Eco News Blog
We have just added a new Solar Security Light to our range and it is already proving extremely popular! The big selling point for the Eye Solar Security Light is it's high level of protection from water ingress allowing it to be installed in even the most exposed positions in these (often) wet and windy isles.
The Evo36 and Evo56 are great solar security lights but it is recommended that they are installed in sheltered positions to ensure long term outdoor performance. The Eye boasts IP56 rating which means it is one of the most waterproof solar lights available today. IP56 means that it is fully protected against ingress of dust...
I fitted 3 x 100W solar panels on a roof at some stables last Wednesday. It's the second time I have been to the site. Last time I installed 3 slightly smaller solar panels on a ground mount system. Unfortunately the reason for returning was that the original solar panels were recently stolen.
I am very pleased to say that I have heard of very few problems with theft of solar panels from off-grid solar systems that I have supplied, but, this recent incidence got me to thinking about solar panel security and how we could make solar panels less vulnerable to being stolen.
Most of my customers install the solar panels I supply at...
Leicestershire farmer William Musson has diversified with the launch of an online green shop.
Mr Musson (right) who farms at Wartnaby, near Melton Mowbray, has branched out from traditional agriculture to reap a greener harvest by selling eco-friendly products, including energy and water-saving systems through his new internet shop Ecofreak. The new enterprise will be run alongside the existing farm business in an attempt to offset the economic difficulties of the current farming climate.
He said, “I’m the fifth generation of my family to farm at Wartnaby and I’m having to adapt to the changes in agriculture to secure...
What better Christmas stocking filler for both kids and adults than an eco-friendly wind-up torch? Fantastically reliable, amazingly versatile, brilliant in an emergency... and just plain fun!
For the serious torch bearer, the PowerPlus range offers superior long-lasting shine-times. Several of these torches double up as eco mobile phone chargers, and the Shark and Barracuda are even fully waterproof to several metres, all for 60 second's winding.
The Penguin Dynamo Torch is a great choice for kids because... well, it's shaped like a penguin! What's not to love? Teach the little ones the value of creating their own power by...
Solar battery chargers work brilliantly for 12V battery charging duties and as a result are widely used by the boating and camper/caravanning community.
If you haven't got around to fitting a solar charger to your pride and joy yet, the Easter break provides the perfect opportunity!
Solar panels are great for the following reasons :
- They utilise the free power of the sun to charge your battery / batteries
- They will still provide some charge even in overcast conditions
- They are very robust
- There are different types and sizes for all situations
- They have no moving parts and are extremely reliable
- They rewquire little...
Grey water is water that has previously been used in your household. Typically bath, shower or washing up water is collected and re-used for puroposes such as watering the garden, washing the car or filling the toilet cistern.
To use it in the garden or to clean the car, the simplest way is simply to scoop it out of the bath or sink into a bucket. Alternatively, if you want to make life easier in the long run consider using something like the WaterTwo to allow you to transfer waste water from your waste water pipes to a storage butt.
There a few golden rules of DIY grey water harvesting :
- Never re-use water from toilets and...
Just a few days left if you fancy chancing your luck to get hold of the higher 43.3p rate of feed in tariff for systems less than 4kW!
Despite two previous court rulings declaring its action to rush through changes to the solar feed-in tariff (FIT) were unlawful, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has now asked the Supreme Court’s permission to appeal against that ruling.
DECC disagrees with the Court of Appeal’s decision on FITs and have lodged an application with the Supreme Court seeking that court’s permission to appeal.
We are all now waiting to see if the Supreme Court will grant permission.
Ethical retailer, The Body Shop has installed the largest, self-funded roof mounted solar Photo Voltaic (PV) system in the UK, just before the Feed In Tariffs (FIT) changes amended by the government takes effect at the end of the month.
The 6,355 square meter installation consists of 3,840 solar panels (roughly the size of 24 tennis courts) and is situated at the Company’s head office site in Watersmead, Sussex. The Body Shop installation will also likely to be the last large scale PV solar system in the UK to be entirely funded by one organization due to the considerably reduced FIT for schemes greater than 250kWh. The tariff...