Great idea – home made paper plant pots!

I came across this video today and thought it was a great idea to be green, save money and recycle unwanted paper – make your own plant pots!

VPhase works with solar PV

A shameless plug here, but VPhase have released information about how their voltage optimisation device can reduce the payback periods and improve the return on investment when you compare against solar PV installations on their own.

More info’s available HERE

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An interesting look at the future

Hear are four scenarios exploring how we will live and travel in the cities of 2040.

Published by Forum for the Future, it’s an interesting and well put together take on how we might all live in 2040.

Megacities on the move – Renew-abad

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Dick Strawbridge talks about VPhase

Free energy meter prize draw

It’s the Energy Saving Trust’s “Energy Saving Week” so to help raise awareness of the over-voltage problem and energy waste in the UK, VPhase are running a free prize draw promotion offering 50 people the chance to win an energy meter for their home.

Click the link to find out more and enter:

VPhase Voltage Optimisation for the home

Possibly a little biased about this video, since I helped create it… but it tells a great story about why voltage optimisation is so important for the home. Everyone’s keen on doing their bit for the environment, but when the economy’s looking so glum, people tend to focus more on their own finances , as opposed to doing what’s right for the environment.

Voltage optimisation for the home allows people to do both – save money AND save the planet!

  • Save around 10% on your home electricity bills
  • Reduce your carbon emission and save the environment (actually, it saves over 4 tonnes of CO2 over the 25+ year life of the product)
  • It’s easily installed by a qualified electrician
  • It has a 5 year warranty
  • Payback periods are typically less than 5 years – so it represents a virtually risk free investment
  • It’s a completely maintenance free device… it’s simply a case of fit, forget and save instantly!

At £250 installed (when fitted at the same time as a fuse box), it’s a really low cost green option for the home.

Everyone thinks of solar power or wind power as the next green solution for the home, but these things cost a small fortune… VPhase voltage optimisation is much more affordable, doesn’t require a change in lifestyle, and isn’t dependent on the sun shining or the wind blowing!

As the lady in the video says… it really is a ‘no-brainer’!

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New Green Links page added to CODY1

I’ve added a new page to my web site – “Green Links” – which I aim to review regularly and add new links to, when and as I find them. There are plenty of resources available in this field, so if there are any blatantly missing off – please use the Contact Me form to send me information about them. I’ll review them fairly quickly and add them if I think them worthwhile. Thanks!

A handy web site here that looks at ways of improving the energy design of houses, not just for new builds but also in house renovation and redevelopment projects.

Taken from the web site itself, it says,

“The Low Energy House website provides information to enable architects, house designers, house builders and landlords to deliver comfortable, energy efficient and affordable homes that will help the environment and help reduce fuel poverty.

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Ecosia – the environmentally friendly search engine

It apparently uses Yahoo to power its searches, which means ultimately it’ll be Microsoft’s Bing soon enough, but the difference is their claim that a proportion of their advertising revenue goes towards saving the rainforests. On their site they say, “Each web search saves about 2 m² of rainforest for free. We already protected 128,504,979 m². Worth a try perhaps?

What is Voltage Optimisation?

Ok – so there’s more than a little self interest in me writing about this, mainly because I’m the marketing manager tasked with promoting a domestic voltage optimisation product in the UK. However, even if I weren’t working in the industry, I think the green credentials of the technology are such that it should be more widely known about and considered as a viable green technology.

I’ve created a LinkedIn group here: which I’m hoping will be one of many touch points for the general public to find out more about voltage optimisation.

To put it concisely, voltage optimisation is a proven scientific approach to lowering and regulating incoming voltage into a property, and in doing so the household will use less electricity, which will cost less, result in fewer CO2 emissions and potentially prolong the useful life of domestic appliances.

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