Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @Home

Site updated 2023-12-07 13:05 GMT.
Be a climate hero, starting with your home!

Want to do your bit at home to improve your quality of life, save money, cut down on waste and carbon pollution, and get the planet back how it used to be?

Did you know that the majority of your neighbours are undertaking energy saving actions every day? That is also one of the most powerful messages to encourage people to save.

This site is mainly about the practical steps that I have taken to make my own life (and that of my family) a little better and lower-carbon. Many of them are actions that you could take too...

On Earth Notes


Featured: ASHP: Domestic Air-Source Heat Pumps (microgen)

Ensure that your ASHP installation is greener than mains natural gas for central heating and hot water (CH/DHW) in the UK. #ASHP #heatpump

What's the greenest space/central heat (CH) for a typical UK suburban property along with DHW (domestic hot water)? After insulating to the max... With apologies to Aretha Franklin, is it A S H P?

Random: 11 Years of Home ASHP, Kingston-upon-Thames London: Case Study (microgen research review)

Learn from a home air-source heat-pump experience in greater London, UK, a decade in. #ASHP #heatpump

At 16WW over 14 days from 2023-11-20 to 2023-12-04: gas consumption was 8.2kWh/d, electricity imports were 7.2kWh/d, electricity net imports were 7.2kWh/d.
At 16WW over 367 days from 2022-12-02 to 2023-12-04: gas consumption was 4.9kWh/d, electricity imports were 3.4kWh/d, electricity net imports were -0.9kWh/d.
grid carbon intensity

LIVE LIVE GB Grid Carbon Intensity (mobile), live grid-tie PV generation and off-grid PV electrical system stats, heat battery top-up control.

FEEDS site, podcast, data.

SECTIONS dataset, frugal, microgeneration, podcast, research, review.

OFFLINE monthly-ish snapshot of main pages and images as a ZIP, or a smaller .tar.xz. Download to your computer and unpack and read offline, eg before a long journey with poor connectivity, or as an archive! Start at index.html.

Yearly Electricity and Gas (ie heat and light) Carbon Footprint

Things That We've Done

We've crunched our carbon footprint. We've become a SuperHome. We've pondered other changes that we might make. But most of all there's been quite a lot of fun learning. Maybe it's my engineering mindset, but I've made a hobby out of conservation and meter watching. I've had fun out of 'tuning' life a little. The rest of my family humours me!

See a full list of articles under search at the top of the page, and here's some actions to start with that we took...

Things That You Can Do

Effective changes that can be made at home are based on lowering energy/resource demand...


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