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GLOBAL WARMING

Greenhouse gases

   Consequences

   Global warming references

Links to other sites

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Save energy

Reduce expense

Generate energy

Get domestic grants

Install low-energy lighting

Transport issues

   Driving tips

   Choosing a car

   Transport emissions

   Alternative road fuels

   Hydrogen and fuel cells

Follow other energy advice

   Saving energy

   Monitoring energy usage

   Energy myths

GREEN ISSUES

Renewable energy

   Offshore wind costs

Nuclear fission energy

Nuclear fusion energy

Storing the gases

Geo-engineering

BACKGROUND

Facts and figures

Energy assessment

THE INITIATIVE

News & diary of activities

Contacts and aims

Home energy questionnaire

Survey 2009

The Initiative

The Blewbury Energy Initiative is a project of Sustainable Blewbury. We aim to reduce energy consumption and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources wherever possible. We hope to reduce the amount of coal, oil, gas and electricity used, and to help the global environment.

See below for recent energy-related news.

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Farmer in parched land

Global Warming

Causes and effects of climate change

 Cooling tower with question mark in smoke

Nuclear Fission Energy

Pros, cons and current status

 Solar PV

Green Energy

What works and what doesn’t? Demystify the hype

 Bicycle, car, bus, train, liner and plane

Transport Issues

Greener transport options

Low-energy bulbs

Lighting

Light bulbs and their green credentials

 Electricity meter

Saving Energy

What you can do at home

 Infrared picture of house

Energy Initiative Activities

Past work and future plans

Mains adapter

Devices on Standby

TVs are not the worst offenders

 Solar thermal panels

Domestic Renewable Energy

What’s effective and affordable?

An Electrical Monitor

Monitoring Electricity Use, and Smart Meters

Where does it go, and what’s a smart meter?

Piggy bank

Cost Benefits

Being green can save you money

 Computer and website

Financial support for insulation and domestic renewables

The Green Deal, Feed-in Tariff, and Renewable Heat Incentive

News

  • The government’s much-delayed Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties has is now running; it covers solar thermal hot water, biomass boilers and stoves, and air-source and ground-source heat pumps. Note that systems installed from July 2009 are eligible. The interim system of Renewable Heat Premium Payments has ended. See our domestic grants page for more information.
  • The government’s Green Deal for householders includes a cashback deal, recently extended and improved in an attempt to turn around the initial very poor take-up. See our domestic grants page for a description of how this flagship scheme works and some of its problems. Other grant schemes for insulation, including the Warm Front scheme for people on benefits, have now ended.
  • Beware of buying energy-related products from someone who phones, emails or texts you, or turns up on your doorstep uninvited. Frequent cold calls offer to install insulation supported by ‘government’ grants – when challenged no details are given. Beware of offers that claim to be ‘surveys’ and deny they are selling anything.