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July 2015

Research being carried out at the University of Southampton has shown that consumers reduce their water consumption by 16/5% after they have a meter installed. These findings are based on the study of a five year programme to install almost 500.000 water meters in the south-east of England. This reduction is well above the national average of 10% and is mainly achieved very quickly after installation of a meter. By the end of the five year programme, customers will be saving in excess of 30 million units of water every day!!

March 2015

The Ecobuild Exhibition at Excel London is fast approaching. This is the sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurbishments, commercial and domestic buildings. The dates for this exhibition are 3rd to 5th March 2015.


On June 26th, the 28 heads of EU governments will meet in Brussels to discuss issues relating to energy security issues - stimulated by the continuing crisis in Ukraine and the provision by Russia's Gazprom of a quarter of Europe's gas supplies. The UK is reported to back energy efficiency as "one of the most cost-effective tools for reducing import dependency".

On June 1st, a new scheme will be launched by the Government aimed to stimulate domestic energy efficiency upgrades. This will be a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to the value of £150m a year, and will propose to cover 75% of costs to a maximum of £6,000 per property, to install solid wall insulation. Furthermore, there is up to a £1,000 available per household to rebate the costs of delivering at least two of a range of twelve other energy saving measures (loft insulation and draughtproofing are excluded).

Energy efficient light bulb types which will help to improve your EPC rating:
  • Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
These are the most energy efficient and use approximately 80% less energy than ordinary light bulbs with life expectancies of circa 25,000 hours. They are also instantly bright.
  • Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
These are smaller versions of the familiar fluorescent tube lamp and typically have a lifespan of around 8 hours. They use 75% less electricity than an incandescent.

There are provisions within the Energy Act 2011, which will affect owners and occupiers of property. The proposed minimum energy standards are probably the most significant, because from April 2018, the proposed legislative changes would make it unlawful to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC rating of F or G (i.e. the lowest two ratings on an EPC). This could result in significant implications for landlords and for occupiers who wish to either assign or sub-let space. Marketability of some properties would not be possible unless they were upgraded to meet the minimum requirements.

It is estimated that as many as 20% of commercial properties could be in the F and G rating brackets.

The Energy Performance Certificate will become even more significant from April 2014 when Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) will become available.

The amount of the deemed expected annual heat use for a domestic property may be obtained from the EPC and this will determine the amount of Domestic (RHI), which is payable on installing renewable heat -options like ground source heat pumps and solar treatment collectors.