Jay Rayner (restaurant critic for The Observer newspaper) recently blogged about how much he hated dishwashers (http://t.co/BQgkBFUf): “At dinner parties, guests who had offered to help clear up find themselves standing in the middle of my kitchen, paralysed with fear when they realise helping means “washing up”.” In an era where kids think that what happens in a kitchen is the cooking portrayed by the TV show “Come Dine With Me” it seems the art of washing-up-by-hand is dying.
In ‘Part One’ of our “Was It Worth It?” article we asked whether investing your money in a retrofit of a home to super-low-carbon standards was worth it. We managed to prove that it was an interesting (if tortuous) question to figure out the answer to. The answer was “maybe, maybe not”. In ‘Part Two” we will break down the project into different parts to figure out what paid, and what did not.
When you modernise your home to cut its carbon footprint, you start with a sense of purpose. It reflects your belief system. However, after having done this we wanted to know: is it worth it in monetary terms? This article is a case study of just one home; “Superhome 59″ in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK that was retrofitted in a project that ran from 2008 to 2010. The home was built in the 1980s, has five (small) bedrooms and has about 120msquared living space.
Did you know that 75% of consumers are on the most energy expensive tariff? Did you know that the numbers of energy consumers switching suppliers continuing to decline? The average consumer switching saved only around 50p a year and an awful lot ended up on a higher tariff! Fuel Poverty is now sky-rocketting again. So the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) has stepped in this year to try and help people get a better deal. Odd isn’t it? A few days ago almost nobody knew or cared – but now home-energy leads the TV News & is on the front page of every newspaper. Great publicity under appalling circumstances. So let’s get on and do something about it. YOU do not deserve to choose between food and heating this Winter.