If you’ve got PV panels, the case for home battery storage seems obvious: bottle up all that free power generated during the day when you can’t use it, so it’s still available for when the sun goes down and you need it most. Batteries are often marketed as the perfect complement to PV, so much … Continue reading Home batteries – hope or hype?
Hugo Rifkind, Times Radio, Saturdays 10am - 1pm Imagine my wife's delight when someone else actually volunteered to listen to me talking about green issues. She got half an hour off on a Saturday morning, and I got an interesting discussion with others far more qualified than me, ranging from the value of solar panels … Continue reading Talking green energy in the home, with Times Radio
Our 5.4kW array soaking up the sunshine I'm frequently asked whether I'd recommend PV panels, especially since the incentive of the Feed in Tariff (FiT) was lost in spring 2019. So after about sixteen months of living with ours, this seems a good time to offer a summary. I'll start by saying that, while I'm … Continue reading Solar panels – are they worth it?
Small steps... Check the virgin wood fibre content of your toilet paper, eg. via an FSC certification.Try one of the cheaper, more sustainable and more hygienic alternatives to paper, as used by the world's vast majority.If your butt insists on paper, go for a brand made from 100% recycled wood fibre. Photo by Fikri Rasyid … Continue reading Toilet paper – One small wipe for a man; one giant smack in the face for mankind?
Photo by Tim Foster As you'd expect from someone frantic enough to write a blog about the state of the climate and the mass extinction of life on earth, we're signed up to a 100% green electricity tariff. So we used to think that, as long as we could afford the bills, it didn't actually … Continue reading Why worry about saving energy on a green tariff?
Small steps... Wherever possible, REDUCE ENERGY USE.Get your electricity from a supplier offering '100% renewable' power.Better still, distinguish between the truly green suppliers and the 'greenwashed': sign up to one that directly invests in renewable generation. There's green and then there's GREEN.(Photo by Annabelle Tipper) For years, I've cheerfully subscribed to 100% green tariffs on … Continue reading Green electricity – Part 2
For those who've asked, a bit more on the numbers: It's been almost three weeks since we picked up our Nissan Leaf, long enough to accumulate some first-hand experience, and also to slightly broaden my understanding of EV use in general. First and foremost, I love it. And my wife loves it. For a couple … Continue reading Driving electric – Part 2
Small steps... Wherever possible, walk, cycle or take the bus.Recognise the real cost of just nipping out to the shops - plan your logistics to eliminate unnecessary journeys.If you need a car, go electric - with grants and interest-free loans. My favourite post so far... Transport is the main cause of air pollution in our … Continue reading Driving electric