Current Cost are a relatively new entrant to the energy monitor retail market, however, their wireless energy monitors are well proven having been supplied by energy companies to consumers over the last few years. In fact Current Cost have supplied in excess of three quarters of a million units so far!
To compliment our existing range of energy monitors we have decided to stock the Current Cost range which includes the entry level Trec wireless energy monitor and CC128 Envi wireless energy monitor . We also have stock of additional Envi sensors and Current Cost accessories .
The Current Cost monitors are in many ways similar to...
Here at Ecofreak we love the summer, however as the British weather is never predictable, when we do get some good weather make the most of it!
Here are our top ten favourite eco products to help you enjoy your summer, whether your out and about camping, going to a festival or just larging it up with your mates in the garden.
1. Solar Powered Charger
Just because you are in the middle of a field doesn't mean you can't charge your mobile phone or iPod! Get a solar phone charger such as the Solio solar charger and you use the free and abundant power of the sun to charge your mobile electronic appliances.
If you are looking for a robust solar panel for your yacht, boat or caravan we can now supply a full range of the excellent Spectra and Sunware semi-flexible panels.
Solar Battery Maintenance
Use a solar panel to charge your battery and be greeted by fully charged batteries every time you return to your yacht, boat or caravan!
The solar panel will keep your battery in a fully charged state which not only extends battery life, therefore reducing replacement costs but will also make your life easier!
What Size Solar Panel?
As a rule of thumb, to replace natural battery drain through the winter months in the UK we work on...
Last week I went on a 3 day grid tied solar photovoltaic (solar PV) installation training course up in Chesterfield. I know my off grid solar PV as I design and supply systems for battery charging regularly, but getting the low down on grid tied installations was an interesting and worthwhile process.
Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
For my customers to benefit from the new Feed in Tariffs (introduced April 2010) all equipment installed and I, as the installer, have to be MCS accredited.
It is a prerequisite of becoming a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installer that I can prove I am...
It is estimated by the company that has been contracted to supply the 1st million of these dual fuel smart meters that the technolgy could help customers save a total of £200m on energy bills over the next decade. That's a huge saving in total energy use which is excellent news. The benefit to individual households will be less significant (£20 per year doing some simple maths on the headline £200m figure above) however, the fact that smart metering will help customers more easily monitor and control their own energy use has got to be great step in the right direction.
How Smart Meters Work
British Gas' smart meters will monitor...
I don't know about you, but when people talk about light pollution I normally assume they are concerned about the lack of visibility of the night sky or the fact that they can't get to sleep because of the street light outside their bedroom window. Or that's what I used to think, what I am saying to you now is that it might be worth thinking a bit harder about the full consequences of light pollution.
I live out in the sticks a bit and on a clear night if I look up I can see the stars very well. Look to the South West however, where the City of Leicester nestles just below the horizon and the stars are very quickly lost in the...
As part of its commitment to decreasing our reliance on fossil and nuclear fuels the UK Government has brought in a new Feed in Tariff, FIT (sometimes referred to as Energy Cashbacks) effective from this month, April 2010.
The Feed in Tariff obliges energy companies to pay a premium price to the energy generator (that could be you!) for ALL the renewable energy produced. It doesn't matter if the renewable energy produced is consumed at the owners property or exported back to the grid - every kWh of renewable energy produced will be paid for by the energy company.
This means renewable energy generators get a double benefit when using...
Why not have a go at growing some of your own food this year? Growing a few veggies doesn't need a lot of space and can be very rewarding. You get the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food came from and knowing that it is the result of your own endeavour. Home grown food always tastes better too.
It's simple and inexpensive to get started but if you need a bit of an incentive, visit the BBC's Dig In website where you can apply for a free dig in pack containing 5 easy to grow veg varieties which come with full instructions and stickers. There are also animated guides and top tips at the BBC Dig In site.
A great way to get...