Climate change is upon us

Climate change is upon us. From droughts in the USA, to unprecedented rainfall in the UK, and from record ice melt in Greenland to unseasonable severe storms, events in the real world are starting to look like a rather good fit with what scientists' climate change models said we should expect. While the campaign to reduce climate-changing pollution in Wales continues, the question of what to do about unavoidable impacts requires answers. 

By planning well we can improve life, cut carbon and at the same time be in better shape to deal with droughts, heatwaves and floods. By improving our homes we can improve the enviroment and safeguard our children’s futures. We hopefully can shed light and inspire with tips for smarter living, covering everything from eco household appliances to organic gardening, healthy food choices to responsible travel, as well as bringing views on some of the most important environmental questions of our times

We can investigate the future of solar power and meet a family who build their own energy-efficient home and reward companies that are working towards a greener Britain. We're proud to be supporting the People and Environment Achievement (PEA) Business Awards.

AWARDS

Lloyds TSB Commercial People and Environment Achievement Business Awards

The Lloyds TSB Commercial People and Environment Achievement Business Awards celebrate how sustainability initiatives can be good for business as well as the planet. They highlight excellence and innovation as demonstrated by an individual or team (within an organisation of any shape or size, public or private) whose contribution to the ‘greening’ of the UK businesses has been genuinely effective.

The Awards recognise exceptional leadership and vision as well as best practice and key strategies that inspire others. They highlight the people who are creating Britain’s greenest businesses, who understand and respect the planet’s precious resources and are prepared to make changes today to improve future well-being a  2015 winners for the inaugural PEA Business Awards can be seen on www.peaawards.co.uk.

Other companies of note

  • Kenwood Plc Excellent damp proofing company improving residential housing conditions for UK homes
  • Green Mountain Coffee Green Mountain Coffee believe in using the power of business to make the world a better place
  • Preserve Preserve makes stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products for the home. The company believes that choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t mean having to sacrifice quality, price, or performance.
  • Remarkable Remarkable is an innovative UK eco-manufacturing company.
  • Energeno Energeno designs products & services that empower individuals to better manage their energy use. The company creates beautifully designed products to help people understand and control their personal impact on the environment.
  • Elvis & Kresse Elvis & Kresse creates stunning life-style accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless wastes.
  • Green Energy Solutions for UK businesses

What They Say about new energy...

  • DECC Confirm Contingency Plan
  • New energy efficiency rating for homes highlights need for proper valuations of houses
  • Do you wish to harness an income from your land with solar panels?
    A call for commitment from the Government re: EU renewables target
    Government needs to do more to remind the public it has not killed the FIT
    The need for real data to prove renewable technology’s worth
    Feed-in-tariff is not dead!
    Pros & Cons of The Green Deal.
    The Green Deal is coming, but what does it mean?
    Time is running out for 50kwp solar systems at the top rate of feed in tariff

 




Events 2015

'Social enterprise and the environment' event June 25, 2024

Save Up To 80% On Your Household Bills


FREE Training - how will climate change affect your community? June 25, 2024
Greener Living Fund launch - first pictures June 25, 2024

Wood Energy
Greener Living Programme launched June 23, 2024
The third sector gave us the welfare state, can it give us the sustainable state? June 22, 2024
UK Climate Projections launched (significant!) June 18, 2024
Funding Central launched June 17, 2024
Third Sector Climate Change Declaration June 15, 2024
Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises June 7, 2024
The sun is inexhaustible. It will never run out meaning free energy for you forever Film June 5, 2024.

Comparing UK Solar Panel Installers could
Save Up To 65%

Compare UK Solar Panel Installers And Save Up To 65% Save Money Cut your electricity bill by 70%. Earn Money Earn over £800 per year with the feed in tariff. Accredited Companies We only deal with certified installers. Quick and Easy It might be worth talking to a number of different companies. One we have found helpful and consistently delivering high results in the commercial industry is Enviko, but please be your own judge.

 

UK Solar PV Benefits & Savings

Solar PV Cost/Savings example

This example is based on a 50kwp system with 30 degree pitch in Swindon with no grid upgrades and straight forward access. (2010)

System size: 50 kW
System cost: £75,000 +VAT
Income from FiT: £225,822 (assuming 3% RPI increase on 15.2p/kWh tariff)
Energy Savings: £106,142 (assuming unit cost = 11p/kWh)
Export Tariff Income: £15,469 (assuming inflation of 5%)
Total Profit (exc. install cost): £272,433

Benefits of Solar PV systems

    • Lower electricity bills
    • Cut carbon emissions
    • Benefit from Feed-in-tariff for 25 years
    • Cut carbon emissions
    • Improve efficiency of building
    • Sell electricity back to the grid to earn the Export tariff

    Solar PV for Farmers

    Solar can help farmers reduce energy costs and generate income at the same time. A solar PV installation can substantially reduce energy costs, especially for farms running power-hungry equipment during daylight hours. Through the feed-in-tariff you can expect a return on investment of around 8% for a 25 year period, plus the savings on your electricity costs.

    As a Solar PV specialist and accredited installer since 2004, we can help expedite planning applications and complete fit outs on permitted developments quickly and efficiently.

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Impact of Participating

The difficulty of engaging with people has meant that Bryony isn’t sure how accurately they’re sticking to their pledges. “I’m hoping that the new scheme where you can make your own pledges will improve things” she says. “It’s a good move for this audience where people are probably already doing some of the standard pledges”. Pic

Wood Burning Energy?

Converting wood into energy

The renewable energy industry in Wales is providing the potential for new Wood Energy Businesses to be established by entrepreneurial individuals or co-operatives. www.woodenergybusiness.co.uk A Wood Energy Business will need: 1. A guaranteed, local supply of wood or processed wood fuel 2.

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Solar Power

The UK embraces Solar Power

The Government has set targets for the number of UK households that will have installed solar panels to their home. Contrary to popular believe the UK has over 65% of the radiation that Spain receives which is more than enough to guarantee a the function of a Solar PV system. With the Government's feed-in tariff in place that allows an income to be produced from installing solar energy the number of homes that rely soley on solar power is set to rise.Pic