Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @Home

Be an efficiency hero - catch yourself doing something right and do more of it!
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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'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. Many of them are things that you could do 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, 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

  • 2017/09/25: On-grid or off-grid? Which is greener? (Hint: it's not off-grid rugged individualism!)
  • 2017/09/22: How to Run the Economy on the Weather: "variable renewable energy sources were critical to European society for some 500 years before fossil fuels took over..."
  • 2017/08/07: Trial to phase in hydrogen as fuel to begin in north-west: "[Cadent] ... will focus on industrial users in sectors such as chemicals and oil refining, because using 100% hydrogen requires new boilers to be installed. But some of the hydrogen will also be blended with methane and piped to millions of homes in Liverpool and Manchester. Cadent believes mixing in hydrogen to account for about a fifth of supplies could be done without harming domestic boilers and cooking equipment, such as hobs."
  • 2017/07/12: The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions: "... four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and substantially reduce annual personal emissions: having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 tonnes CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year), living car-free (2.4 tCO2e saved per year), avoiding airplane travel (1.6 tCO2e saved per roundtrip transatlantic flight) and eating a plant-based diet (0.8 tCO2e saved per year). These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less)."
  • 2017/07/11: It’s okay to talk about how scary climate change is. Really: “Things stay roughly as they are” is just as improbable as the worst-case scenario he lays out, yet I’d venture to guess it is believed (or more importantly, envisioned) by vastly more people.
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