Category Archives: Education

Survey Reveals Consumers Not Switched on to LED Lighting

A recent survey by lighting specialists Lamp Shop Online has revealed that although consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of installing LED lights in the home, take up remains slow.

LEDs have been proven to save consumers cash – the average household energy bill is £1,420 per year and 8% of a typical household’s energy bill is spent on lighting, which means on average lighting the home costs consumers £113.60 each year. By switching to the more energy efficient LED lighting a household’s annual lighting bill could drop to as little as £13.63.

Savings in the business world can also be significant. A small office with only a handful of fluorescent tubes can save around £85.50 a year by switching to LED tubes. The savings for larger office complexes, or buildings with heavy usage can be huge.

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How Can Businesses Use Less Energy?

It’s a common goal nowadays for many home-owners and business owners alike – to become more energy efficient and to positively impact on the environment through our more conscientious behaviour. Being more environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be a chore either – you’d be surprised just how much you can do without even digging into your pockets for investment. Business owners can play a huge part in reducing their energy consumption and by encouraging staff members to join the venture, you can save yourself a great deal of money too.

British Gas for business
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8 out of 10 cats like Renewables, cool!

DECC Report of People’s Attitudes to Green Energy – release from Doug Stewart

According to a study eight out of 10 people* support the UK using renewable energy to generate power. What’s frustrating is that while green energy is high on the public’s agenda the number of consumers and businesses making the switch is still low, says Doug Stewart, CEO of Green Energy UK.

Green Energy UK provides sustainable electricity from a number of sources, and has seen the green energy debate rise from relative obscurity into the mainstream over the last decade. But, despite a clear majority of support from UK consumers, indicating the public are neither unaware nor ill informed, the critics seem to hog the media – and that influences people’s actions. Continue reading

The ‘forbidden fruit’ of medicinal mushrooms

Published by CNN on Thursday 27 September 2012 by Elizabeth Landau

(CNN) — Paul Stamets was shy as a child; he couldn’t look people in the eyes, so he stared at the ground. And that, he says, is where he found mushrooms.

Today, that shyness has faded, but mushrooms are even more of a focal point.

Stamets is one of the most prominent proponents of using mushrooms for medicinal purposes. Besides traveling the world to look for exotic mushrooms, he also lectures about them and runs a mushroom supplement company with his wife called Fungi Perfecti.

When he spoke at TEDMED in October, he even wore a mushroom — his hat is made from birch polypore, which is also thought to have medicinal uses.

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Where the UK’s Electricity Comes From

Report created and compiled by Good Energy

The research method

Because there is currently no published data to help us determine exactly where UK imports it’s fuel from to power its many fossil-fuelled and nuclear electricity generators, we’ve had to use the available data to work it out for ourselves.

So, in lieu of a having a tracking mechanism to tell us where a lump of coal or therm of gas gets used, we have determined where our fuel for our electricity generators comes from by looking at the countries we import our fuels from – and spit these proportions against the coal, gas and nuclear components of the UK’s electricity fuel mix. You can check the data we used in this analysis by clicking on the links in our explanation below – there are a few steps in the process.

  1. Firstly, UK Fuel Mix Disclosure – the electricity grid mix of where UK consumers get their electricity from – was used to form the basis of our calculations. This gives us a clear, annually-updated snapshot of exactly what proportion of coal, nuclear, gas and renewable generators are providing us with electricity.
  2. Fuels that have been imported to not fit one, specific purpose. Natural gas, for example, is used in manufacturing, burned to generate electricity and is distributed around our gas network to heat our homes and cook our food. So we have looked at the countries we import all fuel from – and split these proportionally against the coal, gas and nuclear components of the UK’s electricity fuel mix.

Where the UK’s electricity comes from

Source: Green Energy, Renewable Energy Company

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Turn-Off The Lights In The Office Buildings!

During night and especially at the twilight buildings compose nicely with other elements of the photographic scene. Sometimes it looks stunning, however. There is a small issue with that and forgetting for a while the nice views, think about the energy draw this fully lighted scenery causes.

Looks Great but What a wasteWhy big offices and banks keep lights on 24 hours a day all year long?
Is it the way how they show their consideration and care for the environment? Is it how they take about saving energy and money? I doubt about that because it costs billions. Is that energy suppliers have something to do with that and banks with big corporation help them make bit bucks? Who really benefits from this type of behaviour?

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Lancashire Eco School children get hands on with natural and thermally efficient building materials

Published by Construction News Portal on Thursday 08 September 2011
St John’s Southworth RC in Nelson, East Lancashire, is an Eco School. The designer, Emma Palmer from Campbell Driver Partnership, has specified building materials which come from natural sources and is keen for the children to have an understanding of the construction process from beginning to end.

Children from St John’s Southworth RC Primary School have been learning about the natural and thermally efficient building materials which are being used to build their new classrooms. Youngsters from the Lomeshaye Road school swapped the classroom for the construction site to see for themselves how their new extension is coming along.

Porotherm BlockAfter having cut the sod, taken part in a health and safety briefing and designed their own safety posters for Accrington-based contractor Rosslee Construction, the children are now being introduced to the two main building components – Wienerberger’s Porotherm thermal clay blocks and Second Nature’s natural insulations, sheep’s wool Thermafleece and Edenbloc recycled carpets.

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