Ready to Burn

Since 1st May 2021 new laws apply to the sale of coal, wood and manufactured solid fuels. The government are phasing out two of the most polluting fuels, traditional house coal and wet wood, to help improve air quality.  The ‘Ready to Burn’ logo has been introduced to help customers choose less polluting alternatives, dry wood and manufactured solid […]

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Funding

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Here is a summary of available grants and loans for making energy efficiency and other home improvements. Green Homes Grant Please note: The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme will be closed to new applications from 5pm on 31 March 2021. Through the new government £2billion Green Homes Grant scheme homeowners and private or social landlords in […]

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World Autism Week

World Autism Awareness week starts 29 March and finishes on 4 April. At the Environment Centre (tEC) we help people live healthy sustainable lives in their homes in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire. We want to make our services available to as many people in these places as possible and so our team have had training […]

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Wood burning and the environment

We know that many people have chosen wood burners for environmental reasons, and we know they are cosy and nostalgic, but we want to make sure everyone is aware of the pollution and health impact, and the best practice for avoiding and reducing that.  Wood burning is considered a carbon neutral heating source, because trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow which neutralises the carbon dioxide […]

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Burning better

Use efficient appliances, such as DEFRA exempt, EU Ecodesign 2022 or ClearSkies mark, and service and clean them regularly. ‘Burn Right‘ in your appliance, including not shutting off air or allowing the temperature to drop. Types of appliance Particulate matter pollution from domestic heating options: More polluting  Open fire Non-DEFRA exempt stove DEFRA exempt stove […]

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Burning cleaner

Use cleaner fuels on your stove and open fires, such as smokeless, authorised fuels or dry, well-seasoned ‘ready to burn’ wood with low moisture content. Ready to Burn regulations Since 1st May 2021 new laws apply to the sale of coal, wood and manufactured solid fuels. The government are phasing out two of the most polluting fuels, traditional house […]

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Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2020

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This winter is going to be tough for everyone, but particularly for those in fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of low income, high energy costs and inefficient housing. Households in fuel poverty typically have other vulnerabilities such as old age, young children, ill-health and disability. This fuel poverty awareness day we […]

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