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A labour government would insulate at least five million draughty homes to help families save £270 a year on their heating bill, Caroline Flint, the shadow energy secretary, will say on Tuesday.

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The senior Labour MP will make the announcement at the party's autumn conference – exactly a year after the promise to freeze energy bills for 18 months if Ed Miliband wins power next year. Speaking in Manchester, Flint will set out five new policies to deliver permanent savings on energy bills, building on the temporary price freeze. This will include at least five million homes being upgraded over 10 years, saving the average household £273 a year. She will also

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Solar Panel Installer In Court After Two Brothers Fall Through Roof

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The owner of a solar panel business has been fined £4,500 after two brothers fell through a fragile 15ft roof.Brynley Perrett, 37, suffered a compression fracture of his back and sternum in the incident in Monmouthshire, south east Wales, on June, 2013. His brother Anthony, was fortunate to escape injury.They were installing solar panels on a building at the farm on behalf of Andrew Green, trading as Green Park Power.Mr Green was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safe

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£7bn of construction at risk if Scots vote ‘yes’

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Over £7 billion of planned construction works could be in jeopardy if Scotland votes for independence next Thursday.Scotland is presently benefitting from a work boom with more than £38bn of construction projects planned.But, according to research by construction intelligence specialist Barbour ABI a fifth of these are being funded by investors based outside of Scotland.Researchers warn that the likelihood of these projects going ahead as intended may hang in the balance depending on

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It’s been a long time since energy efficiency and renewable energy was the domain of ‘deep green’ early adopters, but now, there are signs that serious money is starting to get behind it across the globe.

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In a piece for Guardian Sustainable Business, Chris Hummel from Schneider Electric cites a number of examples to back up this shift; from Deutsche Bank’s $104million in bonds for domestic energy efficiency alone, to a €5billion fund in France split between domestic and commercial efforts to reduce energy consumption.‘Customer awareness’ is a reason Hummel quotes, and he certainly has a point when surveys are showing energy costs to be the biggest fears of continents. It ha

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