Energy saving articles

Oct
16
2018
Martin Cross

LED lighting: is it the way forward for offices?

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With halogen bulbs being phased out across Europe, the future is looking bright for LED lighting. We learn from Martin Cross at INUI about the benefits it has to offer, particularly for office workers. Read more …

Jun
5
2018
Rowland Keable

A south-facing, rammed earth, straw-bale-insulated house doesn’t need heating; why aren’t all new houses built this way?

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Rowland ran rammed earth building courses with us for years. He said then that a C-shaped, rammed earth house with straw-bales for external insulation, and as much glass on the south side and as little glass on the north side as possible, wouldn’t need any heating. We wanted to catch up with him to learn more about this, and why we’re not doing more of it. Read more …

Feb
22
2018
Sophie Paterson

The Human Power Plant experiment: how many hours of power generation a day?

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In this latest update on the Human Power Plant experiment, we learn just what a daily power generation schedule might involve when it comes to 750 students of Utrecht University literally producing their very own electricity. Read more …

Jan
12
2018
Steve Hanson

How to get 500 hot showers from your compost heap!

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I guess most people wonder what showers and compost have to do with each other, being showered with compost is probably not anyone’s idea of being cleaned. However there is a perfectly valid connection and it’s one we have been exploiting now for four years and to good effect. Read more …

Dec
23
2017
Sophie Paterson

Feeding the Human Power Plant: can calories be carbon-neutral?

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We take a look at the food it may take to fuel the great Human Power Plant, an experiment in the making where students of Utrecht University in the Netherlands will power their very own carbon-neutral accommodation block. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Jul
18
2017
Dave Darby

What’s the most environmentally-damaging thing that a human can do?

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This question is really important for us at Lowimpact.org, because we’re all about providing information and other resources on ways that people can live in a less environmentally-damaging way. So I was very interested to see that researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently put the hours in Read more …

Jul
15
2017
Richard Vale

SuperHomes: free open-house events for you to have a look at homes with renewable and energy-saving technologies

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This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award winning national network of over 200 homes which have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60%. There’s a record 100 free Open House events occurring across all parts of UK Read more …

Nov
7
2016
Sigi Koko

Sigi Koko on the basics of passive solar design

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Passive solar design takes advantage of solar orientation and other climate conditions to minimize (and in some conditions, eliminate) heating and cooling requirements for a building. Read more …

Oct
2
2016
Tony Wrench

Having a £3k eco-home is more about attitude than building codes or regulations: interview with Tony Wrench

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This is an interview with Tony Wrench of ‘That Roundhouse’ fame. He built a super-eco roundhouse in Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago, and is still living in it, after having many battles with planners and regulatory bodies. Read more …

Aug
6
2016
Gordon Glass

Visit properties refurbished for energy efficiency around the country in September

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SuperHome Open Days this September promise to be extra exciting with at least six recently refurbished homes opening to the public for the first time. Around 50 pioneering households are preparing to open their doors across the UK. Read more …

Feb
17
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Strange but true: energy efficiency actually increases overall energy use

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In the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, which is based on the Stephen Potter “Gamesmanship” books, there is a scene where Ian Carmichael (formerly one of life’s failures) is playing tennis with Terry Thomas. Carmichael has just finished a course in lifemanship Read more …

Dec
6
2015
Gordon Glass

Retrofitting existing houses for energy efficiency: learn how at ‘open house’ events around the country

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The UK’s Federation of Open Home Networks believes the homes of the future will necessarily be dramatically improved older homes. Our homes accounted for 22% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2014. Read more …

Jun
24
2015
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 1: introduction – how possible is it to live in a sustainable, non-corporate way in a city?

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I lived at Redfield Community for 13 years – it’s where Lowimpact.org was born – but now I live in London, and so I’m assessing my options for living as low-impact a life as I can. Read more …

Mar
31
2015
Elisabeth Winkler

How new straw-bale homes could help solve the housing crisis

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In an ordinary street in Bristol, UK, something extraordinary is happening.

All of the seven houses are made with straw. Read more …

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