• Minimum Energy Performance Standard
    What is the Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS)?Minimum Energy Performance Standard – not only a mouthful but set to be a headache too. MEPS is the aspect of the 2011 Energy Act intended to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the private rented sector, both residential and non-residential. The minimum standard proposed is band ...
  • Monitoring energy is not saving energy
    Monitoring energy vs taking real stepsThis section has focussed before on monitoring energy and the distinction between knowing (or thinking you know) how much energy you’re using, and taking real, measurable steps to reduce that energy consumption in a range of ways, eg thermostat control, insulation, lowere energy appliances and domestic habits. This article from ...
  • Retrofit for energy efficiency success
    What makes a successful energy efficiency retrofit?Short-term thinking: a retrofit disasterI read an article on the Sustainable Homes website today that brought to mind a conversation with an ex-colleague, the property manager at a historic house in the south east of England. Her point was that ever since the sash windows had been sealed in ...
  • Older, not colder: warmer homes for older people
    Older, not colderOlder, not colder: we were struck today by a report released by AgeUK looking at the effects of being cold on our older population. Specifically, it focussed on hard to heat houses and the costs associated with that.Wide ranging reportThe report ranges widely to cover health issues and excess deaths, managing and understanding ...
  • Benefits of an Ecoflap
    Benefits of an EcoflapThere are many benefits of an Ecoflap being fitted to your front door. We’ve told you lots of times about the Ecoflap’s amazing insulating and draught-excluding properties. We’ve explained that the Ecoflap always shuts nicely behind itself because of the way it’s balanced, and that it won’t rattle when a draught hits ...