Air source heat pump installed in traditional cottage, Cornwall by ZLC Energy

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Renewable Heat Incentive 2017

Back in mid December, the BEIS published it’s response to last years consultation on the reform of the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive). The changes will come into effect this year,  but what does that mean for you? Renewable Heat Incentive 2017 The RHI tariff for biomass and air source heat pumps will rise by 53%

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The Owers House wins RIBA award

One of the things we love about our work is that our customers are all different, with unique homes. We always like to take an individual approach to all our projects, as each person who comes to us will want something a little bit different. Sometimes, the project requires carefully adding renewables to an older,

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The physical web & bluetooth beacons in cornwall

What is the physical web? Technology moves at such a fast pace these days, and there is always something new to discover. Compared to say, the Nest or Tesla, the physical web doesn’t sound too exciting does it? It might not have a catchy name, but I think it could become pretty useful to us

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Why we’re supporting Chocolarder’s Cornish chocolate.

  I first mentioned Chocolarder, Cornwall’s very own ethical chocolatiers, in the run up to Christmas. I’d seen thier chocolate at local craft fairs and was tempted because it looked amazing, it’s local and I love chocolate. To be precise, I love dark chocolate, so finding really great quality chocolate is always a pleasure. When

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The hottest day on record

Imagine the hottest day on record. Imagine being on the London* Underground, and then add 6°, 8° or 12°. That’s hot, right? Sounds fun doesn’t it? No? Not tempting you with that one, huh? So, that’s what a 4° rise in global average temperatures would be like on a day to day basis. When scientists

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What are Flexiwatts?

Never heard of Flexiwatts? No, neither had I until very recently, but I think they’re pretty exciting, and will be the key to the future of our energy supply. So what are they? Flexiwatts are ‘electric loads that can be shifted in time’ – basically, it’s a term for demand side energy management, or demand

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Is solar PV battery storage right for my home?

Are you ready to get energy smarter? Is solar PV battery storage the best place to start… 2016 looks set to be an interesting year for energy- it’s all about becoming energy smarter. Solar PV battery storage, flexiwatts and  negawatts – what can they do for you? How customers choose their energy supplier, their renewables,

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Low Carbon Christmas

  We’re all about Low Carbon here, and you don’t have to shell out the pounds on a solar install to get carbon cutting. I wrote recently about Luci’s Carbon Cutting project, so sticking with the small steps ethos, I’ve compiled a countdown to a Low Carbon Christmas. Each day until the 25th, a recommendation

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Cutting carbon for COP21

Some months ago, as the government began their slow but steady attack on the UK renewables industry, I chanced upon a Crowdfunder project set up by Luci Isaacson at Climate Vision. A few years ago, in the run up to COP15, Luci ran a carbon cutting project, calculating the cost-per-tonne of carbon savings as a

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Investing in Community Energy

  In early November this year, the UK Treasury announced they would be removing community energy from the SEIS and EIS investment schemes –in effect slashing the return on investment and dis-incentivising potential investors. The news was pretty catastrophic for many community energy groups, although, after the intensive attack already waged on the solar industry