Terrifying Weather Calls For Home Energy Harnessing

Gosh how strange this year’s weather is turning out to be.  No sooner had we had the hottest fortnight on record in July, we then went back to the wettest summer and the coldest August etc.  Whilst we’re whinging about chilly nights, or hot humid ones, the poor folk in Houston are mopping up from the worst rainfalls ever recorded and Hurrican Harry has moved on elsewhere to be replaced out in the caribbean by Isla.

It is unbelievable – when I was growing up. one of these events in a child’s lifetime was rare and so unsual that it made the news for weeks and weeks.  Keeping our own little powerhouse in tact and efficient is absolutely essential these days.   Home solar and wind energy systems are really going to come into their own.  Time to investigate this very seriously.  We must do everything we can to mitigate our own losses for future crises!

Wimbledon Heat Wave Turns Into Torrential Summer Storms

Just currently we’re suffering dreadful weather – the middle of the school summer holidays, and after a blisteringly hot June and July, we have the wettest and windiest August on record.  Yet a few short weeks ago we saw tennis players suffering terribly from heat exposure and having to be given extra cloakroom time.  The tv coverage helpfully showed notices put up for all the crowds to drink plenty of water/fluid, to slap on high factor sun protection, to cover up skin, and to wear hats at all times.  It seems inconceivable now that this was happening only 2 months ago.  In South West London!

Global warming is most certainly a reality and we have to get into the swing of accepting it and doing our bit to help control our little bit.  Thankfully there are agencies about who we can engage to help with our solar and wind energy needs in advance of the others!

Energy Efficiency To Save The World & The Grandchildren

Keeping the planet safe.  Not using anymore of the world’s resources than we really need to.  These are the sort of watchwords and mantras my grandchildren are having their little heads filled with at school daily.   I didn’t realise just how many classes are geared up towards outdoor activities so the children can appreciate how everything they do influences something else along the natural history chain.

I do not really have a chance to see what the children are doing in the various age groups, but my grandson is 13 now and takes everything to do with nature and wildlife very seriously.  His father has built a large extension on to their double fronted Edwardian detached house.  He has added the most up to date energy efficient windows to each room and downstairs are some beautiful triple glazed bifold doors to allow as much light into the newly extended kitchen area.

Investigating DIY Solar & Wind Energy Installations

There are any sites on the internet dedicated to home solar and / or wind power.  Now as we all know, great care must be taken with all forms of power and that’s truer than ever for anything installed in a domestic situation.  there are some really good guides on the internet, but without visiting a property where a system has been installed and being able to talk to that installer, there could be all kinds of questions to be looked into as the project goes on.

if a system is to be considered safe and worthy of consideration, the designer and installer, if not the same person, must be available to describe the systm in full, how it works and how to get the best out of it when operating.  Also, what would they have done better or differently on their existing system.   What are the optimum operating parameters.  This information should be readily and happily provided to you before you comit.

Heating Water By Solar Energy – Not So Revolutionary

The sight of the early spring sun does make us all pretty joyous about the imminent arrival of summer – lots of gorgeous hot days, no need to use the gas or electric heating for several weeks now until autumn.  We can relax outside to get the benefit of the rays.  Even been known to put washing outside on really good days!  The money that is saved in not switching on heaters, druying units, tumble dryers etc., unbelievable.

This reminds me of a couple of trips to Cyprus to stay with pals.  Their villa is in a tiny village well off the beaten track.  It’s not the easiest place to get to and until only a few years ago, electricity was pretty patchy in supply.  However, my chums were able to rig up solar panels to heat their hot water supply – all rudimentary but all the village houses had means of heating their water and had been doing so for years.

Learning To Utilise Sun And Mother Nature

Recently I had the joy of some of my brood of grand children visiting.  They live quite some way away so these get togethers are not as frequent as we would all like.  What was also very good was their mum being able to stay along with them for a change instea of having to work that week.

One of the best days was spent at a local college, they had a holiday club aimed at teaching their young charges how to manage their use of electricity and utilities.  There were hands on exhibits set up with working models of everything usually found in the modern family house.  We were amazed at how much could be saved if we only thought ahead.  We had the chance to do laundry the old fashioned way with tub and washing dolly and mangles and much experimenting was enjoyed whilst we learned the most efficient ways to achieve the same ends!

Sunny Drying Instead Of Tumble Drying

There must be hundreds of times in a day when a person thinks to themselves, “I must use less power, this house is costing me a fortune”.  Then we go about looking for the little things to turn off and save a few pence here and there.  That light that burns in the day time that doesn’t really need to be on.  The washing machine on for only half a load because someone wants something in it sooner.  The tumble drier that is used for nearly all the wash loads, instead of  using the fresh air outside.  This reminds me of staying with relatives in Texas, I asked why the family did not put their washing out in all that glorious natural sunshine.  The looks on the faces of the ladies I sat with could have killed!  It is considerd highly unsociable to hang any washing outside there.  What a pity, in a country that already uses up so much of our precious resource!

 

Different Ways To Use Less Electricity In The Home

 

  • Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning or AC – probably  a good tip for the UK where it’s rarely warm enough to need AC, but if you do have it, AC uses a huge amount more electricity than simple fans!
  • Replace leaky windows – Make sure you have at least double glazed windows (you can even get triple glazed now!) to save heat in winter and keep cooler in summer
  • Insulate walls and attics – cavity wall insulation is a great idea for all homes, and the thickest attic insulation will prevent your home from losing heat
  • Check the energy rating of your appliances – all appliances for the home are rated in stars now, so check your appliances are A* rated for the best efficiency!  Important for those you use regularly like cookers, dishwashers and washing machines.

 

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