Make your life efficient, your wallet heavy, and your conscience light.

Installing a Wood Burning Stove

Installing a Wood Burning Stove

Installing a Wood Burning Stove is step 5 along the path to complete energy freedom, and I am happy to say it is now complete! There is nothing like the smell of a wood fire. It takes me back to camping trips in Ireland, and across the US in summers gone by, and hopefully summers […]

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 […]

Transport Costs and Energy Consumptio...

Transport Costs and Energy Consumption

Transport is one of our largest energy expenditures and as a result, is one of the greatest sources of financial cost. In fact, a lot of people spend a good proportion of what they earn at work just to get there. As such, if we can make the transport we use more efficient, we can […]

Cut Dishwasher Costs with a Bobble

Cut Dishwasher Costs with a Bobble

This is a simple step with quite astounding results. In 2011, after yet another spilled glass of water on a bedside table at night, my entire family bought a Bobble bottle each. They are a reusable water bottle with a charcoal filter at the top. Why am I talking about them? Because not only did […]

Installing Insulation!

Installing Insulation!

Step 1 in the Journey to Energy Freedom was buying an energy meter. Step 2 was replacing all light bulbs with LEDs Step 3 was installing radiator heat reflectors Step 4 <– We’re now at step 4. I’ve installed attic insulation, and the figures are in: Step 4 Summary: Capital Cost: €598 Payback: 2.93 years […]

Heating a Building

Heating a Building

The energy consumption (e.g. cost) when Heating a Building (or cooling one) is pretty simple to calculate. It’s defined by the Average temperature difference with the outside multiplied the leakiness of the building. If the energy source isn’t renewable, then that’s decided by the efficiency of the heating source. I live in a cooler country, so […]

Reduce Heating Costs with Radiator Re...

Reduce Heating Costs with Radiator Reflectors

Thus far, we have installed an energy monitor to track our electricity costs, and what is consuming the power. This will have delivered some results just by seeing the consumption on the monitor. Next, we replaced all light bulbs with LED bulbs, spending €22 and saving €27.01 per year. The next step addresses another form […]

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). […]

No Money Down! Seven Free Steps to Cu...

No Money Down! Seven Free Steps to Cut Energy Costs

“I want to stop spending on energy but I can’t afford insulation, double glazed windows, or an electric car. Where do I start?” “I want to do something easy about the environmental problems we’re pilling onto our children” Where can I get the money to start? We talk about making capital investments to save money […]

LED Lights – Better and Cheaper...

LED Lights – Better and Cheaper!

It’s time to step into the light! We all use lights quite a lot. They are almost miraculous in how they enhance the quality of our lives and our ability to be productive, particularly in winter. All light bulbs generate convert electricity to light. The way that this conversion is done however, has a massive […]