Eco homes need more sustainable heat and power. How decentralised heating systems and combined heat and power (CHP) systems could be the power stations for eco home of the future.

oliver General, Technology/ Energy Saving

I have been asked to give a talk at the launch of a scheme delivering renewable heat and power to homes from a single local power plant, and not a coal-fired power station. So, what’s the benefit and is it really relevant for supplying the heat and power to today’s homes?   The talk is  for Origin Renewable Energy (Origin), …

Sustainable communities and The Big Switch

oliver Environmental events, Technology/ Energy Saving, The Green Deal

This year, a quarter of all households in England and Wales have fallen into fuel poverty thanks to a high increase in energy bills this autumn. According to a report by Consumer Focus, there are just under 7m households in Britain living in fuel poverty, the highest figure on record. Apparently, four out of 10 people are worried they will not be …

Eco Washing Machines: Cleaner Clothes, Brighter Future

oliver Fabrics, General, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

A study released by Cambridge University, titled ‘Well Dressed?‘, demonstrates that a shocking 60% of the greenhouse gases generated over the life of a T-shirt come from washing and drying machines. All of the energy and carbon emissions used to grow, manufacture, ship and sell clothes doesn’t even come close to the energy and emissions needed to clean them.   …

Nanotechnology – tiny solutions to big problems facing eco homes?

oliver General, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

Most people have heard of nanotechnology but cant quite picture the benefits. That’s hardly surprising when you consider that nanotechnology refers to actions below a scale of 110 nm (where one nm is one-billionth of a metre). And to put that into perspective, a hazelnut is roughly one-billionth the size of Earth.   That’s pretty tiny but we are just …