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This is where we publish the latest in news about Switchee, the social housing industry and a whole host of other topics.

 

Mental health should not be forgotten when considering fuel poverty

We need to start thinking of mental health problems as seriously as we think about the physical problems caused by fuel poverty. Both limit the wellbeing of residents and both should be thought about equally when trying to address the fuel poverty crisis in the UK. If mental health is ignored in the conversation about fuel poverty, how can we ever hope to begin solving the steadily growing fuel poverty crisis?

Why the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill is a big deal

On the 20th of December last year – the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received royal assent. The bill was originally introduced by the MP Karen Buck although it received widespread bipartisan support from both politicians as well as high-profile members of the housing industry.

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How data cleaned New York City’s air

As any Londoner will tell you, air pollution in large cities is a big problem. It was a similar story in New York City at the turn of the century. This was until Michael Bloomberg became Mayor of the city and leveraged data to transform the air quality.

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Combatting the Centrica price hike

Following Centrica’s announcement to raise electricity prices by 12.5%, it is more pressing than ever to find a solution that cuts resident energy bills and combats fuel poverty.

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The Startup Switch

Handing in your notice for your first job isn’t easy. Bosses and colleagues immediately drown you with questions. Why are you going? Are you sure it’s what you want to do? What about these other projects and roles you could do if you stayed?

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Transforming the housing sector with IoT

The way humans communicate and deliver information has changed dramatically within the last two decades. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning embedded into a deluge of connected devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, telematics and watches have all become staple items in our day-to-day lives.

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Is 24 hours without coal good enough?

Towards the end of April 2017, Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time in 135 years. Following the landmark announcement, there were many in the UK celebrating the achievement – it gave testament to the UK’s changing energy system.

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Is the Housing White Paper smart enough?

In February, the Government’s long anticipated Housing White Paper was finally unveiled. The plans aim to build on the changes proposed in last year’s Autumn Statement and galvanise national housebuilding, delivering one million homes by 2020.

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Talking condensation, damp and mould at the NHMF

Switchee co-founder and managing director, Adam Fudakowski, attended this year’s National Housing Maintenance Forum conference, 24- 25th January 2017, a two-day event dedicated to housing maintenance which covers strategic issues and promotes best practice.

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The Fuel Poverty Problem

According to National Energy Action (NEA), four million households in the UK are estimated to be living in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes to a reasonable level. The charity suggests that over the next 15 years, the cold homes crisis will cause 100,000 premature deaths, and cost the NHS up to £22 billion.

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Switchee – an introduction

Welcome to the Switchee Blog, where we’ll be sharing our thoughts on clean technology, connected devices and the rapidly changing role of the Internet of Things in our lives, and our role in tackling fuel poverty.

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