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The Route To Clean Energy In The Home




Smart Thermostat to Reduce Energy Consumption, Bills, and Carbon Footprint

While the UK moves forward with its ambitions to reach net-zero by 2050, private companies and government agencies are strategising their way towards a more sustainable future.

When it comes to Climate Change, although businesses are a big part of the solution, so are individuals. But what can be changed at home to help push us towards this green goal? How can our homes become more sustainable? Were you aware that UK homes produce around 19 per cent of the nation’s total emissions. 

In this article, we take a look at how the domestic energy use can be reduced and improved, using alternative fuels and conservation techniques as the route to clean energy in the home.

Analysing the Wnergy We Use

According to the Committee on Climate Change, in 1990 households produced an equivalent of 12.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, where home heating accounted for 27 per cent of emissions. To achieve the nationwide target of an 80 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide by 2030, households must only produce 4.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is a reduction of 65 per cent compared to 1990. This is quite a big jump - however, home heating emissions are not falling as rapidly as other household consumptions.

What are the solutions?  What can be done to further decrease home heating emissions? For 1.1 million homes in the UK, domestic heating oil is used to keep homes warm – this is a sizeable figure and you’re likely to find these homes in rural and off-grid areas. However, may people aren’t aware that oil heating can have a significant environmental impact.

For example, oil emits 20% more CO2 than the most common alternative option, LPG, which is actually recognised as a more efficient and affordable solution than oil to reduce the environmental impact of home energy. For many rural homes, the answer is fairly straightforward - an oil to liquid gas conversion can help reduce emissions. Liquified petroleum gas (LPG) actually has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any conventional off-grid fossil fuel.

The Energy We Save

Finding suitable fuel alternatives to heat our homes is a key aspect to reducing our environmental impact. But, in addition, we also need to consider how we can save energy to boost our sustainable standing. For example, you can do more than just stick on another sweatshirt instead of popping the heating on. In fact, some simple home improvements can help you save energy and money.

A waste water heat recovery system (WWHRS) can help you to preserve some energy in your house that would otherwise go to waste. Do you enjoy a nice hot shower? Well, why should we let all the energy stored in the water go down the drain? A WWHRS extracts about 60 per cent of the heat from waste water, reducing the work of your boiler to heat your home.

Even something as simple as insulation in your home can massively reduce heat and energy waste. Consider where heat can escape – floors, doors, windows, and walls are all culprits. Using insulation around your house, under floorboards, and in the loft can help reduce wasted heat. Around one-third of home heating is lost through uninsulated walls. Insulation is a great way to save you money and lower your environmental impact.

As our homes become smarter, so can our energy consumption. With the introduction of smart thermostats, a homeowner can control their energy usage from their smartphone, no matter how far away they are from their home. This means that users can delay their heating coming on if they are going to be late back, for example, reducing how much energy is wasted in the long run. Plus, some smart thermostats can detect potential energy-wasting issues, such as draughts, meaning these can be addressed to further boost energy efficiency.  

We all need to do our bit to help the world become a more environmentally friendly place. This journey starts at home. As energy consumption dominates UK emissions, we must do more to help reduce our environmental impact. Reducing our energy consumption and emissions through using cleaner fuels or efficient energy-saving installations will help massively.


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A couple who work for the NHS have found their dream home thanks to St Modwen Homes bespoke key worker incentive. NHS therapy radiographer, Vicki Bridges, and occupational therapist, Nicola Moss, said the support they have received has helped them feel appreciated after a tough year.

Our key workers are still leading the fight against Covid-19 and continually go above and beyond to keep us all safe. Therefore, St Modwen Homes wanted to show their gratitude by giving them bespoke offers on their new homes. Since they launched these offers in 2020, they’ve already helped a huge number of key workers to secure their dream home.

Nicola and Vicki decided the time was right to move out of their apartment in Bournville to somewhere more rural and found the perfect home near Lickey Hills Country Park.

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Vicki said: “One of the main reasons Nicola and I initially considered moving to Cofton Grange was that it’s right around the corner from the stunning Lickey Hill Country Park.

“We visited three other sites in the area but St. Modwen Homes surpassed them all. Their homes are not only unique, but come with taller ceilings and larger windows, making them feel extra spacious.” Nicola added: “The three-bedroom Houghton house-type ticked every box. The open-plan living area is fantastic, while the utility room and downstairs toilet are both so handy.”

DNRS Research Update: Clinical Trial of DNRS Efficacy for MCS, ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia Begins

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We recently reported that the Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS) Team had entered into a research initiative with the Integrative Health Institute at University of Alberta (IHI), in collaboration with the University of Calgary, to ascertain if neural retraining and DNRS specifically, could be an effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and Fibromyalgia.
The aim of course is to establish evidence-based support for the neuroplasticity and mind-body medicine theories at the core of DNRS, and the approach's efficacy for these specific environmental / invisible illnesses. Positive results may in future lead other researchers to study brain retraining and its application as a treatment for these and other conditions.
We can now bring you an update from the DNRS Team on the progress of the research, with the Phase 1 systematic review of previously published neural retraining studies now completed and the clinical study of the DNRS program's efficacy in ME/CFS, MCS and Fibromyalgia about to begin.
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Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) Online Program Launched

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Many people struggling with invisible illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) may be familiar with the Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS). You may even have used it to recover yourself, or know someone who has. Now it is available as an entirely Online Program.

DNRS was devised by Annie Hopper after her own health began to deteriorate in 2004 while working as a busy core belief counselor, newspaper columnist and talk show guest as an expert in Emotional Wellness.

After struggling with symptoms including insomnia, headaches, body aches and pains, chronic exhaustion and an increasing list of sensitivities, Hopper was diagnosed with "Toxic Overload", a catch-all garbage bin diagnosis often given to those suffering from multiple symptoms and mysterious "syndromes". After trying several detoxification therapies she was still not getting well so she began looking into toxic brain trauma being at the root of her suffering.  

After successfully regaining her own health through focusing on effectively "re-wiring" her brain, in 2008, Hopper founded The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS). This system is a drug free, neuroplasticity-based healing approach to rewire chronic illness disease patterns in the brain as seen in many as yet misunderstood chronic illnesses, such as those above.

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New Asbestos Evaluation Reintroduces Old Issues

Asbestos shown in building materialsThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-assessing the risks of asbestos use to public health. The EPA needs to do so because a previous phase out ban issued nearly 30 years ago, in 1989, was remanded and overturned by the courts only two years later - citing a lack of alternative options.

For years, asbestos had a long and storied affair with the building and manufacturing industries. The inexpensive but durable and resistant mineral was used in thousands of products in a variety of applications, including shipbuilding, new building construction and even automobiles. Wherever there was a product that would come into contact with heat and friction, you could almost always count on asbestos-containing materials to be there too.

But then we realized that all those years of use and exposure to asbestos fibers came at a steep price. The symptoms were all there; shortness of breath, weight loss, coughing, fatigue and general aches and pains, all of which can be tied to a plethora of other illnesses. Mesothelioma does a great job of throwing medical professionals off its trail because the symptoms often look like the flu or another respiratory problem. However, by the time the disease is actually diagnosed, most patients are given an incredibly bleak prognosis of 12-21 months. Even worse is the fact that, in many cases, mesothelioma patients were accidentally exposed to the mineral 20, 30 or even 50 years ago.

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