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03
JUN

Guest Energizer says:
Making Your New Home More Energy Efficient


Category: Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Sustainable Living, Wind Power
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If you are going to move to a new home soon, you might want to consider ways to make it more energy efficient and green. While it is true that the whole situation is stressful enough, indicated by the fact many surveys rank this among the most difficult tasks one has to deal with in life, it is also true that moving house presents many new opportunities.

One of the most important things you can consider for your home is implementing green technology and features. Now is the perfect opportunity to become a better eco-friendly person, start a new life in your new and improved home. Relocation to a new place is your opportunity to live in a home that is green and less taxing on the environment.

Making Your New Home more Energy Efficient

Here are some projects you can consider:

Rainwater harvest system – that is one thing you should definitely consider for your new home. An RHS allows the collection of rainwater from your rooftop, which would normally go to waste. It is a precious resource, which the system will store in a tank, allowing you to utilise it later for various needs. Collected rainwater can easily be used for various cleaning tasks, all of which you will have to perform a lot of after relocation. The benefits of having an RHS installed in your home are huge – it can save you up to 50% of your water bill, which is not a small amount at all.

Solar panelssolar power has become a widespread reality. Many homes have panels installed, and this is very good, because it is a great way of saving energy and utilising a renewable source for power. The thing to consider before moving house to a place with solar panels is that the investment is a rather large one. You can expect a long-term return, but that should not stop you from implementing this project in your home.

Energy efficient electronics – if you want to pay less for moving services, you can leave part of your old electronics behind or sell them in order to acquire new and more energy efficient ones. This is definitely something to consider, because it not only makes your move easier, but also makes your new home much more eco-friendly and green.

Wind turbine – another great way of making your home more eco-friendly is to harness the power of the winds by mounting a wind turbine on the roof of your new home. Even small models can make quite a difference in reducing your electricity bill. Of course, you have to keep in mind whether or not the conditions are good – your home must be in an area with plenty of winds, otherwise the turbine will not produce electricity.

It is by implementing these 4 features in your new home that you can make it green and eco-friendly. Definitely consider the upgrades, because they are worth it and their positive impact on the environment will be noticeable.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for: Islington Van and Man Hire. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about house removals, storage, office relocation, green living home solutions, other home related topics.



29
APR

Guest Energizer says:
Renewable Energy Marketplace 2015


Category: Electric Transport, Green Electricity, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized
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Renewable Energy Marketplace 2015

As the Environment and Community Services Apprentice for North Dorset District Council. The Renewable Energy Marketplace 2015 provided me with an excellent opportunity to find out more about local companies as well those further afield who shared my general philosophy and interest in renewables with a view to identifying possible future employment opportunities. I was grateful to Vince Adams, co-founder of Energise Stur Valley who very kindly sponsored my attendance as well as providing transport to the event in his electric car, so minimising our impact on the environment. I was extremely fortunate that following an initial discussion, a local renewable energy company offered me a post as administrator. Although extremely flattered I indicated that I wish to complete my apprenticeship at North Dorset prior to securing further employment within the industry.

The event hosted a good range of companies including installers, facilitators and informers. At the start there was a stimulating debate between the local (to Exeter) leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and The Green Party. They took questions from attendees and there were clearly many differences in opinion. Diana Moore representing The Green Party made clear her disagreement with the views put forward by Neil Parish representing the Conservatives. The debate has not affected who I plan to vote for in the upcoming elections, although it has encouraged me to undertake further research into the finer details of each party’s policies.

The stalls were well grouped in terms of subject matter and the stall holders were all very approachable, knowledgeable and keen to promote their organisations. The arts and communities section was of particular interest and through discussion I met a fellow attendee who is considering putting on an Eco Fashion Show in Dorchester, so I may get involved in this as I enjoy textiles and fashion. There were various seminars including one on arts and energy which discussed Whitby the Musical, a performance which uses the opportunity of using musical theatre to portray a positive image of the renewable energy industry. It would be the first of its kind and a brilliant way of getting local communities on board with a renewable energy scheme and raising awareness amongst young people.

Outside the exhibition area there were several electric and hybrid cars, which in addition to my conversation with Vince travelling to and from the event, persuaded me that they offered a viable future mode of transport, particularly now that charging points are more widely available including at service stations. The choice of cars available on the current market is varied ranging from a little run-around such as the Toyota Yaris Hybrid to the larger BMW i8. Some of the cars could be test driven which was a great way to attract future customers and raising interest in them.

The Renewable Energy Bake Off was quite a success and there were some very decorative cupcakes with wind turbines, solar panels and other renewables iced on which someone had carefully crafted. The cakes were delicious and particularly welcome given there was little else on offer in terms of food at the event. Next time, I would suggest having a greater range of stalls providing local produce.

In terms of attendees it appeared only to attract those already involved in the renewables market in some way, rather than wider members of the public. I feel it would have been beneficial and more attractive to wider audiences if admission had been free rather than £18 entry plus £54 if wishing to attend a conference.

Overall the event was a success with Westpoint in Exeter buzzing with environmental enthusiasts and companies. There were many interesting organisations and individuals available and it was an ideal opportunity to network. I hope to attend again in the future.

This is a first posting to our site by Kathryn Flint



28
APR

Guest Energizer says:
DARPA Algae Biofuels Program and Future Jet Fuels


Category: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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DARPA Algae Biofuels Program and Future Jet Fuel Solutions

Have you ever imagined that the future of jet fuels may actually lie in algae or other alternative solutions other than kerosene? If that is the case, then you would be glad to hear of the program the US Department of Defense has been working on over the past years, attempting to find a more sustainable solution for aviation that stays away from the excessive consumption of petroleum fuels. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, the people that gave the world ARPANET, which served as the basis of the internet are working on a great many projects at the same time, some with purely military applications, while others have a much wider range of use that could easily find their ways into the civilian world, much like ARPANET did back in the late 60s.

The scientific minds behind the DoD’s most dedicated think tank have their projects ranging from robotics to biotechnology, but this particular project for biofuel implementation seems like a promising step toward a more eco-friendly solutions for aviation needs worldwide. As this program’s main goal is to reduce the incredible reliance upon imported oil, DARPA scientists have been working on a renewable jet fuel known as JP-8 that aims to not only meet, but also exceed the performance metrics of the more traditional sources of jet fuel.

This type of fuel will be derived from a cellulose base materials and algae that won’t compete with food crops. The best part of the goals of the JP-8 project is the intention to create a stable fuel that acts in a way to allow easy integration with current engine systems and fuel storage without adjustments to airplanes. While still in development, the program has a promising future due to a number of factors, such as lowered fuel costs overall, fewer carbon emissions and a lower carbon footprint for global air travel without the need for expensive retrofitting of existing aircraft.

DARPA has ties to many of the scientific communities out there, which have often been used to create life-changing solutions worldwide, such as the phone app Siri, originally an offshoot of the CALO project funded by DARPA. The Biofuels program has accomplished a number of large steps toward completion of the project; mostly in ensuring algae and cellulose can be safely and effectively used to create a feedstock for the JP-8 fuel. General Atomics handle the algae project, while Logos Technologies are working on the cellulosic approach as part of the concentrated efforts to make the project work.

The effort to make cellulose fuel more widespread is still ongoing with further developments to follow in the coming years, but the future of air travel looks to finally and possibly be cheaper if civilian implementation of this type of fuel becomes more widespread. The applications of this can have far-reaching effects on the economy, being a boost to trade, moving companies and logistics and relocation of trade goods everywhere. While the boon to commercial passenger aviation should not be underestimated, the greatest benefit will still end up being cargo shipping across the globe, whether it is by companies or movers. What the project will create in the end as a finished result still remains to be seen in the near future.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for: Van removal services in Westminster. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about house removals, storage, office relocation, green living home solutions, other home related topics.



16
APR

Guest Energizer says:
Guidelines on Solar Power for Homeowners


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Guidelines on Solar Power for Homeowners

There are many things we can agree upon and one of them is that utility bills can certainly be smaller. We can make it happen however, especially if you know what you’re doing and how to deal with them in a creative way. Residential solar power will allow you to deal with that, as it is one of many solutions for such needs that allow us to become more and more independent from our local power supplier. Of course solar power can be used in a strictly supplementary role if we simply don’t have the weather for optimal use, but in the end it remains an excellent solution. The tips ahead will explain how you can make use of it around your home:

  • There are a lot of commercial systems that allow us to take advantage of solar power better than the more common residential ones, but they need to be placed in locations with good light levels to take advantage of the technology. They possess better storage cells and efficiency, but they are also more expensive as well. Working with this type of tech will allow you to lower your energy bills drastically, assuming your local weather allows it.
  • There is a lot of independence in owning solar panels and making use of them around your home. Using this type of green power source not only saves you from power outages when they happen, but they also give you a chance to stay away from the grid entirely if you happen to live in arid climates. Using solar power is attainable as a goal, but you will need to keep in mind that it will still take a good bit of time to pay the setup. It will work for itself, but it still carries a good bit of financial strain as well, so you will need to consider that before you move on to the actual task at hand.
  • Once you work this out, you will need to decide on subsidies and the final price. Solar water heating systems will be simpler to pay off, but a true photovoltaic system will need about a decade to pay for itself with current prices. You can always combine a good solar water heater with photovoltaic panels, but you will need a good bit of space to do so. You may want to consider doing that before you move into a new home, whether you use a moving company or not. This will be the best time to do so, as choosing your property will largely dictate the solar power capability it will possess. Make sure you do so long before the moving truck arrives at your front door and see about doing an energy audit for your new home.
  • You may need to retire your system as a purely supplemental power source if you don’t have a steady weather pattern of unobstructed sunlight where you live. Doing so will still allow you to keep your bills low, but at the same time you will still benefit from solar power in the end.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for: London Removals Ltd. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about house removals, storage, office relocation, green living home solutions, other home related topics.



01
APR

Guest Energizer says:
Heat Pump Green Energy Guidelines


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Heat Pump Green Energy Guidelines

Heat pumps take heat from the ground, water or air and use that for space heating and heating up water as well. Where a fridge works by taking the heat from your food and water and removing it, while heat pumps take the heat from the ground itself or water and air and pump it into your home to keep it warm.

Heat pumps don’t always work great in most homes however, since they usually have the best efficiency in insulated buildings and may also be a pretty good choice when you’re building a new home as well. If you hope that using a heat pump will help lower the heating costs of your home, this may not be the case if you plan on replacing a gas boiler, for instance. If you are currently heating your home with electricity, oil or LPG, then you may have greater results overall and an easier time financially.

If you want to install a ground source heat pump, then you have to have plenty of space around your property if you want to achieve that. The space will be necessary for all the pipework that becomes part of it, buried underground to make it happen. It may also be installed using a borehole, but that will cost you more in the end. You will also have to have suitable locations for your drilling machinery if you want to make it happen. Air source heat pumps will end up taking less space, but you still need to have a good bit of distance away from your neighbouring homes and space to do so.

Heat pumps can help heat up water to a lower overall temperature than most traditional boilers, so you would do well to ensure you have a very well insulated home with good floor heating. You can make use of a heat pump with radiators involved, but you will need to use a larger set of them if you want to reach a good level of heating involved. A lot of the older buildings are not really good enough in terms of energy efficiency so they can use floor heating for low temperature radiators.

A traditional boiler with a hot water cylinder will heat up to 60°C or even higher. Using a heat pump will allow you to heat your water easily, but the hotter you make it, the more power it will require to make it happen, so you may want to keep the temperature around 50°C. Boosting it all the way to 60°C once a week will allow you to keep legionella away, which are pathogenic bacteria that happen to grow in such water sources with the right conditions. In many cases heat pumps come with an integrated immersion heater as well.

Since they tend to take up less space, air heat pumps will better serve urban areas and apartments, especially where there is no gas supply at the ready or when they need to replace electric heating. Installing one after a major house clearance initiative will work well, since you will have the most space for it. You also need to consider the chance of hiring a clearance company that works for junk clearance, furniture clearance and more.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for Rubbish Waste Ltd. who offer house clearance, recycling, rubbish collection. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about waste removal, cleaning, green living home solutions, removals and other home related topics.



18
MAR

Guest Energizer says:
Pros and Cons of Biomass Energy


Category: Biomass Energy, Sustainable Living
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Pros and Cons of Biomass Energy

One thing we can agree upon is that the perfect energy source simply doesn’t exist yet. Each and every one source of energy we have out there has its own promises and disadvantages, but they may vary from type to type. This article will cover the details of biomass energy and what it has to offer.

Biomass has been used and around for a long, long time, before anyone actually spoke of alternate energy or renewable resources. At one point wood was the primary energy source for cooking, heating and other solutions. It still happens to be used today in many countries around the world, though in less locations in the west as it stands. Cleaning it also takes quite a bit of effort unless used in productive ways, as the following examples will point out. When we mention biomass today, we talk about a few applications used today:

Direct burning to create heat

This is the usual, traditional method of burning fossil fuels we are all very familiar with, meant for cooking and heating. It is still widely used around the world, but also responsible for plenty of greenhouse gases, respiratory illnesses and worse.

Generation of electricity

Biomass can be used to feed a boiler, which in turn will provide steam to a turbine generator. Feedstock is usually made from wood residue, as well as industrial and urban waste wood. This type of generation of power can also be improved with a co-generation solution that uses the heat of the process to improve efficiency for a combined arrangement.

Gasification

The biomass is used and heated in an environment that allows it to break down into flammable gas. Once the gas has been filtered and cleaned, it can then be reused as a natural gas in a combined cycle turbine. The feedstock used is made of agricultural and forest residue.

Anaerobic Digestion

Biomaterials used in a fermentation process that works on converting the organic compounds into biogas, composed of roughly 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide. The methane is converted into CO2 and water by being burned still has a net positive from a greenhouse gas perspective, as methane is a more tenacious greenhouse gas than CO2.

Pros of using biomass:

  • Renewable fuel source
  • Low cost
  • Ample supply
  • Domestically produced
  • Low carbon contents
  • Convertible into energy to keep waste low

Cons of using biomass:

  • Energy intensive for production purposes with little gain
  • May lead to deforestation
  • Needs water supply
  • Not entirely clean when burned
  • May compete with food production
  • Seasonal fuel sources
  • Process of creation is still fairly expensive
  • Methane and CO2 emitted during production
  • Heavy feedstock requires energy to transport

When it comes down to it, biomass seems compelling at first, considering its renewable source and it may be produced on domestic soil, but there are also plenty of drawbacks that make it an eco-unfriendly solution in the end. As population keeps growing, the competition between arable land for food production and water will make this type of option work poorly in the days to come. The other option that would work better is that much of the materials used to create biomass may also be used for composting and food production, which is a cleaner alternative although not directly tied to energy production.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for Cleaners House Ltd. who offer eco-friendly house and office cleaning services. Sofia is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement and gardening projects and writes mainly about domestic cleaning, green living home solutions and gardening.



04
MAR

Guest Energizer says:
Future Improvements in Green Wind Power


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Future Improvements in Green Wind Power

As the world’s need for electric power grows, there are certain effects of fossil fuels that require us to look for other opportunities with alternative power sources. Solar power, tidal and geothermal power as well as the classic of wind power turbines has been on the rise in terms of green energy.

Wind power is one of those natural resources that simply don’t go away, so you can make great use of it around your home as well as in terms of powering industrial facilities and so forth. Whether you want to have wind power around your home, in your garden or as part of your landscaping solutions, as a supplement to your power grid are up to you. The following article will cover the upcoming or already developing technologies in terms of wind power and what it has to offer:

Airborne wind power

Makani is working on an airborne energy kite, which is one excellent solution to using the higher altitude strong winds and using their energy with efficiency. Wind in the upper atmosphere are far more consistent, which means any turbines can be used to great benefit, but it will be a while before we see any widespread implementation of the concept beyond the current stage of its work. There is also the Altaeros wind turbine which works with an inflatable, helium-filled shell that allows access to high altitude winds. Projected lowering of energy costs is at a whopping 65% with this technology, assuming it ever becomes widespread and used across the world.

Low-speed winds and power

Another interesting solution is the one offered by Wind Power Innovations. The Wind Harvester is a great, horizontal approach its design, which makes use of aerofoils to create electrical power, even in lower speed winds. It may also work in various wind speed conditions, but it takes a bit of space.

Bladeless Wind Power

The Windstalk is a great new solution which consists of a hollow pole which houses ceramic, piezoelectric discs that are connected with cables from to bottom. As each of the disks is connected, the swaying of the pole and movement of the disks generates a current. This makes them excellent for saving up space and eliminating moving parts, thus making them safer for garden installation, garden landscaping and so forth.

Wind lens

Japanese researchers have been looking into ways to boost the traditional wind turbines and their efficiency up to the amazing three times. A wind lens placed around the turbine blades is expected to give a massive boost in performance for the current designs.

Vertical wind power

This is one way of handling the challenge of wind power, which is seen in the designs of the previous examples. The Windspire design is believed to allow a 2000 KWh for an average of 11 mph wind speed, working with a rotating horizontal design that looks more like an antenna, instead of the traditional look. Eddy turbines on the other hand have a sleek design that allows it to work safe with wind speeds reaching up to the quite serious 120 mph. It has the ability to produce up to 600W of power, which may allow it to work wonders when paired with a good solar array.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for Gardening Services Gardeners Ltd. who offers garden design services. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about gardening and landscaping, green living home solutions and other home related topics.



20
FEB

Guest Energizer says:
Green Energy Conservation Tips 101


Category: Energy Efficiency
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Green Energy Conservation Tips 101s

There are many ways and techniques used to save energy so we can make our bills significantly lower, including reducing our carbon footprint and more. But it takes some knowledge and work to pull it off successfully.

The following tips will give you the necessary knowledge so you can help cleaning the pollution by improving your overall energy efficiency.

Eliminating incandescent light bulbs

They have been around for pretty much over a hundred years, but they are slowly losing ground to other, more efficient solutions out there and what they have to offer. For the most part they tend to do their job; however their energy efficiency is quickly becoming obsolete, due to converting much of their power into heat instead of simple light. If you want to take your green energy efficiency up a notch, then you will need to remove them and replace them with something more efficient, such as LED, fluorescent or halogen lights. They will both have a longer life and better energy consumption rate than the pioneers of electric light.

Sealing leaks

If you feel a draft around your home, then this means you likely have a breach in your walls or ceiling that allows air to escape into the outside world. Poor insulation around most home is one of the chief reasons why you may be battling a higher energy bill. If you want to get the bills down, then you will need to insulate all areas the best way you can. You can identify these by hiring a professional to do a thermographic inspection of your home, noting problem areas and tackling them later. Plus sealing the leaks will prevent the dirt coming to your home and will make your house cleaning easier.

Turn off appliances you don’t need

If you have ever heard the term vampire energy, then you are likely aware this has nothing to do with fictional beings, but it concerns the small draw all appliances have, constantly sucking energy off the grid even when they’re in standby mode. Get into the habit of unplugging your TV, electronics and anything else that doesn’t really need to be plugged in to function right. Energy conservation habits like this will improve your power consumption in the long run. In addition, cleaning your appliances regularly will make them more efficient.

Using energy efficient window panes

If you have poor insulation, then you will experience a lot of heat loss through your windows, so you would do well to replace them with something that works better and stops the heat loss. There are many ways you can do this, but thankfully there are plenty of companies that work with this type of window solutions out there. UV-filtered glass is also an excellent addition to the windows, as they will keep the most harmful of the sun’s rays out of your home, sparing your furniture and personal belongings from harm. However, you will need to be extra careful when cleaning your windows, because this type of glass is more vulnerable to scratches. You can hire a professional cleaning company to avoid any damages. The better windows also have a gas insulation inside that prevents heat loss with a significantly better success than the usual, old-fashioned windows used in the past. You will likely need the help of an experienced handyman to get something like this done, as well as any other projects such as appliance repair, electrical services, home repairs and other odd-jobs that need doing, so consider looking for one.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for Cleaning Domestic Cleaners Ltd. who offer eco-friendly cleaning services. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about cleaning, green living home solutions, removals and other home related topics.


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  • Evans Energy Solutions comments:
    "These are brilliant energy conservation tips! Good job putting these together. We will share this through our social media channels for you. "
    September 17, 2015 a 11:35 am

  • Gillian comments:
    "Brilliant basic tips guys- I actually think the simplest things i.e. switching off a light when you leave a room, turning everything off as opposed to leaving it on standby and so on can make a huge difference but a lot of homeowners consider this and switching to energy efficient bulbs as a pointless move- it’s a shame that more don’t understand how the smallest changes can have the biggest impact "
    March 23, 2015 a 9:59 am


27
JAN

Guest Energizer says:
Wind Turbines in the landscape in Portugal


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Wind Turbines in the landscape in Portugal

I stood on a hill in the Eastern Algarve looking at the beautiful landscape towards Spain.

It was too early for Spring Flowers but nevertheless the views were breathtaking.

I could see a multitude of Wind Turbines glowing in the winter sunshine and all turning in the distance – were they in Spain or Portugal ?

Wind turbines in Portugal?

Wind turbines in Portugal?

It didn’t matter- they were a part of the total experience. I knew at once that they must have been creating pure, clean energy and it felt good.

Wind Turbines in Spain?

Wind Turbines in Spain?

No intrusion of the view just enhancing !!

This is a guest post by Lin Adams – while holidaying in Portugal


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  • Kathryn Flint comments:
    "I agree, wind turbines are aesthetically pleasing and they don’t take up much room compared to a solar farm producing the same amount of energy. I was on Hambledon Hill very recently and the solar farm really is an eye-saw which detracts from the typical English beauty of its surroundings. "
    May 15, 2015 a 9:57 am

  • vince adams comments:
    "Dorset artist says yes to Wind Turbines they even enhance the landscape and are so important for our future on this planet "
    January 27, 2015 a 10:01 am


21
JAN

Guest Energizer says:
Leftovers Soup


Category: Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized
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Leftovers Soup

Soup is one of the easiest and tastiest ways of eating a few more vegetables, and nature offers us just the vegetables our bodies need through the seasons. So, during winter, we can warm up with comforting carrot, squash and celeriac, while in the summer we can lighten things up with garden peas, tomato gazpachos and even lettuce soup.

We also love how soup is perfect for using up veg, and if you come across any ‘ugly’ veg that isn’t quite perfect in the looks department, soup loves all vegetables. Perhaps you have an organic farm or farmer’s market near you that struggles to sell its funny looking or slightly blemished fruit and vegetables – when it all goes in the pot it really doesn’t matter. For this recipe, you can use any combination of root vegetables and winter greens you like. We had leek, potato, carrot, cabbage and chard to hand.

Leftovers Soup

Winter vegetable soup

1. Chop an onion as fine as possible, followed by your root veg, for example a carrot and some celeriac. You might want to add a little chopped leek, too. Gently sweat all of these in olive oil in a large pan.

2. Shred some cabbage, perhaps some chard or cavelo nero. Saute this separately in a large frying pan or wok.

3. Add hot stock to the onions and root veg. We love to use a stock made with brown miso paste. Add the leafy veg to the pot.

4. Meanwhile, soft boil an egg for each person (6 minutes from boiling water), run under the cold tap, peel and slice in halves.

5. Ladle into deep bowls and add the egg halves to each.

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This is a Guest Post by Kate Adams, co-author with Nicole Pisani of Magic Soup: Food for Health and Happiness


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  • vince adams comments:
    "We at Letsgetenergized believe in great vegetarian food being another plank in creating a way of life kind to our planet and utilising good food rather than creating more waste.
    Enjoy !! "

    January 21, 2015 a 6:08 pm


27
NOV

Guest Energizer says:
4 Tips for Green Living


Category: Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Living
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4 Tips for Green Living (2)

Being environmentally conscious is not about buying LED bulbs or sorting your garbage. You know that saying – small changes make huge difference? That is true, but only if you make green living your lifestyle. It is an everyday effort and should extend beyond your cleaning methods or furniture preference. It should become a way of thinking. This will not happen in a day, but you can start by improving small things around your home.

There are three major reasons why you should embrace an eco–friendly way of living…

Firstly, you will lower the negative impacts on the environment, secondly, you will have healthier life and thirdly you will save some money.

1. Be Energy Conscious

If your lights still operate with regular incandescent bulbs, replace them immediately with LED ones.They have longer life, use less energy and decrease sufficiently the cost for electricity.

The commercial production of electrical power involves the use of hazards for the environment. Fossil fuels contribute to the emission of a large amount of carbon that is the leading driver of global warming. Switch to green energy! Although some green electric companies charge a little bit more, the amount is not that significant. You will set positive examples that will inspire others to take the same actions.

Another option is to install your own solar panels. You can take advantage of the government’s incentives like lower taxes. Plus you will produce your own energy and you will not depend on external parties.

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2. Green Clean

Remove the toxins from your home for good. They are not only harmful for the environment, but also for your health. Commercial cleaning products contain hazardous components can cause allergies, sickness and even poisoning. Create your own cleaning solutions by using natural ingredients. Use vinegar to clean your floor and upholstery. Baking soda is ideal for rubbing stained surfaces, while lemon will sanitize your toilet and whiten your laundry, leaving refreshing aroma.

3. Save Heat &Water

The first step towards saving water is by fixing the leaky faucets. Buy high-efficiency showerheads and a water-conserving toilet that will save several gallons of water. In addition you can install sink-aerator attachments. These inexpensive appliances will contribute immensely to your household budget.

Heating constitutes a large part of your energy consumption and affects significantly your expenses. Use solar water heaters or wrap your regular one with insulating blanket. Check if your windows are well sealed and there are no air leaks. You can either proof the problematic areas or insulate your whole home. It is a one–time investment that will surely repay the next month when you get your bill.

4. Get Green Utilities

Buy energy efficient appliances. Some washing machines can do magic with yor laundry even with cold water. Use the dishwasher only when there is full load. It’s preferable to do the dishes manually.

Lastly, unplug all the electrical devices when you don’t use them anymore!

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for www.cleaningcarpet.co who offer eco-friendly cleaning services. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about cleaning, green living home solutions, removals and other home related topics.



13
NOV

Guest Energizer says:
Saving Water: The Whys and Hows


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Saving Water The Whys and Hows (2)

Conserving the water resources of our planet is crucial in times when scarcity is a real threat. The liquid is vital not only for humans but for every living creature. With this in mind you need to be cautious of how you use water supplies.

By following these simple saving tips, you will not only limit the waste of water, but you will also save some money.

Why it Is Important to Save Water?

First and foremost, because without fresh water life on Earth would be impossible. Although the major part of the planet’s surface consists of water, only 3% of it is suitable for your everyday needs, of which only 1% is available for immediate use. The rest is salt water. It’s hazardous to rely on such a small percent and still recklessly wasting prolific amount of water. With the constantly growing population and scarce resources, we may be at the edge of water insufficiency. On the other hand, climate change has negative effects on the water supplies. Rain and snowfall may become rarer. Global warming causes the melt down of the snowpack of the mountains, which are a natural source of drinking water found in the streams and rivers.

If the described apocalyptic scenario doesn’t scare you then think about how much money you can safe by limiting your water consumption. Reducing the water use will have an impact on another other ecologically problematic area – energy production. The water extraction and purifying requires great amount of energy, which leads to the exhaustion of resources such as oil and natural gas. Already convinced? Here are few tips how to lower the water use.

Saving Water The Whys and Hows (1)

3 Ways to Save Water

1. Buy Water Efficient Appliances

Invest in an energy and water efficient washing machine. It saves water and money at the same time. Kitchen cleaning has a huge part in the household water consumption. Wash the dark clothes that don’t require special care with cold water. Use the dishwasher occasionally. These devices use smaller amounts of water than when washing your dishes by hand, therefore when you have a full stack of dirty dishes it’s better to get them to do the dirty job.

2. Reduce the Leaks

Install aerators on the kitchen and bathroom faucets. In addition put low – flow shower heads. Buy a dual – flash toilet. Get a fish tank to collect rain water to moisten the household greenery or even use it for cleaning your car.

3. A Matter of Habits

Sometimes little changes make huge difference. Avoiding practices such as leaving the water running constantly while brushing your teeth or cleaning fruits and vegetables. If you are a bath tub lover, you should sacrifice this little pleasure.

Use water wisely and show your care for the environment. If this is not enough to convince you, you should think about the benefits of saving some bucks from your bills!

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for www.endoftenancycleaning.org.uk. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about cleaning, green living home solutions, removals and other home related topics.



04
NOV

Guest Energizer says:
Trick Your Home into Being More Energy Efficient


Category: Energy Efficiency
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Ways to Make your Home More Energy Efficient s (2)

Saving money is always an issue. So why not cut the costs of your utility bills?

An energy efficient home will make you feel comfortable while saving you money. It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking simple steps or making huge investments. It will surely pay off over time.

Energy Vampires

Look for the sneaky energy suckers. Electronic devices left unplugged cause a lot of waste. You may think that some items are turned down, when they’re actually not. For instance, while TVs are on standby, they continue to use energy. A quick tip to make sure that everything is switched off is to plug your devices into a power strip. When you don’t use them any more, you can quickly turn off them all at once. If you are absent minded, buy a smart power strip that will automatically do that for you.

Beat the Air Leaks

Don’t lose heat during the cold months. It’s unpleasant and it will affect your energy consumption. Double glazed windows will keep the warm air in and the cold air out. If this seems costly, you can install draught proofing. You have two options foam seal and metallic or plastic brush strips. Nothing will preserve the warmth in your house like a wall and attic insulation.

Update Your Appliances

Replace the energy in-efficient dryer with a clothing line. It is practical and it will make your home smell clean and lovely. Go one step further and wash your clothes by hand. If you are not ready to give up the washing machine then just do the laundry with colder water. Buy a manual lawn mower, instead of electric one. Immediately change the incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones.

Cool Down

If you want to make your home more energy efficient, then you need to lower the degrees of your thermostat a little bit. Did you know that by turning down your thermostat by 10 degrees for only eight hours you can decrease your bill with up to 15% per year? Do this before going to work.

Ways to Make your Home More Energy Efficient s

Renovate Your Home

Lower your energy bill considerably by transforming your rooftop into photo-voltaic solar system. The practice is receiving wide acceptance, mainly because of the government incentives. The institutions are fostering the use of green energy through sponsorship and different tax benefits. If you’re planning a full home renovation, browse online or contact government agencies for further information. You will not only save money, but you will also boost the value of your estate.
When talking about indoor changes, here are some areas you should consider…

Heating has a major share in the household energy consumption. If you’re up for investing in this area definitely pick under floor heating.

If your home is not suitable for the system or if the system is just too expensive for you, then the cork flooring is the right solution. The primary advantages are that it can be placed over existing surfaces such as stone, ceramics, wood and linoleum and it works great as an insulation material. Don’t be afraid that the furniture may damage it. The cork flooring is just as strong as the regular one.

Check out more Energy Efficiency tips here from Lets Get Energized.

This post is by Guest Energizer Sofia Lewis for www.londoncarpetcleaning.co who offer eco-friendly cleaning services. She is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about cleaning, green living home solutions, removals and other home related topics.



09
OCT

Guest Energizer says:
Mind the Gap: How the London Underground Will Help Heat Houses


Category: Energy Efficiency, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Renewable Heat Energy
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New and innovative ways of saving energy are constantly being thought up as we attempt to reduce our carbon footprints and live more eco-friendly lifestyles. Solar power and wind power are becoming more prevalent, but some more unusual ways to generate power are making headlines. One of these is the use of waste heat from the London Underground to heat homes.

A New Way to Harvest Heat

The project was announced in 2013 by Islington Council (here), which joined forces with the mayor of London, Transport for London and UK Power Networks. The plan is for heat to be captured from a ventilation shaft on the Northern Line, as well as a substation that is run by UK Power Networks, which will then be used to heat buildings in the area.

The senior advisor to the mayor of London, Matthew Pencharz, said that it was important to do everything possible to support energy that is sourced locally to reduce carbon emissions and bills. It is also hoped that this kind of project will create more jobs in the sector.

The council has applied for £1 million in grant funding from the European Commission, and it will also provide funding itself. It is the first such project in Europe, and it is hoped that it will allow 500 more homes be connected to the heat network in Islington.

A New Focus on Innovative Energy

This scheme is one of the most innovative energy producing schemes announced so far, and it will help many households to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions by using energy that would otherwise be wasted.

But there are many other schemes that are also being introduced that are changing the way we produce and use energy. One of these is the Pavegen system, which is a way of creating energy from paving slabs as people walk over them. This was displayed during the London Olympics, and although it will probably not go mainstream in the near future, it shows what is possible.
Other innovations are on a smaller scale, like the Nest Learning Thermostat. This new smart thermostat, which is now being installed for free by npower.com (here) on its Intelligent Fix tariff, programmes itself, turns itself down when no one is home, adapts to your lifestyle and can be controlled by a smartphone.

Of course, there are other standard things you can do in your home, such as installing insulation, double-glazing windows and solar panels, or simply being more careful about turning devices off when you leave the room.

Look Out for More Innovative Ways to Save Energy

The London Underground project shows the way forward for innovative ways to capture energy and reduce wastage. Over time, we are likely to see an increasing number of such schemes arise as we look for ways to reduce waste. However, don’t forget that you can also do your bit to reduce energy in the home through taking simple steps like installing insulation or making use of new technology like smart thermostats. And by making small steps, we can all collectively help to make a huge difference.

This is a post by Guest Energizer Emily Whittaker who has a great enthusiasm for energy research. With an eye for creative solutions and emerging technology, she loves blogging about the ideas and innovations for a more efficient energy future.



03
OCT

Guest Energizer says:
Making Space for Nature


Category: Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Living
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Making Space for Nature

Lin`s Garden

Lin`s Garden

It’s that time of year again …..  so tempting to get cracking in the garden and tidy everything up.   I thought I would cut the long grass outside our driveway –

Lin`s Garden

Lin`s Garden

Fortunately with shears not strimmer  – as I raked up the ”hay” a tiny Slowworm – golden and quite beautiful – riggled back into the grasses.   I had disturbed its warm bed but not for long thank goodness.

Lin`s Garden

Lin`s Garden

I’ve dead headed the roses and cut back the Cranesbill Geraniums and Comfrey – all have new growth and the roses are blooming – beautifully.    We’ve cut the grass and edged the borders (a little bit) but the rest will take care of itself until Spring.     You have to know when to stop and smell the roses!

Lin`s Garden

Lin`s Garden

Lin Adams



13
JUN

Guest Energizer says:
Samsoe – An Energy Island


Category: Biomass Energy, Combined Heat & Power, Energy Efficiency, Green Electricity, Solar Energy, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Living, Wind Power
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Samsoe – An Energy Island

INTRO: Here is an article by Arthur Blue, a new contributor to our Blog, about an island in Denmark. Arthur is based in Argyll, but the article is highly relevant to Dorset which is also of course rural, with remote areas, and the potential to produce much of its own energy.

So to the article:

An Energy Island

I was in Denmark recently, enjoying herring on rye bread, blethering with old friends, and brushing up my rusty Danish.

Economists of the Anglo-American persuasion are convinced that the Danish economy is far too heavily loaded with taxes and welfare systems to take off and fly, but fly it does and the evidence is in front of your eyes in Copenhagen, where the amount of new investment, both public and private, is impressive, as are the famous open sandwiches.

Yes … a decent one costs about Dkr 100 ( £12.50 ) , but it’s enough for a good meal on its own. But to avoid both cultural and culinary overload we decided to have a long weekend on the island of Samsoe, famous for its early potatoes … in late May these were selling for very high prices in the capital … and for being self-sufficient in electrical power and domestic heating. It’s an island slightly larger than Bute, with around 4,00 permanent inhabitants, with large numbers of visitors during the season, mostly staying in summer houses well hidden amongst the trees.

The background to this is that in the latter half of the last century Samsoe, together with other small islands and remoter areas, was falling behind in development, what with high transport costs, falling population, difficulties for small concerns trying to compete in the larger market, and loss of young people, once they had qualified, to the mainland. It’s all very familiar. Denmark has the usual assistance programmes, but the trends continued. However in 1997 the Ministry of Energy announced a competition …. which local area or island could present the most realistic plan for a transition to 100% self-sufficiency in renewable energy. Small easily-defined communities were chosen since the social effects could thus be more readily monitored. Four islands and a peninsula entered the competition, and Samsoe won, with the objective being to highlight renewable energy and study how high a percentage could be achieved using available technology and ( almost ) without extraordinary grants.

Bearing in mind that most of Samsoe’s electricity comes from wind, the first thing to strike me was that the views are not dominated by turbines, for though you can usually see one or two in the distance if you look really hard, you do have to look for them. There is a large offshore array which exports power to the mainland and which offsets the island’s CO2 emissions from vehicle fuel, this isn’t particularly visible from inland, though the ferry passes close by, and in any case no-one complains about it since it also provides an income for the local energy company. As with other things who owns them affects the way you see them.

Local electrical demand is mostly covered by 11 1-MW ( medium-sized ) turbines across 3 clusters, plus a number of small privately-owned units, and there is an interconnector with Jutland through which power can go both ways, if required.

Demand management … smoothing the peaks …. has been the subject of much thought and consultation, and it’s considered that there is still a great deal to be won in that direction, both on Samsoe and elsewhere. Domestic heating on the island, like many places in Denmark, is based on district heating plants, since its only with industrial-type technology that you can achieve satisfactory combustion when burning waste or biomass. Planners can require the use of district heating for new buildings in urban areas, but in the case of older existing buildings the owners have to be persuaded to convert and there are various grants for this, including special arrangements for pensioners. District heating is not suitable for isolated houses either, and on Samsoe these have their own heating. Around 50% of the isolated year-round houses on the island have now converted to some form of RE, using straw or biomass and solar water panels. On the summer-house front RE is low, though a number have installed air-to-air heat pumps A programme of thorough insulation was of course carried out as an essential first step in all this, for which there was a very good take-up. One old lady in Nordby could only afford to replace her windows one at a time, but she managed it, over about ten years.

There are 5 village-based district heating systems on the island, mostly fuelled by biomass ( waste straw and wood chips ). One of the plants has a substantial input from solar water panels, and since the heat is transmitted by water surplus electrical power can easily go into the systems if necessary. Another plant also takes waste heat from a jam factory, and a proposal to use waste heat from the ferry, which could have supplied about 30% of demand at the port, fell through not because it was technically difficult … it wasn’t … but because the ferry service being tendered out there is no guarantee that a future operator would be interested in co-operating. To get everything going it was decided by NRGi ( the island energy company ) that a very low registration fee of Dkr 80 ( £10 ) would be charged for those who signed up before the plants were built. This model is an exception to normal practice since in Denmark those who wish to join an existing district heating scheme can find themselves paying around Dkr 36.000 ( £ 4,000 ). A consequence of the cheap registration is of course slightly higher heating prices, since the payments also have to cover repayment of the initial investment, however if you’re starting from scratch a high take-up significantly reduces distribution costs. In addition some of the larger farmers make their own tractor fuel from rape, the oilseed cake being a useful cattle feed, and the straw going into their heating plant, these, like most Samsinger, are highly practical people, who wear overalls rather than rainbow-coloured jumpers, and who think that it makes economic as well as environmental sense to go renewable. However plans to go further and use more local oil cake to replace imported fodder, and sell the oil, have faltered on account of the government’s fuel taxation policy And an Energy Academy has been set up on the island, using the expertise acquired with the local project. The Academy is the headquarters of Samsoe’s energy and development organisations, with 11 full-time jobs in energy education and world-wide consultancy, one of their current projects being on Mull.

The above is where Samsoe has got to after about fifteen years, but it wasn’t all easy. Mikael Larsen, who heads the Energy Academy, says that the technology is the easy bit, and the bigger the easier, since all you have to do is sell a feasible scheme to one or other of the big players who then bring everything in ( and take most of the profits out again, though a small local share can still be very useful ) And big schemes are usually very high-tech, and well beyond local capabilities. Thus with the Samsoe offshore array. The local projects, on the other hand, are much more low-tech, can use local firms for more of the work, and have a much better social pay-off. The hardest part of the project is not the design and building, or the financing, but persuading people that it is indeed feasible, and obtaining workable consensus on it. There are always those who for various reasons don’t wish to be involved, or are too old or too crabbed to be bothered. Many of the holiday visitors, though they contribute very usefully to the island economy, aren’t particularly interested in going over to electric cars, and the summer houses, being spread out, don’t lend themselves to district heating. So the political side … though not party-political … was by far the biggest challenge. It always is. An ocean of coffee and a mountain of cake was needed to get the plan rolling, and doubtless a fair quantity of the golden brew which comes in green bottles.

So did anything go wrong during all this ? Yes indeed. The ferry heat project fell through, as did another which proposed to use waste heat from the island slaughterhouse, when the latter closed a few years into the project. A methane project is still on the back burner.

And the three electric cars which were given to the district nurses were an absolute disaster owing to unexpected call-outs, unpredictable driving patterns, and the nurses forgetting to recharge the things after a busy day. But the electric car used by the Energy Academy apparently can get to Copenhagen, over 100 miles away, quite easily given a quick top-up at some intermediate coffee stop. In several years use that vehicle has had only one failure … a broken wire. But you learn from the failures, sometimes more than from the successes. So the project rolls on, with one aim being to fuel the ferry with locally-produced biogas ( a ferry has room for quite a big tank ), and possibly the production of hydrogen for vehicular use, as vehicle fuel is now the largest energy import to the island. Local electric car use could also be greatly expanded. It’s all well worth a closer look. You can have a very good cycling holiday on Samsoe, too, while you’re looking.

( Further information is available on the web, in English, at www.energiakademiet.dk also, since Samsoe is by no means the only island to have gone down the renewable road, at www.europenreislands.net which is one of the EU’s development arms. )



22
MAY

Guest Energizer says:
How to destabilise the Green Energy Market?


Category: Green Deal, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized
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How to destabilise the Green Energy Market?

Sent to us by Sally Cooke. This highly pertinent article might be of interest for Dorset Energized readers.

Written by Dr Philip Webber, a former research physicist and now visiting professor at the University of Leeds working to develop and finance city scale low carbon programmes, his opinion on the government’s recent track record on energy efficiency is :

“If you were trying to deliberately destabilise a market by misinformed intervention it would be hard to beat the last year of home energy efficiency finance.”

The article is available on the Scientists for Global Responsibility Website:

http://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/decc-creates-more-chaos-energy-efficiency-sector



15
MAY

Guest Energizer says:
Birds & Wind Farms


Category: Renewable Energy, Wind Power
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Birds & Wind Farms

Below is a brief article written by an American friend of Dorset Energized – we have published it as it addresses issues and concerns relevant to the UK and of course Dorset.

 

There has been a considerable amount of publicity recently about wind farms killing birds. While it is important that new industries do everything possible to keep their footprints small wind farm impact should be considered in comparison to other human impacts. The paragraph below gives some numbers.

Estimates (of wind farm kills) range as high as 880,000, Hutchins said. The number of deaths related to wind farms might seem insignificant when compared with U.S. Fish and Wildlife estimates of other sources of bird mortality. Collisions with buildings might kill 97 million to 976 million birds annually, and collisions with vehicles 60 million, according to the federal agency. As many as 72 million birds might die of pesticide and other poisoning annually, and cats are fierce predators of songbirds, killing an estimated 39 million birds annually in Wisconsin alone, according to one study.

Here’s an article about a new lawsuit against wind farms.

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/05/14/wind-energy-projects-must-nagivate-rules-protect-birds/9070505/

Habitat destruction is also a major concern for birds was well as other animals. Here’s an article from Cornell U. about the threat to 3 billion birds due to development of North America’s boreal forests.

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/05/threats-seen-3-billion-birds-vast-canadian-forest

The lawsuit in the first article is being filed because the birds named are golden eagles, an iconic species. But other birds are just as deserving of consideration. I see no lawsuits about finding some way to protect birds from flying into buildings or from well fed fat domestic cats allowed to roam free by thoughtless owners, etc. It is important to hold new industries to strong standards but it would also be nice to see this amount of attention being paid to the many ways we kill far more birds.

John W. Olver


2Comments | Post your own comment

  • Erik Blakeley comments:
    "The elephant in the room is the effect of Climate Change. Whilst human activity such as wind turbines, oil spills, cat ownership or the use of pesticides all pose direct threats to birds and wind turbines are minor offenders compared with the above examples and many others we could cite, migratory birds are extremely endangered by Climate Change as they depend on not just the climate of one environment remaining steady but on two or more sometimes thousands of miles apart. Furthermore the timings of their migrations are finely tuned to the climate dependent emergence of seasonal food sources such as caterpillars. If you fly all the way from Africa to Britain to find that the caterpillars you depend on to feed your chicks have all either been eaten by winter residents or have turned into butterflies you’re a bit stuffed. Whilst most of the other direct threats to birds either have no effect on Climate Change or make it worse like the use of oil, wind turbines are part of the solution to Climate Change and so save lots of bird lives. "
    May 23, 2014 a 11:25 am

  • Anna comments:
    "Something that put my mind at rest about this issue is that the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) actually support wind power and have invested in it at their own HQ, and surely no one cares more about birds than they do? Read my post on it here for more info: http://www.dorsetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/04/21/rspb-announces-plans-for-a-wind-turbine-at-its-hq "
    May 15, 2014 a 3:12 pm


01
APR

Guest Energizer says:
Community Energy Vs Fracking


Category: Climate Change, Community Energy, Renewable Energy
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Post by Will Cottrell of Brighton Co-operative Energy Group.

Balcombe hit the headlines again this week: not because of the Sauron-like threat of evil Cuadrilla, but because plucky locals in the village have started their own community energy scheme: REPOWERBalcombe.

Balcombe-sign-website

Indeed, REPOWERBalcombe is one of 15 energy coops launched recently across Sussex. Under the mentoring of Community Energy South, these community groups are now being up-skilled by the team at OVESCO in Lewes, ready for launches in the next 12 months or so.

It’s surely supremely ironic that the threat of fracking in East and West Sussex – where thousands of wells are required to fulfill frack companies’ promises to shareholders – is causing a surge in interest in its alternative. And while the anti-fracking movement grows in strength, community energy also grows as a positive alternative.

Being involved in both camps, it’s interesting to see how anti-fracking is seeding this potential:

Resistance to fracking has boosted community spirit in areas affected. It’s an old maxim that people tend to unite in the face of a threat; in the towns and village where frackers are intent on drilling, anti-fracking groups are some of the largest (and most active) organisations in each place. This provides fertile ground for similarly aligned groups, such as those supporting renewable energy.

Anti-fracking requires an attention to detail that that – for many of us – would simply be too dull to contemplate a few years back. Comprehending the miasma of technical, regulatory, legal, and financial mechanisms involved in the oil and gas industry have all been fundamental to the fight against fracking – and blocking frackers uses much of this type of this industry-specific knowledge. The devil really is in the detail.

These finely – honed skills are transferable onto something more positive. Community energy schemes require learning about organisational structures (usually Coops), working out how to raise money, dealing with lease agreements as well as the technical bits and pieces to do with generation equipment and grid connection. This kind of attention to detail reaps rewards when applied to this new form of renewable energy development.

The new resistance to government-led programme of unconventional fossil fuels has revealed people power as an effective weapon. And grassroots action cuts both ways: it can resist, but it can also grow. A bottom up movement is rising: with models such as OVESCO in Lewes and Brighton Energy Coop, communities around Sussex (and beyond) can see that their their long-held frustrations over the lack of renewable energy might be sorted out via DIY. If you want something doing, you gotta do it yourself.

In Germany, nearly 50% of renewable energy is owned by individuals and community groups. More than 1000 coops help power the nations renewable energy transition. Many fossil fuel power stations have been shut down; renewable energy has simply out-competed them.

For the UK’s oil and gas industry, this is a worrying trend: have their fracking activities kicked over a hornets nest that threatens them with their own extinction?

This article originaly appeared on the Brighton Energy Co-operative Blog on: http://www.brightonenergy.org.uk/

RePower BalCombe

Members of the repower Balcombe team



15
FEB

Guest Energizer says:
Sustainable MotoExpo in Beaulieu 5th & 6th April 2014


Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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moto

Just a quick update from me, but a very cool one!

I’m sure a lot of people have watched the thrilling Rush  last year, and Senna previously. Well, a small part of that excitement is coming to our neighbours in Hampshire this very Spring, in Beaulieu. I strongly advise you to reserve the weekend of the 5th & 6th April 2014 in your diaries and go and see the MotoExpo, which features a wide range of eco-friendly, or at least more eco-friendly, fast machines.

Featured particularly are demonstrations and rides in electrical cars, a 400m circuit race and the latest in electrical and hybrid bikes and cars.

Please see the links below for details and news:

www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events/sustainable-motor-expo

https://twitter.com/Eco_Motorsport

Posted by Guest Energizer Sean McArdell



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