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30th May 2018

As the days get longer, turning off your lights when daylight sufficiently lights the room could save you up to 15% on your energy bill.

As a long term solution, consider fitting skylights or light pipes in your home, to help reduce your energy costs by minimising the need for artificial lighting.

29th May 2018

Theresa May has unveiled plans to halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030.

She has challenged the construction industry to embrace innovation and deliver higher standards to meet the new 2030 target.

“We will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030. By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy, and meet our targets for carbon reduction.”

24th May 2018

Did you know that keeping doors closed can reduce heating costs by 30%.

By implementing easy-to-fit door closers, you can make it impossible for someone to leave the door open. Gap fillers will stop any heat from escaping through the gaps around the door, ensuring minimal heat escapes.

24th May 2018

You will have heard or definitely seen publications regarding a change to the BREEAM regulations. The change came into play on 24th March 2018 and all new schemes registered after this date will be subject to the 2018 standards rather than the previous 2014 version.

So what has changed?

There have been a number of significant changes to the category credits.  Some of the main points to mention include:

Management

16th May 2018

There are many ways to conserve energy in the home whilst you’re on holiday, here are our top tips:

  • Before you go, be sure to switch off and unplug everything you can, and set your boiler thermostat to the lowest safe setting.
  • Shutting off the water supply to your washing machine, dishwasher and cistern, saves water and unexpected leaks whilst you’re away.
  • Set your lights on a timer so your home doesn’t appear unoccupied. Swapping to LED bulbs will help you conserve energy.
  • If you’re going away in the summer, turn your hot water off.
15th May 2018

The writing's on the wall, the windows, the roof and on your boiler. I am talking about the looming energy compliance deadline for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for both commercial and domestic properties.

The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 makes it unlawful to issue a lease to a new or existing tenant unless there is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place with a rating of E or above from 1st April 2018.

9th May 2018

Making simple upgrades within your building can result in a more energy efficient space and also save you money. In many buildings, draughts account for up to 10% of heat loss, follow these 3 simple steps to save energy.

  • Installing self-adhesive thermal strips around doors and windows you can reduce and prevent draughts.
  • By fitting automatic closers on external doors, you can ensure that you’re not wasting energy on heating/cooling the building
  • Ensuring that you have adequate roof insulation means that your building could retain up to 25% more heat
9th May 2018

Last weekend was the hottest early may bank holiday on record, which resulted in a new solar power record being set.

Photovoltaic panels across the country produced more power than any other energy source.The Telegraph reported that solar installations powered as much as 28.5pc of the nation’s electricity, overtaking gas-fired power plants, which generated 24.8pc during the same period.

The National Grid reported that the solar power peak occurred between 13:30 and 14:00 on Sunday afternoon, reaching highs of 9.28GW.

2nd May 2018

Fitting motion detectors on your lights, to turn them off when no one is in the room saves lights being left on unnecessarily. Infrared or microwave sensors detect movement and automatically turn the lights on or off. Most sensors allow you to change their settings and set the timer to suit your working environment.

2nd May 2018

The Briggs and Forrester Group has been awarded the Greener Path Award for ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ from ACM Environmental PLC for the third year running.

ACM Environmental PLC is a recycling-led waste management company who helps their clients both to reduce the cost of their waste and harness the profit in it. Their Greener Path Awards celebrate the work businesses are doing to reduce the impact they have on the environment.  Businesses who demonstrate exemplary effort and achievement in minimising waste, boosting recycling and increasing landfill diversion are recognised.