Earth Notes: Saving The Planet @Home

Site updated 2020-08-03 07:04 GMT.
Be a climate hero - catch yourself doing something right and do more of it!

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

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Featured: On the LIME Energy Saving Plug: Review (2011) (easyread faq frugal review)

Read how this simple helpful gadget chops the watts to save you cash and carbon! #smartPlug #frugal #cutCarbon

The LIME plug works well for us. It saves lots of energy from our TV and its related gadgets overnight and when no one is watching or recording. Get yourself something similar to zap your power vampires too!

grid carbon intensity

LIVE GB Grid Carbon Intensity (mobile), Live grid-tie PV generation and off-grid PV stats.

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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

  • 2020-07-27: France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars: All heated or air-conditioned buildings open to the public will also have to keep their doors closed to avoid wasting energy.
  • 2020-06-02: May becomes 'the greenest month ever' in the UK: ... the first full calendar month of electricity generation without coal since the industrial revolution ... an average 28% of electricity generation was from renewable sources during May, with wind energy accounting for 15.8%, solar power 11.4%, biomass 8.7% and gas 30%.
  • 2020-04-21: UK smashes solar generation record: Solar use in the UK broke an all-time peak generation record on Monday (20 April), accounting for almost 30% of UK electricity demand, with the UK also operating for more than 11 consecutive days without coal. At 12:30 on Monday, solar generation reached a peak of 9.68GW.
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