Category Archives: Yorkshire & North East

Energy efficiency lessons from the humble tea cosy!

 Whether you are a domestic or commercial energy user, the fundamental message in saving energy and using energy efficiently is always the same, make your current energy use as efficient as possible before you do wholesale changes to energy generators. … Continue reading

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Getting the best out of your thermostatic radiator valves

Using energy wisely without compromising comfort is a challenge to everyone, but becomes even more difficult when controls on energy use such as setting thermostatic valves on radiators can be overridden by the well meaning visitor negating the good work … Continue reading

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Would you shower less to save the planet?

If you changed your shower head, you may not have to! We are always being advised to have a shower rather than a bath to save water and energy. However, showers, particularly older power showers, can use lots of water … Continue reading

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National Trust Cragside hydro. First in the World. Back to the future and some Welsh hidden hydros!

Today and I was up in the  North East visiting a National Property I have wanted to see for years. William George Amstrong’s Cragside. If you’re into Victorian engineering or to be more accurate hydro electricity then this is the … Continue reading

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The Highs and Lows of Retro Fit Energy Saving Lighting

It started with a crash course with Lighting Services, looking at colour rendering, (the ability of a light source to reproduce and enhance the colours faithfully in comparison with natural light source), the importance of the correct beam angles, the … Continue reading

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Widdop Gate Cottage Hardcastle Crags – ASHP

I was recently invited back to  Widdop Gate Cottage to look at the refurbishment from a former Scouts Hostel into a residential dwelling.  It was just over a year ago when I was asked to put forward suggestions for a … Continue reading

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Lindisfarne Castle: How a plastic owl contributes towards better solar power generation!

I had my first opportunity to go back to Lindisfarne Castle since the PV panels were installed in February 2012. It was good to hear that even though the panels have only been working for 10 months, they have already … Continue reading

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