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Into The Home Straight…

Into The Home Straight…

So here it is then, the final week of the Great Energy Race! You will either be thinking “wow, where has the time gone, it has flown by with all these exciting and thought provoking energy related posts” OR “thank goodness it is nearly over, and all the incredibly dull energy posts will now cease”. … Continue reading

A Low Energy Mother’s Day

A Low Energy Mother’s Day

That’s not just me being low in energy, and needing more sleep. That’s my special Mother’s Day meal, lovingly prepared by the lovely hubby, *helped* by the Smalls, in a super energy efficient manner, for the Great Energy Race! Wishing you all a very Happy Mother’s Day, and my thoughts are with those whose wonderful … Continue reading

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

At 8.30pm this evening, we will be turning out the lights, and hunkering down, for Earth Hour. To quote Wikipedia: “Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour … Continue reading

Line ’em Up…

Line ’em Up…

We spend lots of money heating our homes, and at some point or other, it all ends up leaking out. This info graphic show just where it leaks from: And it shows us that 25% of the heat escapes from windows and doors. Double glazing is obviously the most common way to reduce the heat … Continue reading

Excuse me, there’s a draft…

Excuse me, there’s a draft…

Drafts. We all hate them. And they are a huge culprit in allowing the hard earned heat we pump into our homes, to leak out. So how do you stop them? Draft excluders-the clue is in the name. Apparently the humble draft excluder can save you 15% of your total heating bill-if that is true, … Continue reading

Chop Chop!

Chop Chop!

When reviewing the gadgets and gizmos that were around to try and reduce our energy use in heating our homes, I briefly mentioned the Chop Cloc. And here is lovely hubby, with his second guest post of the Great Energy Race (the first one is here), all about Chopping! If you have ever seen Family … Continue reading

Gadgets and Gizmos for Staying Warm

Gadgets and Gizmos for Staying Warm

As well as the more conventional jumpers and blankets, there are, somewhat inevitably, gadgets that you can use to make your heating more efficient. And save you some cash. Here goes: Radiator booster things-you can get all kinds of things to go on top of your radiators that help to spread the heat from the … Continue reading

Staying Warm

Staying Warm

Slightly ironically, now it is officially Spring and thoughts are turning to the hopefully warmer and drier weather ahead, for week three of the Great Energy Race, I’m focussing on Heating and Staying Warm. 37% of the UK’s entire energy expenditure goes on heating, and about the same percentage of each of our domestic energy bills are due to … Continue reading

Science Hour…

Science Hour…

Since starting the Great Energy Race, I feel a little like I have asked more questions than I have answered. Having already amazed you all with my slow cooker maths, I thought I would dazzle you all with science, and test a theory…. I am going to take you all back to your secondary school science … Continue reading

Wonderbag Update

Wonderbag Update

I blogged last week about the amazing, energy saving wondrous, Wonderbag. I considered attempting to make my very own homemade wonderbox, but then decided that actually, I think the Wonderbag pretty effectively meets my post Make Do and Mend Year “If I do buy new, make sure it’s ethical” rules. The polystyrene chips that they … Continue reading