Category Archives: Energy Saving

Beat soaring energy costs

When did you last check your energy bill?  Not for several months if you’re like me. Excuse? Well I’ve been on a fixed rate tariff for the last three years so I do know the rate was competitive. However the fixed rate tariff has ended and like some people, but not the majority, I’ve started…

Solar Panels – Is it all hype?

When it was headlined in a respectable broadsheet at the weekend that you shouldn’t be dazzled by the solar panel hype I knew I just had to read it. As a newspaper depends on providing shock horror news for their readers in order to maintain sales and readership, my guess was that this report would…

The Green Deal

What’s the big deal everyone is talking about?  Still don’t know? I’ll give you another clue. It’s been on, it’s been off, it’s been delayed and re-scheduled,  but is now targeted to start in April 2012. Ok, I’ll give you another clue, it’s going to affect most people at home and at work. Last clue,…

Join here to go solar

I’ve just about recovered from the excitement of the Grand Design Live show at the NEC yesterday. I was really surprised by the number of exhibition stands and the range of items for the home that I didn’t know I really should have. I’ve obviously led a very sheltered life. Solar energy But what surprised…

Saving energy, saving money

Energy Perfomance Certificate Whilst carrying out an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) for a senior citizen in Rossendale I checked the heating system which was of a good vintage. The gas boiler was probably a G rated standard non combi with the hot water being stored in a hot water cylinder. When I set my ladder…

Green Energy – photovoltaic cells

So just to recap: solar panels provide hot water when the sun shines. Photovoltaic cells or PV cells generate electricity when there is daylight. In Rossendale, as you approach the town centre roundabout, you can see the solar panels on the fire station roof. The photovoltaic cells currently benefit from a government backed incentive whereby…

Keeping energy costs down

I recently wrote about reducing energy costs in the home by using an energy monitor and how, as a family, we tried to keep our meter “happy”.   I read today that new research has questioned the benefit of these meters, concluding that the effects can be short lived, as households tend to ignore them…