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 save the planet?

"The majority of your neighbours are undertaking energy saving actions every day."

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.

News

Sources and Links

The machine that serves this site is powered by local off-grid solar and wind renewable energy as far as possible, backed up by on-grid renewables including as of 2008/03 a substantial grid-tie solar PV system, and 100% renewable grid power (mainly wind) from Ecotricity; power draw is ~4W.
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