You will have noticed adverts in the sidebar.
One is a big red Phytoseiulus which is there to draw attention to my cousin’s bio-control company. (Phytoseiulus eat Spider Mites.) I put it there for free because she’s family. Recently, I began to accept some paid-for adverts. (How can you tell I’ve hit hard times?)
On my other blog (Esther’s Garden Notes) there’s an advert for Paving and Walling - and a representative from Wickes (the company which sells said Paving and Walling) got back to me and asked if I would review their Energy Saving Infographic (his description, not mine). I thought about it - and decided I would. So here it is. But I want to make it very clear that I've only written what I would have written if, upon waking this morning, I’d had a sudden and unaccountable thought that I’d like to write about that very page. And why not? That’s how most posts arise! After all, I reviewed Charles Dickens’ ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ . . ' - and he didn’t pay me a sou!
(Do people still say that?)
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An Infographic, it turns out, is information with pictures - and the pictures on this Infographic (it’s such a funny word, I’ve got a bit stuck on it) are about energy saving in the home.
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It’s familiar stuff - don’t leave the water tap running while you brush your teeth. (Try telling this to Didcott!) Don’t put more water in the kettle than you need. (The less income you have coming into the family, the more you are likely to heed this!) Insulate your attic, lag hot water tanks, turn off electric standbys . . . And vague estimates - for example that A+ rated washing machines, fridges and freezers use 50% less energy than much older machines. (I could write a whole post about that!)
(In our family we save 100 % of such energy by not owning a fridge or a freezer - I could write a whole post about that too - several!)
So what about the less familiar? (To me, that is.)
There are two suggestions which specially caught my eye.
The first is to do with putting pipes and a pump under your garden where the temperature is a constant 10 degrees. (At what depth? And is this really the same wherever you live?) Apparently, you can take advantage of this to create under-floor heating for your house. I’d not heard of this before so I began searching around on the Wickes site. Is there a recipe or a kit? Would I need a builder to do it for me? (Well, of course I would - but what about a clever enthusiast?) Can’t find a thing. I’ll have to do a bit more exploring.
The other is sun-pipes which let light in through your roof.
In the Philippines there’s a man called Illac Diaz who is illuminating the homes and schools of the very, very poor with lights made from plastic drinks bottles, water, a dash of bleach and small squares of metal. They cost a dollar each to make and give the equivalent in light of a 60 watt bulb. They work indefinitely and with no cost as long as the sun shines. To us, lights which work only in the day, might seem pointless - but if you live in a windowless home in a slum, it can be of enormous, ENORMOUS, value.
Here’s a link to a short BBC video report about it.
But back to the Infographic and the sun-pipes . . . Type ‘sun-pipes’ into the Wickes site and it gets you no-where. I think they must be thinking of things like the ‘Flexi Sun Lights’ - which you can buy from Wickes. (Though I would be reluctant to drill a hole through my roof.)
(How many builders read my blog?)
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(How’s that for an info-ad? Ad-review? Post?)
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Brilliant. The wind has just blown a big container of bottles and tins for recycling across our garden.
P.S. For my posts on Nicholas Nickleby:-