the trans-Europe Nabucco gas pipeline are ratified more...
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Why can't the automobile industry get a handle on low-carbon cars?

Harriet Williams

19th February, 2009

A hub of invention, why can't the automobile industry get a handle on low-carbon cars? The answer's in the profit margins - which is why the credit crunch offers hope for the future, says Harriet Williams more...
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Efficiency be Damned

Nicols Fox

19th January, 2009

Far from being a silver bullet for climate change, efficiency is the driving force for ever more gluttonous consumption patterns and all the health and environmental consequences they entail more...
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Get SMART: This technology can cut energy use

Rachel Clode

1st May, 2008

Rachel Clode explains why every switched-on homeowner should be turned on by SMART technology
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Time to green your PC

News

11th June, 2007

As awareness grows of the huge and swelling carbon footprint made by the world’s IT infrastructure, the government has launched a task-force to green our PCs. more...
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Small scale farming: A global perspective

Peter Rosset and Vandana Shiva

3rd June, 2000

Peter Rosset argues for small farms in the North...and Vandana Shiva champions those in the South more...

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