Tagged with Great Energy Race

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

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

Big Brother is Watching…

Big Brother is Watching…

..or rather monitoring. Or if he isn’t, then he jolly well should be. Apparently, the thing for trying to reduce your electricity consumption (Great Energy Race or not) is to have a Home Energy Monitor. It does what it says, and Monitors your Home Energy usage. Actually, that’s not quite true-it monitors your home electricity … Continue reading

You Watt…?

You Watt…?

Today, we take a look at lighting, and are all very lucky… A guest post! From my lovely hubby 🙂 Hello all! I thought it was time I contributed to the blog-a-thon that is the Great Energy Race 2014. Being the boy in this team it falls to me to look at gadgety gizmoey technology to … Continue reading

Electricity Saving Gadgets and Gizmos

Electricity Saving Gadgets and Gizmos

Our Electric (I hope you are all appreciating the ingenious double meaning use of Electric this week, electric as in electricity, and electric as in cool, and exciting and fully charged with awesome-ness…) week for the Great Energy Race continues. Yesterday, if you missed it, there was a long (some might say fairly dry and dull…) … Continue reading

Electricity Saving Hints and Tips

Electricity Saving Hints and Tips

I thought I would kick-start our ‘Electric’ week with some basic hints and tips and ideas for using less electricity, many of which I am sure you all know, but there might be the odd gem in there! And again, I really would love this to be an inter-active process, and you guys to share your … Continue reading

Current Affairs

Current Affairs

Do you see what I did there with the ingenious pun in the post title? This week, for the B&Q Great Energy Race, it’s all about Electricity! Before we start, I need to make it clear that I am not an environmental scientist, I struggled with GCSE physics, and a lot of this makes my head … Continue reading