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Posts in category Environmental

Installing Solar PV

The Solar Panels On the Roof

Late last year, we installed 8 Solar PV panels on our house totaling 2.2kW of generation capacity. Since then, we have happily watched our house drop off the grid when the sun comes up – the entire house powered by Solar PV. At the same time, we also installed an iBoost hot water diversion unit […]

Good Progress on the Path to Zero Ene...

Good Progress on the Path to Zero Energy Costs

It’s been 18 months since this project started and it’s a pretty good time to check in on progress so far. The aim is to get to zero energy costs, so if they’re measurably less than they were, then that’s progress. If you remember from the first post, the first step to reducing something is […]

Installing Double Glazed Windows

The new (Black) and old (brown) front door. The difference in terms of weatherproofing is phenomenal. The wind used to literally blow through the old front door. The new one is fully sealed, both to the cold, and to noise from the outside. Also, it looks much better.

When we moved into our house, it had single glazed windows, no attic insulation, and a host of leaks. The wind basically blew straight through it, and it took the heat with it. After installing attic insulation, and adding new rubber seals around the windows and some doors, we decided one of the next moves […]

Save Money and the World at the Same ...

These are the savings in CO2, resulting in some of the steps towards energy freedom that I have so far taken. The yellow line is the CO2 saving per euro it cost to put in place the measure. LED Lights are the clear winner so far.

Certain things, it turns out, are bad for your wallet, your lungs and your future. However, whether you care about your wealth, or the environment (or hopefully both!), then it makes clear sense to stop spending money on incredibly inefficient energy systems in your life. And so whatever your motivation, taking The Journey to Energy […]

Solar PV, the Economics

Solar PV, the Economics

There is no doubt that Solar PV has taken off in a big way in certain parts of the world. It seems, in fact, that it’s on an unstoppable trajectory. It hit “grid parity” in sunnier places in the last few years (e.g. it can generate power cheaper than other power plants on the grid). […]