We all know someone that it’s almost impossible to buy for at Christmas whether it’s because they have EVERYTHING already or they like to avoid the materialism that was not part of the traditional Yule celebrations. Yet you want to give something that is functional, Earth friendly and special. It would be a brave person that gave their partner a gift of a roll of … Continue reading Our top 5 eco gift ideas
With shorter days come cold-weather energy bills. Each year the same worries about the cost of keeping warm rear their ugly heads, whether those costs are to us or the planet. But we don’t have to put up with it. There are a some fairly simple solutions which last years and save countless pennies in the long run. Insulation A well-insulated home retains a lot more of its heat, … Continue reading Get Cosy without Costing the Earth this Season
When you find you can’t squeeze another inch of our good-enough-to-cuddle natural insulation between the attic joists, resist the urge to snuggle up in bed with the leftovers and keep your tools out for just one more Sunday afternoon. With what remains, you could: Hug the tub Your bathtub would benefit significantly from a woollen wrapping. Fit your scraps around the tub, inside the casing … Continue reading 5 Thrifty Uses for Leftover Insulation
Ecofans generate their own electricity through the heat emitted by the stove beneath. The base needs to be in contact with a heat source of at least 65°C whilst the top of the fan must remain cool as the fan needs to be able to draw cooler air from behind in order to do its job. The heat source, the cooler air, and the rotation … Continue reading Caframo Ecofans from Celtic Sustainables
The ‘pointing’ of a wall is what you see between the masonry. It’s the visible part of the mortar joints that hold everything in place. The lime mortar joints on older houses tends to be written off well before their use-by date because the pointing looks and feels a little soft and powdery. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the pointing has failed, as a … Continue reading How to Re-point a Wall
Breathing keeps houses healthy and safe to live in by letting moisture out from the walls. Over time, houses have been decorated inside and out using plastic-based paints. Whilst these paints look fine and work well to start with, the walls beneath begin to suffocate. This is because the paint creates an impermeable covering. In time, the walls begin to deteriorate. A suffocating house tends to be damp, and the … Continue reading Why does your House need to Breathe?
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is this week celebrating its 40th birthday. The Centre has been promoting renewable energy solutions from a disused quarry in Machynlleth since 1974, and many of the technologies it pioneered have since moved into the mainstream. If you’re yet to make plans for Saturday, head to the Centre where a birthday celebration will be underway, with workshops, music, talks, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Centre for Alternative Technology!
Last Saturday, we teamed up with Jennie of Tatanne Bazaar to host our very first shabby chic furniture painting class. It couldn’t have been any better. Jennie guided us through the process of turning a dull wooden object into something full of character, and each of our pieces had a wonderful new personality by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Take a look at the process in … Continue reading In Pictures: Celtic Sustainables & Tatanne Bazaar furniture painting class
About a third of homes in the UK have ‘solid’ walls, and solid walls are the cause of around 45% of the heat loss from those homes. Insulating a solid wall is a little trickier than fitting insulation into the existing gaps in cavity wall, and comes with a few unique hurdles to overcome. The insulation can either be applied internally or externally, and which … Continue reading Which Solid Wall Insulation?
I was high on the feel-goodness of my first Sunday’s volunteering at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, so I committed myself to a whole weekend of it a fortnight later. Day One -Long Wood Community Woodland I heard about the Long Wood Community Woodland green build project from Gary at the farm, and arranged to help out with the build last Saturday 12th July. Long Wood … Continue reading Ben’s volunteering Blog: Days Two & Three at Long Wood and Denmark Farm