Energy Saving

17 sacks of wood, all that was left of the tree

Using a Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe to cut up a big tree

Last year I chopped down a big tree that had been threatening to damage a neighbouring property. I also (a bit earlier) got my first axe, a Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe, and a wood grenade. After a bit of a delay (a few months) I have now finished cutting up (into fuel sized pieces) what was [...]
The Wood Grenade in use

Wood Grenade

For my 100th post I wrote about my new axe, at about the same time I got a Wood Grenade from my brother (& his wife and their son) which I must write about (mostly in support of a post I hinted at here which is coming in a few days). The Roughneck Wood Grenade is a splitting wedge, which is all I [...]
Fun in the woods!

Great Weekend!

We have just had a warm, sunny, fun filled weekend! On Saturday, during a spring clean we were able to sit our for a late breakfast in the garden, on Sunday we went out to The Lookout at Bracknell for a day of science (I bought another pocket microscope…….. (more…)
Our online energy tracker shows a reduction in electricity use since last year

Our utility bill is now down to £42 a month (from £125 in January)

In June this year I said I’d start writing about our efforts to cut our gas and electricity bills (and of course save the planet, but mostly we want to save money), and I have written very little on this so far, but yesterday we found out that our joint gas and electricity bill is now down to £42 [...]
A log on a workbench split in two with several wedges

Got wood [2]?

In my last post about getting wood ready for winter (albeit a bit late in the year) I mentioned I hadn’t got the wood fully chopped up. I now have and wanted to show off this photo I took after successfully splitting a log using wedges I’d cut from the two smaller logs with a survival knife. I did [...]
A pile of free wood

Got wood?

It’s that time of year when the nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder in the mornings. OK, so we have just had a week that was drier and warmer than most of August, but if this was a normal year we would all start thinking about those long nights at home, and if we were lucky enough we’d [...]

Draughts Pt1

As mentioned in an earlier post we are doing some work this Autumn to try to cut our gas bill (in the same way we reduced our electricity bill). The biggest cause of heat loss from a home is….. huge open holes letting in the cold. So to start with I guess we should close the huge holes in the [...]
Jeff enjoying a smoke on the roof

Replacing a flat roof

You are probably wondering where this fits in the grand scheme of my blog. Well a while ago now I said I would write posts about energy and money saving measures I’ve done to my home; I have written one very short piece about how we reduced our electricity bill from £55 to £28 a month and I hope [...]
1930's House

Saving money with a Power Meter

In my last energy-saving post back in June I said that I was going to start blogging about the energy-saving things we’ve done about the house and if they worked. I’ve been a bit slow starting this (and sorry for the lack of photos) but the best place to start is how we reduced our electricity bill [...]
The BASF House

Visit to the Creative Energy Homes project

  On the 4th of May I visited the Creative Energy Homes project at the University of Nottingham (department of Architecture and the Built Environment). There is very little information on the project, which is a shame as to someone like me, a home DIY enthusiast looking to make his home more [...]
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