Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

Travel by train

A few years ago Neil asked me to guest write a blog post about my wife and I’s decision to travel by train on holiday to Belgium after reading “No Oil in the Lamp” (original post here: http://www.theoillamp.co.uk/?p=4007). So when … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blogs, Intentional living, Lifestyle, Practical low carbon living, Slow living, Transport, travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Food waste feast

Food waste feast is a TEARFUND event that I attended at our church last Friday evening.  Over 30% of global food production is wasted.  Where this proportion of food is wasted depends on where it is produced.  In the developing world … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Peak oil, Practical low carbon living, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

One thing we have learnt this week- Happy birthday bicycle

Happy birthday bicycle.  Cycling is 200 years old this week and some celebration is taking place.  One Karl Drais invented the forerunner of the bicycle due to a rise in horse feed.  You sat on it and pushed it along … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, One thing we have learnt this week, Practical low carbon living, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

One thing we have learnt this week – solar social model

This week I learnt of a solar social model for PV.  One of the problems with PV has been its perceived cost.  The installed cost and hence generation costs have fallen drastically over the last 5 years or so until … Continue reading

Posted in energy costs, One thing we have learnt this week, Practical low carbon living, Renewables, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sunny Scotland

May led to a sunny Scotland according to the WWF.  So much so that they reckon that Renewable energy records were broken here (with the help of windpower).  WWF think that those with PV systems in all the major Scottish … Continue reading

Posted in Practical low carbon living, Renewables, solar | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

let there be light

Let there be light is not only God’s command in Genesis 1v3 but also a TEARFUND campaign to get the UK government to fund small scale renewables and batteries in the developing world.  Its worth reminding ourselves as we read … Continue reading

Posted in air pollution, Community energy, Practical low carbon living, Renewables, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

One thing we have learnt this week – Henderson Island

Henderson Island we have learnt this week is not only one of the most remote places on earth but possibly one of the most polluted.  Henderson Island is an uninhabited overseas British territory which is part of the Pitcairn group … Continue reading

Posted in Lifestyle, materials, One thing we have learnt this week, other, plastic waste, Practical low carbon living | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Britain’s lost cycle network

Britain’s lost cycle network.  One thing I have always been impressed with was the cycle network in Germany.  This was much better than that in Holland.  Part of the reason for this is the need for drainage ditches which limits … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, Guest Blogs, Practical low carbon living, Transition, Transport | Leave a comment

One thing we have learnt this week – energy storage solutions

Nissan has this week announced that it has partnered with an American company to manufacture and market energy storage solutions.  These are lithium ion batteries made at its UK plant.  It will also use if the customer wants it second … Continue reading

Posted in energy costs, Energy storage, One thing we have learnt this week, Practical low carbon living, Renewables, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

One thing we have learnt this week – cycling is good for you

The idea that cycling is good for you is up there with the status of the pope and what bears get up to in woods, but its nice to have proof.  The UK Biobank has done a huge study looking … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, Practical low carbon living, Uncategorized | Leave a comment