Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @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" and that it's also one of the most powerful messages to get people to save?

This site is not about selling you 'hell' or 'hell-avoidance', but rather all about practical things that I have done or thought about to make my own life (and that of my family) a little better and lower-carbon without wearing a hair-shirt, and many of them are things that you could do too... (But note that the average European probably has to cut their carbon footprint by 80% to stand a chance of averting the worst of climate change!)

Catch yourself doing something right and do more of it!

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, pondered other things that we might do, 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, and had fun out of 'tuning' life a little, and the rest of my family humours me!

Daily PV Output Since 2008
See a full list of articles in the site guide, but here's some things to start with that we did...
Monthly Gas Consumption Since 2007

Things That You Can Do

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

Every kWh of electricity saved avoids production of ~0.43kg of CO2 in the UK.

Sources and Links




2014/08/22 OpenTRV Wuthering Bytes 2015 talk, 2014/08/22 OpenTRV Wuthering Bytes 2014 talk, 2014/06/03 OpenTRV Green Challenge "elevator pitch" video, 2013/12/30 Cleanweb Mark Hill talking about OpenTRV; how we aim to halve your energy bill, 2013/05/13 The evidence for climate change WITHOUT computer models or the IPCC, 2012/12/08 Adam Hart-Davis talks about small-scale solutions to climate change, 2012/12/04 Dinner Parties, Guest Bedrooms, and Multiple Offices in a 420 Square Foot Apartment, 2012/10/29 Close The Door, 2012/10/16 From U-values to conjugal bliss in under 3 minutes, 2012/09/09 Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power "at the level of present global primary power demand (~18TW), uniformly distributed wind turbines are unlikely to substantially affect the Earth's climate", 2011/12/28 How does carbon offsetting work? (Adam Hart-Davis), 2011/09/26 A day in the life... dovetailing energy and water and time and money saving, 2011/09/06 Visualizing a plenitude economy, 2011/03/20 Wind doing good in a small US community (Siemens), 2011/03/19 Living in a Zero-Waste Home, OLD Isaac Asimov on the greenhouse effect in 1989, time history of CO2, simple and clear "smart grid" summary from Con Edison (New York), the Energy Saving Trust YouTube channel which is witty and watchable, December 2009 Human Power Shower - Bang Goes The Theory - BBC One, the excellent and light-hearted YouTube video on global warming "How It All Ends", the "We can fix it Together" call to action, and Adam Hart-Davis talking about the Masai and how small is beautiful.

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