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Mike considers some pitfalls with both the system design for underfloor heating and its operation, and explains why it is expensive to operate and much more expensive (unnecessarily so) to install.

Are there better solutions than those currently on offer?

And are we ignoring it? We don’t actually need the IPCC reports or to understand the Climate Models to be pretty certain we have a problem with the climate; it is big, and will get a whole lot worse.  The complexity of climate makes most of us assume we cannot do more than follow the […]

If so what does it tell us?
Are there certain parts of our planet that are the early warning regions showing us how the climate is already responding and how it will continue to respond? Well, yes actually …

Solar Hot Water (SHW) Blog 2 The Tranquility System and how SHW can work Tranquility is all but self sufficient in hot water with an annual bill below £10 for the gas used. But this is light years ahead of systems for sale.  White Paper 1 proved how little heat normal systems actually collect, and […]

Often we don’t like the truth but that doesn’t change it. There were so many of us who were so hopeful Obama would show a new and moral side to American politics but yet again those hopes have already been dashed.  So soon as well and so totally. Having originally seemingly been allowing the business […]

A growing number of people, including those with Solar Hot Water systems already installed, are asking just how well they work and what they save.  The trouble is that houses with them don’t know when the boilers are heating the water – they just know when the sun is, but that is extremely different.  So […]

Setting the Scene When I started designing Tranquility (T) with the intention of making it the lowest energy (financially effective) house I could, I quickly realised that conventional SHW systems didn’t seem to be remotely viable.  Or at least they could not be effective as sold.  Having already concluded solar PV was hopeless this was […]

There must be something wrong here as the EU, the British Government and the Welsh Assembly have all declared these power stations to be zero carbon, and the EU even subsidises them substantially to encourage them.  The Welsh Assembly rests 70% of it carbon emissions target on the new 350MW chip station in Swansea.  Is […]

Copyright Mike Hillard Having researched the global forest rather extensively, I am aware just how overharvested it is, so I never understood why huge wood burning power stations were being built.  And the biggest surprise of all was that they were being built in the UK– after all we are only about 17% self sufficient […]