Category Archives: Climate Change

Our move back to Scotland, and pretty much everything we’ve done since, was – in part – informed by our understanding of the rate and effects of our changing climate. This is the story of how we’re slowly adapting our lives and surroundings to minimise our impact on our planet’s ability to sustain human society. And, yes, there are cat pictures.

Hot Air versus Heat Pumps

The UK government’s announcement that it will be funding heat pump installations is counterproductive and will likely prove toxic to our transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

If we take the government’s fund at face value, the promised £490M is sufficient to provide grants of £5,000 to 98,000 homes: a drop in the ocean compared to the 27.8M or so households in the UK (the actual number of discrete properties will of course be lower, as 14.8% of the population live in flats). But to offer to even partially fund heat pump installations without first tackling the issues of effective insulation and the cost of resizing of domestic heating systems needed to make effective use of heat pumps, is a recipe for disaster, huge ongoing costs and ineffective outcomes.

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Easy Gains: Removing VAT on Retrofit Energy-Saving

For all the publicity that the ‘sexy’ side of climate change mitigation gets – wind, wave and solar power or the shift to electric vehicles – all of which are necessary and laudable, the biggest difference that we can make is to reduce our demand for energy in the first place.  Continue reading Easy Gains: Removing VAT on Retrofit Energy-Saving