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In July last year, the Treasury scrapped the so-called ‘zero-carbon homes standard’

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The new scheme will make it easier and cheaper for Scots to heat their homes

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Sainsbury's heats stores using fridges to slash energy consumption

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Straw panels have been used to build seven eco homes in a first for a low-cost and fuel efficient building material which promises to reduce heating bills by 90%

Straw houses could unlock potential for ultra-low-carbon homes

Straw panels have been used to build seven eco-homes in Bristol in a first for a low-cost and fuel efficient building material which promises to reduce heating bills by 90% over that of brick-built housing.

The 4,800 module system will generate 1.1GW of electricity a year

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 British Gas' senior management failed to take appropriate action to ensure it delivered energy efficiency measures on time

British Gas charged £11.1m for missing energy efficiency targets

British Gas has been hit with an £11.1m fine for failing to meet binding targets for delivering domestic energy-efficiency upgrades by an agreed deadline.

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