Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @Home

Site updated 2022-05-21 13:33 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

SIKP2000 next to fixed hob

Featured: On the SIKP 2000 A1 Portable Induction Hob: Review (easyread review)

See how easy this one-pan portable induction hob is to use! How does it compare with a built-in induction hob? #cleanAir #cutCarbon

Budget free-standing induction hob worked well while we camped out in the lounge. It compares well with a full built-in induction hob.

Random: Mass Loft Insulation Project in Norbiton, London (2012)

Helping cut bills and carbon in the neighbourhood before CERT stopped: crowd-conserving? #legwork #loftInsulation

grid carbon intensity

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

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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...

News

  • 2022-05-13: High Court rules short-term financial detriment 'no barrier' to Paris adoption: The trustees of two charitable trusts will be able to implement a Paris-aligned investment strategy that runs the risk of causing financial detriment to their trusts in the short term, the High Court has ruled.
  • 2022-05-04: Only half of UK homes meet insulation standards set in 1970's.
  • 2022-04-25: Buyers demand energy-efficient homes: The majority of property buyers are prepared to pay more for properties that primarily uses renewable energy, a new study shows, while a third of buyers think EPC ratings are more important now than they were a year ago. ... Across England and Wales, homes with heat pumps fitted demand the highest premium compared with the regional average — with buyers paying on average 59% more for the offer of cleaner energy. This premium is most acute in the South East, with homes on average 84% more expensive.
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