There are reports that the government’s Green Homes voucher scheme might come to an end in March, less than a year after its launch. 
 
While there have been almost 70,000 applications for vouchers, by the end of January only 21,000 vouchers had been issued and less than 3,000 installations had been completed. 
 
Industry experts are arguing that options available for homeowners, such as heat pumps, don’t meet the needs of many families. 
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In dangerous situations emergency lighting can help people to reach safety as quickly as possible. 
 
However, a recent report says that more than four out of 10 businesses in England don’t have appropriate emergency lighting. 
 
Back in 2018, another report looking at more than 1,500 of England’s high-rise social housing blocks said that over a third of them had inadequate emergency lighting. 
We recently worked with our colleagues at Chillaire to install destratification fan units in a large factory. 
 
When the temperature reaches a certain level, these units will force the warm air back down into the factory for more efficient heating. 
 

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We have been working with Chillaire for many years to provide a single solution for their customers. This approach is becoming popular across Europe, according to a recent report. 
Logistics businesses all around the country have seen increased demand, even before we started to shop and work from home during the last year. 
 
The Office for National Statistics says that internet shopping accounted for more than a quarter of all our retail spending in September 2020. 
 
MSE has been working at warehouse and distribution sites across the country to help them meet this growing demand with improved electrical installations and lighting. 
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While we are all anticipating the wide availability of coronavirus vaccines, we also have a new awareness of the importance of general hygiene to prevent the spread of all types of disease. 
 
As businesses start to welcome back employees, new levels of hygiene will need to be maintained. One solution will be lighting technology. How does it work? 
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Six companies and institutions are working together to find practical new ways to recover gallium when LED lamps are recycled. 
 
The project, named Recovery of Gallium Ionic Liquid (or ReGAIL) is financed in part by Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. 
 
Recolight, the UK’s body for lighting products included in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) programme, is one of the organisations taking part in the ReGAIL initiative. 
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections to make sure businesses are COVID-secure across the country. 
 
They are calling and visiting premises to speak with employers. They are checking the measures they have in place and making sure they are working in line with government guidance
 
Inspectors are helpfully giving advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors, but there’s a sting in the tail. Businesses that don’t participate in the spot checks could be subject to enforcement action. 
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Public sector organisations can apply for a share of the government’s £1billion funding for improved energy efficiency. 
 
This month the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation (PSD) scheme. Applications are now open for eligible organisations until 11 January 2021. 
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