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Monday, September 18, 2006

NEWS: Energy efficient Edinburgh?

The Scotsman reports that Edinburgh is one of the least energy efficient cities in the UK, according to Scottish/British Gas.

However, as one of the commenters on the article says, one of the factors may be all our old buildings. There are a large number of old tenements and Georgian terraces, nevermind the homes in the Old Town. It's not easy to make them energy efficient, even less so if you rent and cannot make alterations to help with this.

There's loads of great advice out there on being energy efficient, but I'd like to see more for people who rent and/or live in listed buildings and who can't make many alterations to their homes. I think that would go a long way to helping Edinburgh residents become more energy efficient.

What are your tips for energy saving in a rented home? After around ten years of renting my tips include getting hold of some good curtains (charity shops or family) and putting foil behind radiators to reflect the heat back in.


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