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Running our Heat Pump

Running our Heat Pump

Our new Air Source Heap Pump has now been installed and running for a month. I thought some people might be interested in how we’re getting on. For context: Our home is a 114m² timber framed 3 bed bungalow, 50 years old. EPC B. We have 20 year old double glazing and around 10″ of […]

Selected Eco Resources

Selected Eco Resources

The resources available are endless, so of course this list is not exhaustive. I have found these helpful over the years, and as a starting point for your own research. The book links are for info and reference, I don’t have any kickback from them. (I’ve rescued this content from a domain site I no […]

One Air Source Heat Pump

Comparing cost of electricity for the HP to cost of gas for the same amount of heat

There’s a lot online about Air Source heat pumps, pro and con. The gist of it *seemed* to be that IF you have a really modern, super-insulated home then an ASHP is great, or IF you are replacing oil central heating then at least it won’t be more expensive to run. Or IF you could […]

Living with Solar PV

solar PV panels on our roof

There is a lot of talk about solar PV panels these days, some of it positive and a lot of it seems un-informed negative. We’ve had these panels (and more on the roof to the left, not in this photo) for 10 years, and they are great! I thought I would give you something of […]

New Ways with Plastic

Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Good news! A new thing has begun, called the ‘Flexible Plastic Fund‘. This is a collaboration of companies that have got together to make the recycling of ‘soft plastics’ (which are widely used in food packaging) work. This involves coordinating companies who will do the processing, and subsidising the price so that it is economical […]

Retrospective – Plastic

Retrospective – Plastic

Wow, is it really three years since I started this blog, and the journey of seriously cutting back on single-use plastic? We all know what hurdles 2020 and multiple lockdowns has put in front of us, with so many constraints on where to go and what we can get due to the pandemic. And yet, […]

References on Climate Change

People ask where can they go to understand more about how and why the climate is changing, so I thought I’d put together a list of the resources I know about and include a comment. Hopefully you can find something here of use to you. A couple of paragraphs from Skeptical Science seem relevant: “When you […]

Money, money, money

There is No Planet B

A few weeks ago I heard a news item from Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, before he retires. He has always seemed a sensible guy, with a balanced perspective. The gist of the interview is a call to the financial industry to get its act together and make a plan to […]