Good block, bad block: An Introduction to Blockchain

An imaginary Bitcoin

I’ve developed an all-encompassing interest in Blockchain technology; its potential, its pitfalls and its power.

I will be writing regularly on Medium.com about my journey into this exciting world. My aim is to make Blockchain understood and accessible to everyone, covering everything from the basics to cryptocurrencies.

Read more in my introductory blog here. (link opens in new window).

The Ultimate Guide to Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

People working in an office

Short-term (tomorrow!), medium-term, and long-term: whichever way you frame it, small businesses can save energy – and money – by following some simple steps.

Our guide to energy efficiency for small businesses will banish any worries about time, potential outlays, and value as barriers to entry. Any investment is usually quickly repaid and then becomes savings, or more profit.

Learn how you can save on energy use and bills by picking up good habits, from lighting to installing solar panels to home working.

Read more here. (link opens in new window).

Cutting out draughts from older homes

Row of Sandstone Houses, perfect for draught proofing

Enjoy a warmer and more comfortable home by following my guide to simple fixes for draughts.

At its most basic, draught-proofing is filling the gaps in a building, where heat escapes and cold air enters. Some people turn up the heating to counteract cold draughts; this warms your home but escaped heating costs you and emits CO2 emission unnecessarily.

A properly draught-proofed and insulated house helps reduce your energy demands and CO2 emissions as well as saving on bills.

Read more here. (link opens in new window).

Ten top sustainable innovations for 2020

Breathing buildings, living robots, and electricity created from thin air, all in my latest blog.

The sustainability sector is a hub for technological advances. Along with The Energy Saving Trust, we look at 10 innovations that may – or may not – change the way we interact with our world in the face of climate change.

We have not tested any of these products and we cannot verify the claims of their inventors but we’re sure you’ll find them as interesting as we do.

Read more here. (link opens in new window).

Warmworks: fighting fuel poverty

Warmworks, heating help in Scotland

People experiencing fuel poverty in Scotland can be helped with just one call or email – that’s the message from Home Energy Scotland.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the free and impartial advice service is available to everyone in Scotland.

Anyone who may be worrying about how to keep warm and pay the bills should contact Home Energy Scotland immediately about the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme.

Read more here. (link opens in new window).

LED Lighting Guide

LED Light bulbs

How many light bulbs have you bought since September 1, 2018?

Time flies and not many people record their light bulb consumption. The chances are you’ve bought fewer bulbs because that was when the EU-wide ban on importing and producing halogen bulbs came into place.

Shops are allowed to sell their old halogen stock – which is why you can still find them – and there are still specialist halogen bulbs in security lights, ovens and cooker hoods.

Yet it is the versatile LED bulb that is leading the way in efficiency, durability and versatility, too.

Read more here.