Here at Ecofreak (despite the name!) we try to take a pragmatic approach to saving energy and being eco conscious. We realise that most people will not make major changes to their behaviour unless there is some kind of financial or personal "reward" for doing so. That's human nature and we're cool with that.
What we try and do is source energy saving devices that are easy to use, value for money and appealing to the consumer. That way perhaps more of us will be tempted to do something to reduce our energy consumption whether the justification is to reduce our bill, our carbon footprint or may be just to be a liitle bit eco-cool! And...
LIGHTS OUT TO SAVE MONEY
I see in the news that various councils and highways authorities are switching on to switching off street lights through the dead of night. The move has been prompted by increasing electricity costs but has the added benefits of reducing light pollution, saving energy and reducing the authority's carbon footprint.
Powys council in Wales have started to switch off 2 out of 3 street lights in "non-sensitive" areas to try and offset energy price increases of around 35%.
With no change the council expect the annual cost of powering Powys' street lighting to increase from £175,000 to...
If you're looking to save energy this winter, one of the first things you should consider is how well your home or business is insulated.
Ensuring you have good insulation should be one of the first steps you take to reducing your energy consumption and winter fuel costs. It's cheap and relatively easy to do as a DIY job. There are also quite a few grants around at the moment too.
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...