So the summer's a bit dissapointing so far weather wise. But if you charge batteries on your boat with a wind charger like the new Rutland 504 these cloudy windy days are just fine!
A research project is underway at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in America to investigate the potential for turning tarmac roads and car parks into giant solar energy collectors.
What a great idea! Cast your mind back to those hot summer days walking along melting tarmac roads..... it might seem a bit far fetched for the UK when we have summers like the one we are experiencing in 2008, but when it is hot most of us have seen at first hand how well tarmac soaks up the suns rays and warms up. Well some bright spark in the USA has patented the idea and is busy trying to make it work.
Research done already in laboratory and small...
Water companies have been telling Ofwat (the industry regulator) by how much they want to increase water prices over the 5 years from 2010.
Nearly all of the water companies propose price increases over and above inflation. In some areas prices are set to increase by more than 25% over and above the rate of inflation.
The effect of this is that the average domestic water bill in 2015 is expected to be £350, with bills increasing £30 over the five-year period, it said.
The water companies argue that prices rises are required to cover the high cost of maintaining and improving infrastructure.The spectre of climate change...
MPs have called for further reform of the energy market as household fuel prices continue to rise.
A report by the Business and Enterprise Select Committee states that domestic gas and electricity prices are likely to rise in the near future to even higher levels than the headline increases (40% +) announced recently in the press.
The Committee found no evidence of collusion between the main electricity and gas suppliers (British Gas, E.on, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern, EDF and nPower), but it does say that there are “very real problems” with the domestic energy market.
Government will rapidly need to come up with...
Natural Renewable Energy?
I read somewhere last week that scientists are examining sycamore seeds to see if they can help them improve the design of wind turbine blades and boost their efficiency.
How cool is that?
I think most of us as kids had hours of fun playing "helicopters" with these fascinating seeds. I certainly did! I think it's great that we can learn or thing or two from them to help us to produce greener energy. Afterall nature has been honing the design of this little natural turbines for millenia, human engineers have only been tinkering for a few decades.
I am sure we still have a thing or two to learn from...
It's on the telly. It's on the radio. It's in the newspapers. We're all doomed! Well, maybe not, but upsets in the global financial markets as well as one or two in the UK itself are certainly concentrating everyone's minds on the state of the economy, and many are asking the question whether we are heading for recession.
Of course the housing price boom of recent years in the UK has provided a false sense of financial well being for many and now that credit is becoming harder to come by, more expensive and harder to pay back many of us are looking at ways of reducing our monthly outgoings any way we can.
Well saving energy in our...
I love the month of May. Spring has well and truly sprung, the April showers finally fade into the distance and the promise of summer is just around the corner.
The thing about this time of the year is that everything is so vibrant and full of life. The green colour of the leaves on trees and hedgerows is incredible. It's a lighter, brighter green than any other time of the year and it is incredibly beautiful. I am lucky enough to live and work in the countryside and watching the seasons come and go is a privelage that shouldn't be taken for granted.
And now the sun is shining as well - what more could we ask for?! The warmth from...
Arrrgh, a new blog. I can here the groans from here. Well you can pack that in for a start! Let me explain....
Ecofreak News seemed a bit too starchy, a bit too serious, a bit too.... well you know -boring! So, out with the old News feature and in with the new blog!
Basically, I think a blog will be more fun and easier to read (and write!) than news, so that's why the feature is changing.
The blog aims to provide a lighthearted look at eco news of the day along with interesting and helpful eco information and our own news about things that are happening here at Ecofreak. It is not a definitive point of reference for green news...