Category Archives: Green Lifestyle

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Are we set for a Community Energy Revolution?

This month sees the start of the UK’s first ever Community Energy Fortnight. Running from the 24th August to the 8th September, the campaign aims to get people inspired about community energy through a programme of talks and tours around … Continue reading

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Visiting the world’s smartest energy users

You may have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog, and that’s because I’ve been away on holiday in Iceland. This in itself isn’t that relevant to Be Energy Smart until you realise that Iceland may … Continue reading

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A look at the future: Cheaper or free electricity if customers avoid the busy ‘One Show’ slot

Energy provider British Gas are conducting a range of smart meter trials in homes across the UK in a bid to save themselves, and us, some dosh. Homes in Sunderland and Newcastle fitted with the new meters are being offered … Continue reading

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8 Free Ways to Save Energy this Summer

1) The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation Grant It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this grant is a new scheme brought out by the government to install free cavity wall and loft insulation for anyone receiving certain benefits. You … Continue reading

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Energy saving home improvements could increase your home’s value by as much as 14%

A new study has found that improving your home’s energy efficiency rating can add as much as 14% to its selling price later down the line, with some homes increasing in value by as much as £40,000. If your house’s … Continue reading

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Weekend energy savers

6 Easy things you can do this weekend to cut your energy bills

A bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to catch up on useful things you’ve been meaning to do. Here’s how you can use the time to shave money off your energy bills. – See if you qualify for the … Continue reading

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Happy St. George’s Day!

As a nation, we can be really great and really lousy energy savers, mostly totally by accident. Here’s why… The Goodies 1. Back in your day you and all your siblings shared the same bathwater. 2. You take extreme pride … Continue reading

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5 Brilliant Energy Saving Toys

We’ve pulled together the best toys that teach your kids about the importance of saving energy and generating it renewably – some even harness your little one’s boundless energy! Most of them are still concepts, but we reckon it’s not … Continue reading

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How to spot an energy efficient fridge

A new report commissioned by charity Global Action Plan entitled ‘Watts in the Kitchen’ reveals that UK homeowners could have collectively saved millions of pounds on their energy bills if they had chosen to buy the most energy efficient appliances … Continue reading

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2012’s Energy Trends – is our energy use getting better?

Today the government released its latest energy statistics and trends, and we felt that it was a good time to reflect on the past year. What was the good and the bad energy news in 2012? Good Energy Trends: While … Continue reading

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