Tuesday, 2 October 2018

New Research Shows Uneven UK Solar Distribution and Highlights Potential Opportunities

As summer sees Britain breaking record after record for solar power generation, new research, compiled by Green Business Watch, ranks the UK’s solar performance on a county-by-county basis for the first time.

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With the growing public demand for sustainable builds, the UK Solar Power County Rankings provide an unprecedented amount of information about UK Solar energy in one place, allowing property owners see the real benefits of solar in their area. 

As the potential savings and income from solar PV installations vary across the country, residents and businesses can for the first time use the map to identify the potential savings and income they could achieve by investing in solar PV.  

UK Solar Power County Rankings 2018

Not surprisingly, the rankings show Southern counties leading the way but they also highlight a number of areas that are not making the most out of their solar resource.

Some Key Findings:

  • Solar irradiation across the South of England is uniformly strong but counties such as East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey seem to be missing out, and have installed less solar capacity than might have been expected.
  • Wiltshire, which ranks number one for installed capacity is neither the sunniest nor the largest of Britain's counties. Despite being outside the top 10 for solar irradiation, large volumes of commercial solar see Wiltshire top the rankings and hint at opportunities that some other counties are perhaps missing out on.
  • Estimates of domestic income / savings varied from £413 in Shetland to £655 in the Isle of Wight but excluding the extremes of the Islands, differences in solar irradiation and potential earnings are probably smaller than imagined. As an example, sample locations in Angus (Scotland) had a predicted income/savings figure of £538 per year. This was less than southern English counties such as Bedfordshire (£561 per year) but the gap is only £23 per year.
  • Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire are all surprise finds in the top 10 and Northern English counties such as Yorkshire and Greater Manchester make surprise showings in the top 10 for domestic capacity.

Overall, the UK Solar Power County Rankings paint a picture of solar uptake in the UK that is much more patchy than the opportunity, with some counties outperforming their solar potential while others aren't yet taking advantage of the available resource.

Alastair Kay, Editor at Green Business Watch said:

“Solar energy presents an opportunity for property owners across the UK but there is a lot of uncertainty over what the benefits are in real terms and what the figures really mean for householders."

“If we as an industry are to keep solar growing, it’s essential that we help property owners to see what can be achieved using solar. We’ve put together the UK Solar Power County Rankings to give a complete picture comparing solar deployment and potential on a county by county basis.”

The UK Solar Power County Rankings allow us for the first time to see where our county ranks and how the opportunity and the take up compared with other counties around the country.

You can view the full rankings at:

https://greenbusinesswatch.co.uk/uk-solar-power-county-rankings

The Key Findings and various visualisations (which you are welcome to use or adapt) are at:

https://greenbusinesswatch.co.uk/uk-solar-power-county-rankings#findings

Notes to Editors

About Green Business Watch:

Established in 2013, Green Business Watch is a UK renewable energy website providing information, research and commentary on the various renewable technologies, grants and funding. Consumers can find information and connect directly with local installers to discuss their individual projects.

Monday, 13 August 2018

How to Keep Your Indoor Plants Healthy

Having an indoor garden is a great way to give the house a lively, and refreshing atmosphere. There is a variety of indoor plants out there that you can pick. If you have been considering having some indoor plants, the following tips will help you keep them healthy.

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1. Find the Right Plant

The process of keeping the plant healthy starts way before you can bring it home. You should not start the process with a brown thumb. Make sure that you find a plant that has been designed for indoor gardening. This means finding a plant that requires little to no maintenance at all.

According to https://www.cannabisworld.biz, some of the plants to consider will include Chinese evergreens and small pine trees. These are plants that will easily fit into your busy lifestyle, and also provide your home with some much-needed décor.

2. Find the Plant a Home

Once you have selected your desired plant and brought it home, you need to find it a good and permanent spot. According to indoor gardening experts, you can shock the plant if you move it too much. Plants, just like pets tend to acclimate to specific environments. This means that you can easily upset the plant’s balance when you subject it to varying temperatures, and lighting environments.

3. Let in the Light

Although all plants are different, the one thing that is common between them is the fact that they all require light. You can make inquiries from your local nursery on the total amount of light that you will need for each plant.

Some plants are considered ideal for indoor gardening due to the fact that they can thrive in low lighting conditions. For instance, succulent plants tend to do very well in environments with low lights. Be sure to check the lighting requirements for each plant before bringing it home.

4. Prune the Plant

This is an important part of maintaining your indoor garden. According to about.com, you should always prune your plant at the beginning of each growth season. Alternatively, you can also choose to prune the plants at the end of their flowering season.

Many people will normally have the best of intentions when starting an indoor garden. But with time, many plants are left on the shelf to collect dust, with their owners having forgotten about them. Ensure you visit the plant at least once or twice each week. Apart from watering it, this will also enable you to pay attention to its growth patterns, making it easy to know when you need to start pruning.

5. Add Water

Watering is another important aspect of indoor gardening. It is, however, important to establish a watering routine, as your watering habits can also cause harm to the plant. Use the following tips to establish whether your plants are under or over watered:

  • Limp Leaves. It is an indication that you are either over or under watering the plants. Both watering patterns will cause the plant’s leaves to become brown. However, under watered plants tend to have leaves that are crispy.
  • Dry Soil. This is one of the most common symptoms of under watering. You need to touch the soil a few times each week to determine whether its water levels are precise.
  • Root Rot. It typically occurs when the plants are over-watered. Over-watering the plants will cause fungus to start developing around the roots due to the presence of damp conditions.

Grow Lights for Indoor Gardening

When looking for grow lights, you will come across lights that have been labeled with different numbers, e.g., 4000k or 2700k. The numbers refer to their lights relative coolness or warmth on the color scale. A high number means that the light is very cool.

Indoor gardening experts state that foliage growth is considered best when the growth light has a color spectrum of around 6500k. However, there are plants that will need an extended period of warm light (at least 3000k) for them to be able to produce flowers.

How Lighting Is Important for Indoor Gardening

With the right lighting, it is possible to grow any kind of plant indoors. The one thing you need to know is the level of lighting required by each plant for it to grow successfully. For instance, ferns and houseplants do not require a lot of light compared to culinary herbs and salad greens. Flowering plants, orchids, and tomatoes require high intensity light compared to others.

The most common mistake made by indoor growers is failure to provide their plants with sufficient light. Often, this is because the growers tend to cover a very large space with the available light. As an indoor grower, you need to keep in mind that a small area that has been provided with adequate light will provide better results compared to a bigger one without adequate light.

Conclusion

If the purpose of starting an indoor garden is to produce root crops, leafy green vegetables, and seedlings, you need high spectrum growth lights. Additionally, if you intend to grow any fruiting plant (lemons, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.), marijuana or flowers, you will also need to make use of low spectrum bulbs.


Monday, 11 June 2018

What Gardeners Need To Know About Environmentally Sound Pest Control

Spring is well and truly upon us, and like most of us in the UK, my thoughts are going to gardening. The lawn along with everything else out there is growing fast. And along with the spring flowers are weeds…and pests!

Environmentally Sound Pest Control

The problem is…how o get rid of these nuisances without hurting the planet or your family’s health. Chemical pest control is often harmful to the environment and can be hazardous to other wildlife that may be visiting your garden. The thing about chemicals is that they can affect more than just the insect or weed they are aimed at. Plus…many of the species that can be affected by chemical pest control are actually friendly garden insects.

The good news is it is possible to do effective garden pest control using other measures. And that’s what we’re listing here, courtesy of the expertise of Catch-it Pest Control in London.

  • Natural predators – Encouraging natural predators to the area where pests are in your garden means you can naturally control them. Ladybirds, lacewings, frogs, hedgehogs and birds are brilliant at reducing the number of garden pests like aphids and slugs.
  • Hand picking – Although it is a time consuming job, removing pests by hand can be beneficial to keeping your garden pest free.
  • Water spray – Spraying your plants with water or a light soap solution can sometimes help remove aphids and other similar species.
  • Organic deterrents – Organic based and plant based oils are completely green and also are a natural resistance to pests.
  • Companion planting – If you have vulnerable plants that get attacked often, planting others around those plants that attract predatory insects or can disguise the vulnerable plant will work. The impact pests have on your garden should reduce as pests are less likely to find food off that one plant.
  • Deterrents and barriers – Many garden pests are sensitive to specific things. Slugs for example don’t like copper, and if you put eggshells around plants they don’t like the sharpness of them. Doing this may keep other pest species away as well.

The key thing when implementing pest control in your garden is that you’re not trying to eradicate the pests completely, but rather trying to protect your plants from any serious damage. Many garden pests are considered food to friendlier garden species, so encouraging these will be beneficial in your quest to avoid the use of chemicals.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

10 Home Improvement Jobs That Keep Pests Out

The best way to keep pests out of your home is by making it unfriendly to them. Many homeowners have to resort to professional pest control to handle pest control problems, but this is preventable. The truth is that you may unwillingly be inviting these pests into your home. Something as simple as leaving the bins open at night can cause an issue that is hard to resolve.

To protect your home from the most stubborn of pests, Empire Ltd in London have recommended making these 10 simple home improvements.

#1. Seal the doors – You lock your doors to keep intruders out of your home. So why not seal them against pest intruders too? Unsealed gaps are the perfect opening for pests to enter your home. Fill in this gaps with aluminium or steel as a threshold under the door, and add some weather stripping to the frame. You could even install a door brush.

#2. Fix the windows – The same goeswith windows as it does with doors. They need to be sealed correctly all the way around the outside with the appropriate weather stripping. This will stop pests entering this way. If you havescrees on your windows, it’s important that any tears are fixed as soon as possible.

#3. Maintain the garden – Pests love standing water. So if you have water collecting inbird baths or flower pots, make sure to dump it out. You should also rake up any leaves that may have fallen. Grass clippings and debris needs to be cleaned up and disposed of in the correct bin. These are the places pests love to make their homes.

#4. Repair cracks – Pests can use the tiniest of gaps and cracks outside your home to get in. They may be nearly invisible to the eye, so you may want to call out a pest control company to spot them. Caulk is an inexpensive and effective way to fill in gaps.

#5. Seal around the plumbing – Whenever pipes exit your wall, there may be a gaparound them. Whether the pipes carry gas, water or electricity, follow the lines and make sure there are no gaps that lead into your home. If you do find some gaps, get the caulk and seal it up.

#6. Secure larger openings – If you know there may be holes in the roof but can’t afford a full repair, you should at least think about doing some spot repair in the meantime. Any large openings should be secured with wire mesh, like over the chimney. When the weather gets cooler pests start to look for warmer places to set up home. Don’t let them invade yours.

#7. Watch your food – Pests would love to be invitedfor dinner. But they are unwanted guests. Keep your pet food off the floor, and other foods sealed in containers. Clutter should also be kept out of the way. The more stuff you havelying around, the easier it will be for pests to hide and make their way into your home.

#8. Get rid of your rubbish properly – Any scraps of food you throw away would be a feast for a pest. So make sure your bins are properly sealed with a lid that is securely fastened at all times.Also bag all of your rubbish in individual plastic bags rather than just throwing it directly into the bin. Then you need to clean the inside of your bins regularly too.

#9. Keep moisture to a minimum – Insects often make their homes along foundations since it retains so much moisture. You can cut back on moisture around your home by storing wood, leaves and grass clippings away from your home. You can also contact a local pest exterminator to ask about insecticide control for pests if you are having problems with them.

#10. Encourage the birds – Althoughspilt bird seed can attract more furrypests, if you are vigilant about the seed you should encourage birds into your garden. Birds actually help with pest control since they eat such large amounts of insect species. Having trees and bushes will be the perfect place for birds to build their nests. You may also want to leave them fresh water when the weather is warm, and install abird seed or nectar feeder.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Types of Coat Hooks for Your Home

Every house, its furniture and how it’s kept is a way to know about the people that reside within. Hence, it’s important to get even the smallest piece of furniture based on your preferences to express your choice and radiate your style. There are always two sides to a coin, as well as two sides to a story. When selecting even the smallest of things such as door hooks, coat hooks, clothes hooks and towel hooks, there are certain things to keep in mind.

If you are looking to buy coat hooks for your home, then there are specific ones that would sit well with all the different types of rooms in your house. For your better convenience, here are the types of coat hooks to choose from

Ball End Double Robe Hook Antique Brass

This type of hook is for those people that love the look of antique. The Ball End Double Robe Hook Antique Brass is one the types of clothes hooks that will give your house the rustic touch you want, as well as serve as a form of convenience for you on lazy days. It sits well with doors made of hardwood and oak and adds the extra tinge of sophisticated royalty to them.

If you are the one for all things shiny and extravagant, then the Faceted Glass Single Hook for you. This one is best for those who are quite into detailing and prefer every piece of furniture and embellishment to have their own limelight. With a small glass globe attached to the front, it gives your doors the extra attention they need.

Single Coat Hook Steel Chrome

For those of you who resort to the simplest designs of embellishment, this Single Hook Steel Chrome is the perfect candidate for you. It suits well with modernized homes and adds simplicity and character with its sleek design. A similar type of hook is the Single U-Shaped Hook Steel Chrome, which offers the same modernized feel with a little more design. This one is also perfect as a bathroom hook if you’re looking for choices in towel hooks.

Ceramic Rose Single Hook Pink

One of the very creative designs for door hooks is the Ceramic Rose Single Hook Pink. The perfect candidate for your children’s doors that will not only add color but will make your child motivated to hang their clothes. Imagine all the clothes you won’t have to pick up for them! Moreover, this one comes in white too for a unisex advantage.

Stag Head Single Hook Rustic Iron

This hook will give you all the rustic wintery feels as promised. Imagine one of those cold wintery nights where this door hook serves as your coat hooks companion. Perfect for those who love a dose of character in even the smallest of things, such as the creative stag head in this iron door hook.

For more variety, visit Hiatt Hardware now. Coat hooks can both be a sign of convenience, creativity, and choice. Be sure to choose yours wisely!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

A Complete Overview to Know About Micro cement

Micro Cement has been used over on the immense level for the purpose of the manufacturing related with the adhesives as well as plastics and for the paints too. You can even considerably make the use of it for the coatings, primers and even for the sealers.  This is the main reason that they are high in demand for the buildings and so as for the construction purposes too. They can be used in the different array of the consumer all along with the industrial applications. They do have the feature where they are being known for the toughness, plus the durable finishing of the strong adhesion, chemical resistance and other wide range of the properties.

How many of you probably know the actual meaning of micro-cement? Micro Cement is basically taken to be the decorative and one of the composite coatings that are all based on cement, as well as water-based resins, additives, and mineral pigments. You can purposely make the use of this form of material as for the exterior as well as interior based surfaces. It is often said out to be applicable in floors, walls, and ceilings. One of the best features of this material is that it does not need any sort of the joints. This makes its cleaning and so as the maintenance easy to do.

There are basically different types of the micro-cement that are categorized into the below-mentioned types:

Micro Base: It is taken out to be one of the ideal categories of the micro-cement as to obtain with the rustic floors and also the walls. It has been put into the irregular textures for being artistic in appearance. It is also used as the preparation base for other finishes.

Micro Stone: This type of the micro-cement has been regardless to be used as best for the exterior purposes mostly. It has non-slip properties. It does have the thick texture in it.

Micro Deck: This type has been suitably best meant for the floor as for the purpose of its resistance in areas of intense traffic. It does have the medium texture.

Micro Fino: This micro-cement has been used on the high scale for the purpose of coating over the wall. It has the fine finishing coverage that would allow the diversity of finishing watermark effects. It has the fine texture.

Aquaciment: This micro-cement is very much ideal as in respect with the pools and ponds. It has the quick resistance to salts and chlorine in the water.

Advantages of Micro cement:

  • They are holding on to the high massive compressive strength.
  • They are even coming about to be adequate in view with the tensile durable power.
  • Fire all along with the weather resistance of reinforced concrete is fair.
  • At the same time, the building that is made from the micro-cement is much more durable than any other building system.
  • It can be economically molded as to any kind of the nearly limitless range of shapes.
  • They do have the maintenance cost that is much low.
  • They do act upon as being the rigid member with minimum deflection.

Disadvantages of Micro Cement:

  • The tensile durability of this concrete is about one-tenth of its compressive strength.
  • In its main manufacturing process, it does ads with the mixing as well as casing and so as the curing. This will bring effect on the final outcome.
  • The cost range of the forms as being used in the casting RC is relatively higher.
  • Shrinkage would be leading to the cause of the crack development and so as the emergence of the strength loss.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Fly-By-Night Home Move: The Essentials

Under all circumstances, moving can be a chaotic and stressful ordeal. Doing it in the nick of time tends to be even worse, a real nightmare. Most people argue that the preparations should start at least several weeks in advance and they are absolutely right. However, that is not always feasible: last-minute moves are a common situation these days. 

Time constraints make it almost impossible to do everything the way you would like. But, don’t fret if you have no time to put together a list of essentials. Get your priorities straight and be resourceful. Here is what you should keep in mind and tackle to make a successful fly-by move happen.

Home Move

Creating a game plan

Come up with a plan, the cornerstone of your speedy endeavor. Set goals for each day you can spare and make a list of the tools needed to get the job done. Being under pressure is not an excuse to let anything get in the way of your move. By taking some time to think things through, you ramp up your chances to relocate quickly and with ease.

Next, assess the amount of stuff you want to move. Note that you can take this chance to purge and declutter. So, be ruthless and get rid of anything that would just sit around collecting dust in the new home, or even better, donate it. The less stuff you have to move, the less time, energy, and money you will have to invest.

Try to find boxes you will need in order to pack everything. A quick trip to bars or liquor store could prove to be useful in terms of obtaining sturdy used boxes. Naturally, you should check out moving stores and office supply shops if you want to buy new boxes. Plastic bins are another common solution that many green movers employ.

A pro touch

Provided that your budget allows it, always rely on professionals. Find a moving company or a rental truck that you can hire. Hope that services are not all booked up, but brace yourself because the choice could be quite narrowed. Double-check whether the truck will be ready just in time. In case you are opting for a truck hire, make certain you possess an emergency kit containing all the necessary fluids for the vehicle as well as road supplies.

Home Move

Furthermore, rest assured that packers can save you a whole lot of time and headaches. Pick-up companies are another valuable asset as they specialize in moving all the junk you don’t need. Thus, do your research to find competitive rates. I would encourage you to find a company that offers the whole package. For instance, these removalists from Inner West  will not only transport your things, but also handle packing and supply adequate boxes for all your precious belongings. 

Of course, you should also feel free to ask family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors for help. Anyone prepared to jump in is welcome to do so. Just give clear instruction because you don’t want helpers to do more harm than good.

Set the wheels into motion

It is finally time to pack everything, load stuff on the truck, and hit the road. Start by putting heavier boxes on the floor and stacking lighter ones on top of them. Keep a close eye on the breakables that should be separated from the rest. Label or color-code everything to make your life easier once you have to unpack. Designate a specific packing station or select a storage room. It is advisable to pack one room at a time and group similar items together.

Bear in mind that heavy stuff (such as washers, dryers, and furniture) typically goes in the section towards the front of the moving truck. Things that need to be unloaded first must be put last. Large appliances often call for special preparation, while carpet scraps and rags can minimize sliding that could lead to costly damage or injuries.

Finally, don’t forget to move your life. File a change of address and update your credit card account accordingly. Shut off utilities in the old place and see if those in the new home can be turned on the day before. Pay your bills and transfer gym membership. Remember to pack the essentials for a few days separately, so that they are at hand.

Home Move

Time to make a smart move 

So, you have to move all your possessions and settle in a new place as soon as possible. This is not an ideal situation because working against the clock can easily put you on your wit’s end and blow your budget. However, there are ways to take stress and frustration out of the process and make a smooth and swift transition to your new home.

Therefore, if you want to be in the driver’s seat during the whole the process, sort and pack your household things. Enlist the support of anyone willing to give a helping hand and hire professionals as needed. Tool up on boxes and other moving supplies. Lack of time must never make you succumb to chaos and panic.