The successful story of the first EU funded CLEAR project (IEE 13-588) – enabling Consumers to Learn about, Engage with and Adopt Renewable energy technologies - continued from September 2017 with Clear 2.0. It actively guides consumers through all the stages leading to the purchase of domestic renewable and low-carbon energy technologies. It has the objective to enable consumers to become more aware, active players, to save money and to easily become “prosumers”.
Post date: 9 Apr 2019
Energy use in European buildings is still around 40 % of the total final energy use. Decarbonisation of power and heat are high on the agenda of EU Member States. Present initiatives by governments for a proper energy transition are based on reducing energy use, increased use of renewable energy resources and making the energy infrastructure more intelligent (SRI as mentioned in the EPBD).
Post date: 6 Mar 2019
Demand response programmes which encourage consumers to change the way they use electricity or to reduce their total energy use can help keep energy bills low and help integrate renewables into our existing energy networks.
Peak electricity demand can be reduced by:
Post date: 3 Oct 2017
This webpage from the website of Which?, UK’s largest consumer organisation, presents an overview of products for heating and energy treatment that keep the home warm and efficient without raising energy bills. The products include solar panels, boilers, dehumidifiers, smart thermostats, batteries, wood burning stoves, heat pumps, etc.
Post date: 8 Aug 2017
Tools for householders to manage their domestic energy use
Post date: 28 Jul 2017
Europe's energy markets and sector are in the middle of a large transformation process towards a low-carbon system with a much more diverse landscape of market participants. This transition process deeply affects civil society, from consumers to producers, industry to farmers, and tenants to SMEs. It is therefore of central importance to hear the voice and reflect on the interests of citizens and civil society in the process of designing and deciding energy policies.
Post date: 14 Jul 2017
By Zoran Radosavljevic (EURACTIV)
The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (June 13) the introduction of new energy labels for household appliances, which MEPs and industry experts said should enable consumers to save money and cut energy consumption while helping the bloc reduce overall carbon emissions.
Post date: 23 Jun 2017
On 13 June 2017, the European Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators agreed that a new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress.
With the new scale, customers will be able to choose more efficient products in order to reduce energy consumption and their energy bills, while manufacturers will be encouraged to innovate and invest in more energy efficient products.
Post date: 23 Jun 2017
Policy Instruments for Energy Self-Consumption in Buildings
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requires all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB) by the end of 2020 (end of 2018 for new public buildings). Even so, the integration of RES for self-consumption into NZEB remains a challenge for 1/3 of Member States, which have not included it in their National Directives.
Post date: 26 May 2017
Drivers, barriers, regulatory choices and business models shaping the future of energy self-generation for households in the European Energy Union
Post date: 24 May 2017