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Gone for Good is Up for Another Award!

Published On: February 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

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Gone for Good is Up for Another Award!

Gone for Good is Up for Another Award!

We know that our friends at Gone for Good are doing a great job of helping to make donating to your favourite charities easier, but they are now being recognised for their environmental work.

For 2017, we have partnered with the app that helps you donate items from your property to charity shops in your local area. It’s a great idea for landlords that are renewing the furniture in their rental properties or have items left over from previous tenants – find out more about using the app here: /landlords-clear-property-help-good-cause/

Already, we know that our landlords are using the app to get rid of their unwanted clutter and help a good cause, and the Residential Landlords Association has encouraged its members to get on board and support charities across the country.

Their work to make donating unwanted goods to charity shops in need of quality items has already been recognised – Gone for Good was nominated for the Best Use of Technology and Fundraising Technology awards at the 2016 Charity Times Awards, and won the Best Not for Profit prize at the 2016 Big Chip Awards.

But now, Gone for Good’s aims of re-channelling 6% of the saleable clothing and other items that currently end up in landfill are being celebrated…

Your clutter really can do something good for the environment if you choose to donate items through Gone for Good, rather than simply throwing them away. It doesn’t cost you anything to download the app, and the charities will come and pick up your goods for free!

It’s for this reason that Gone for Good has been shortlisted in the Climate category at the Digital Agenda Impact Awards 2017. This category is for those digital technologies that encourage greener living, highlighting Gone for Good’s role and potential for increasing reuse and recycling.

The event will take place on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at the Barbican Centre, London.

Our friends are up against Bulb – a renewable UK gas and electricity supplier – and PowerMarket – which monetises unused roof space with solar energy – our fingers are crossed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas Appliances to be Phased Out of British Homes

Published On: December 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

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UK housing could soon be facing a huge upheaval, as the UN climate change deal in Paris could mark the end of gas appliances in British homes.

Gas Appliances to be Phased Out of British Homes

Gas Appliances to be Phased Out of British Homes

Gas hobs, cookers, fires and boilers could all be phased out within 15 years under the agreement. Around 23m UK households use gas.

Additionally, all gas-fired power stations must close by the mid-2030s, unless they manage to remove CO2 from their emissions.

Policy Director of the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change, Bob Ward, says that to meet Britain’s pledge to the deal, gas must be removed from properties in the UK.

He says: “Gas cookers will be phased out, probably as soon as possible. I suspect manufacturers will simply stop making them.”1 

The Government hopes to see greater adoption of alternative technologies, such as heat pumps and wind and solar power, for which there would be different energy tariffs charged depending on various situations, for example, whether the day is breezy or still.

If the proposal is enforced, the property industry will face chaos, particularly for those buying, selling, renting and letting out homes.

Landlords that are planning to refurbish their rental properties should consider the types of heating and cooking systems they put in.

Furthermore, over the next 15 years, homes with gas central heating may be worth less.

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) industry will also likely face turmoil, as currently, gas systems account for more than electrical ones.

Opponents have also noted that if 23m households must remove their gas appliances, this will create a lot of waste.

How much will this affect your property business and is it really necessary?

1 http://www.propertyindustryeye.com/huge-change-facing-property-world-as-gas-looks-set-to-be-phased-out/