Posts tagged “Energy efficiency”

The testing, inspection and certification experts, Bureau Veritas, say that local authorities, commercial property owners and facilities managers should adopt smart grid technology to control the use of electricity during peak demand. 
 
Smart grid systems use renewable energy such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery energy storage (BESS) to allow buildings to both produce and use energy in a two-way process. 
smart grid technology will allow us to make better sue of solar and wind energy.
Government plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will change our homes. 
 
New technology is creating a web of interconnected challenges and risks. At the same time the UK has the oldest housing stock in Europe. 
 
As we rely more and more on electricity and connectivity there’s a risk that electrical safety won’t be given the attention it deserves as part of the process. 
UK Power Networks has launched a Foundation to support communities during the move to net zero carbon emissions. 
 
The fund is part of the company’s £4.6billion business plan for 2023 to 2028 that has been submitted to the industry regulator, Ofgem. 
power companies will help people experiencing fuel poverty to access renewable energy technology
It’s predicted that the UK’s smart home sector will grow by more than 15% and will be worth over £9billion by 2025. 
 
To meet the demand across residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings, devices are now available to help homeowners and building managers improve efficiency and remain flexible as behaviour changes. 
Office lights replaced with LEDs and sensors
We’ve been on the road again, this time going to Castleford in Yorkshire, home to Roman legions and Rugby League. 
 
This project involved a ground floor reception area and offices, including toilet lighting renovations and replacements for failed emergency lights across the site. 
 
Like many reception areas the fluorescent lights here had been left on all the time, even when there wasn’t any activity. The lights have been upgraded to energy efficient LEDs and the wall switches have been replaced with sensors to control the lighting automatically. Now the lights switch off when there’s enough natural light and when there’s no movement. 
green leaves in a tree canopy
A campaign is underway which challenges homeowners to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. 
 
#TheGreenReset is running between 22 April and 22 May and is encouraging people to take action. From becoming plastic free or reducing online shopping, growing vegetables or reducing energy use, the aim is to create new ‘green habits’. 
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. 
grass roof hobbit-style house with round door
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