Environment at home

Environment at home


Environment at home


It is important how we use the environment around us. In the past it has sometimes been more about abuse that use. We are now more aware of the environment around us, in several different ways. 

  • the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates
  • the natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.

In this section, I look at not the wider environment around us nor climate change, but our home. Of course the wider environment impacts the local environment of our home, and the things we do within it, hopefully in an Environmentally Conscious manner. In and eco friendly and sustainable way.

Draft proofing and partial internal insulation


Draft proofing and partial internal insulation

The next project was to do with the bathroom. It was cold and draughty. Some of the tiles above the bath had popped and allowed water from the shower to flow where it was not wanted. A temporary repair had been done, but it was not ideal. Also, David is tall, and the roof is sloping. Time for a change. Reduce the drafts, insulate, and move the bath shower into the room to increase the height.

Iceberg on Icelake in Iceland
Iceberg on Icelake in Iceland

My report on reducing the carbon footprint of a 1930's home



My report on reducing the carbon footprint of a 1930's home


This report will set out to discuss the opportunities and challenges regarding the attempted reduction of the carbon footprint of my 1930's built home.

The proposed structure is;

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. The Problem
  4. Impact Overview
  5. Options
  6. Actions
  7. Conclusions

 It will be an ongoing report with a life of its own, and will probably take a number of years to write.


This is only my opinion. It does not constitute a recommendation for any course of action or company. This report is, in part, a collection of articles some of which have been written over a decade ago. Such articles may each have their own footer, including a map and globe. Both articles and the report are not intended to be kept up to date. Prices, charges, cost, and values change over time, as do efficiencies and inefficiencies. Technology also changes over time. What was the bees knees may not still be so.


Control the heating

Control the heating to reduce bills and carbon


When we moved into this house, the central heating and domestic hot water were controlled by a traditional programmer. A great improvement to either leaving the whole system on all the time, just controlled by thermostats, or a manual switch, akin to lighting a fire in the hearth when you get home. There is an uncomfortable period of being cold before the room or house warms up. 

The programmer had settings for Weekdays, and Weekends. An acl Lifestyle (Drayton) Model LP522.  We swapped that out for a similar one, but with the additional function of being able to set each day separately. It was a very easy task as the industry had adopted a standard docking for such things many years before. It was just a case of switching off the power supply, unscrew the retaining screws, clip out from the dock and then clip in the new one, and reverse the procedure. Then set the times you want the heating to come one and the time for the hot water, for each day, and sit back and enjoy being comfortable.

PV solar panels and battery


PV solar panels and battery


The story does not start here though.

Green my home



Green my home ... Some more!


The PV solar panels on the roof together with the Tesla battery are working well. The Central Heating Controls are also performing well, and doing their bit to reduce energy consumption.

Picking up on recycling's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or 3Rs. Which has developed into Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle and then 5rs (Reuse, Reduce , Reuse , Recycle , Repair and Recover)

Reduce, Renewals, Recover.

The next stage is to look at home heating, and the first part of that is how to reduce the amount of heat we need. Insulation and draft proofing.

The second part is to replace the ancient central heating boiler.


Water Harvesting


How to improve the home heating, domestic hot water, draft proofing and insulation in a stainable way to reduce our impact on the environment.



The use of renewable energy at home to cut cost, reduce CO2 output, and to save the planet, one step at a time.


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