Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @Home

Be an efficiency hero - catch yourself doing something right and do more of it!
pumpkin homegrown over 4kg Sept 2018 amongst strawberry leaves

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 about 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

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 in the site guide, but 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...

Sources and Links

  • 2018/10/15: Bank of England calls on banks and insurers to step up climate risk oversight: "Prudential Regulation Authority recommends that boards task a senior executive with managing climate risks" and UBS said "... BlackRock finds that a $1m investment in the bonds that form the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond index represents over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided, in addition to over 88 million litres of water saved, and other positive contributions."
  • 2018/10/08: Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe': IPCC SR15 report urges people to "buy less meat, milk, cheese and butter and more locally sourced seasonal food - and throw less of it away * drive electric cars but walk or cycle short distances * take trains and buses instead of planes * use videoconferencing instead of business travel * use a washing line instead of a tumble dryer * insulate homes * demand low carbon in every consumer product."
  • 2018/09/17: UK's installed wind power capacity hits 20 GW. (From possibly-out-of-date Elexon figures it seems like 12GW is metered, so ~40% still unmetered by Elexon / National Grid eg because connected to low- or medium- voltage networks.)
  • 2018/09/10: Would a bigger house make you happier?: "As a nation, we do not seem to be getting any happier with our housing, even though living space and housing conditions have improved for many people."
  • 2018/04/22: How Deep Is Your Carbon Footprint?: "The reference point of 17.6t is the average lifestyle consumption emissions among the top 10% of climate poluters globally ... and responsible for 49% of climate pollution."
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