A quick search of the internet for some nifty ways to cut your carbon footprint will bring up all sorts of tips and tricks, whilst some others are handed down by word of mouth. But which of these quick fixes really work, and which have deviated from the truth in translation? Here are the top eight myths and musts of home energy saving according to … Continue reading Top 8 Energy Saving Myths & Musts
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
Many of the houses in the UK are hiding a dark secret, and it’s giving us cold feet – cold feet that cause echoes to bounce around beneath the house with every footstep because underneath the floorboards is a great, cold, energy-zapping box of nothing. Suspended floors have plenty of excellent benefits, including being quick and relatively easy to fit, long-lasting, sustainable, and great for … Continue reading Insulating a Suspended Timber Floor
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!
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
Permaculture is all about living harmoniously with our natural environment. Centred on growing food that is native and beneficial to the local area, permaculture also includes everything from sustainable building and renewable energy, to entertainment and waste management. Self-sufficiency Living a strict permaculture lifestyle would mean achieving total self-sufficiency, but there is plenty about the permaculture way of living that everyone can take something from. … Continue reading What is Permaculture?
Renewable energy comes from sources which aren’t going to run out. Since the industrial revolution, we’ve been relying on energy sources such as coal, oil, and gas. These fossil fuels are running out, and getting them from the ground is causing ever more destruction to our planet. Renewable sources don’t run out. The sun, wind, and the flow of water are all free for us … Continue reading What is renewable energy?
Summertime and reading go hand-in-hand, but is that book-in-hand, or e-reader-in-hand? The top priority of any environmentalist bookworm is how much of an effect their reading medium of choice has on the planet, but are we clear yet about which is really better for the earth? To make a book, you’ll need a tree. Penguin says that deforestation accounts for a quarter of carbon emissions … Continue reading Kindle vs. Books: the Environmentalist’s choice
The joy of cooking is only increased by fuelling your foodie adventures with eco-friendly biomass, combining the feel-good factor of food with the conscience-clearing goodness of biomass fuel. For the most part, refuelling your range cooker with its green pellets isn’t a problem, but what happens when lifting 10 kg bags of biomass becomes too much? Automatic feeder systems use a vacuum to take the … Continue reading Can I get a Range Cooker and Boiler with an Automatic Feeder?