For many Londoners, the cost of living is already very high. Monthly energy bills for their gas and electricity are unavoidable but switching regularly can reduce those outgoings significantly. Comparing your last year’s bill every twelve months might seem like a chore but it could pay for your holiday each year if you play your cards right and do the leg work. It really doesn’t take that long, especially if once you’ve done it a few times. Find your favourite comparison site covering the Brent Park area and set a yearly reminder on your phone. Then act on it each year to make the most saving possible.
To find the lowest tariff you might need to look at your gas bill and your electricity bill separately. This is easier than you might think at first. Ove you’ve selected the best tariff for both services your gas and electric bills will be lower and you can start to plan that summer holiday.
More Energy Saving Tips
As we all know running the home central heating during the winter months can be expensive, but did you know there are some simple things you can do that can help bring down those costs. Your central heating boiler is an essential part of your home, it supplies you with unlimited hot water when you need it, and it keeps you warm in the colder months.
First, make sure that you have your boiler serviced each year, preferably before the winter kicks in. Your central heating boiler is just like a car engine, if left unserviced, over time things will start to go wrong, the same goes for the central heating boiler.
If your central heating boiler is not serviced and something is starting to go wrong your energy bills will start to rise, your boiler may need to work harder to reach that desired temperature thus higher bills, if the boiler is maintained and checked over, anything that needs adjusting or replacing can be carried out.
Another simple way to save money is to make sure the radiator itself has nothing around it, keep it clear so the heat can penetrate the room, don’t put clothes that you want to dry on the radiator put them on a clothes horse close by they will still dry. When you put clothes on the radiator all the heat is lost into the clothes and the room takes longer to heat up. Pipe insulation is another way of cutting down those energy bills. Any pipework that you can visibly see should be insulated. By fitting insulation to the pipes you are reducing the heat loss from that pipe, you can buy pipe insulation from the local DIY store.
These are just a few of the ways you can save on those central heating bills, and remember when you have the central heating boiler serviced, only use a registered gas safe company or engineer.
Now that you’ve saved money on your gas and electricity bill why not look at the other monthly costs that eat into your usable reserves and save even more money each month.Did you receive the latest monthly electrical consumption bill? I’m sure, if you are in the UK, you will read the content with anger and disgust, often because of the data showed on the bill. You might be tempted to find ways to reduce the reading on your next electric bill. A large portion of your take-home pay will always be paid to the owners and shareholders of the company that is providing you with electricity. Tampering with the electric meter is a crime, and diverting the flow of excess electricity is dangerous too. So let's not go there! Consider Coffee as an Electricity Reducer! You’ll think this as a scam or just gimmickry but those users who are already enjoying its benefits can give you proof that it is true. The lady who shared with me the technique on how to put the coffee on the cord of every electrical gadget or appliance at home showed her recent electric bill revealing a more reduced amount that she should expect. A friend of my landlady here in London, who owns a forwarding service or freight company testified that he too believes in the authenticity of this marvellous use of coffee. To tell you straight, I was also doubtful regarding this, because I don't know the component of coffee that can reduce the surge of electric power. Only the experts know. The Story Behind This Discovery. The beautiful and humble beginning of this discovery came from a not-so-prominent guy whose mother was on the verge of dying due to a terminal disease. He was able to mix the coffee with the following (aside from sugar and milk):
- Spirulina - this awesome seaweed that is rich in energy-giving nutrients and minerals
- Ganoderma or Brazilian Agaricus - a kind of tropical mushroom that is usually mixed with ground coffee beans, dubbed as a king mushroom
- glutathione - a very good whitening agent and anti-oxidant
- ginseng- libido booster
- moringa -malunggay, tropical vegetable as immune system booster, too.
This is what I did at homeOrdering a box of that particular mix of coffee will need around Php250.00 pesos ($5.00) for one user to avail. I mean, it's still on the stage of promotion, that's why when the producer (name withheld) presented it at the World Trade Center seminar hall at Pasay City, Philippines, the attendees cannot believe of what he's saying. Until he presented the evidences by showing his recent electric bills (no hanky-panky about it). The results are genuine. Most of them became interested and were able to be persuaded to share the knowledge they've learned during that seminar. In other words, it reached my home in the city. The ratio of using that sachets of coffee for every electrical appliance or gadget available at home will be like this (also depending on its size and wattage).
- electric fan - two sachets of coffee; it can be three pieces if it has bigger wattage
- television set - three sachets of coffee
- refrigerator - four sachets or more depending on its size
- laptop computer or desktop - three or four sachets of coffee
Notes and Update: 8-in1 Micswell Coffee and Nikola TeslaThe 8-in-1 Micswell Coffee here is a patented product, one with eight active ingredients. It is also called Brazilian coffee by its distributor which has already several authorised local manufacturers in the Philippines. Like what I said when I did this article last year, it's always a question whether the aluminium foil or it's coffee mix content that made your electric bill decreases. Now, that a huge discussion has been happening in social networks, like Facebook and YouTube because of this awesome innovation in my country, a more sound explanation is needed as to why this is possible. The author has been convinced with the fact that: "ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED NEITHER DESTROYED BUT IT CAN TRANSFORM FROM ONE FORM TO ANOTHER."
From the book of Nikola Tesla regarding electricity, radio and wireless transmission.NIKOLA TESLA (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electrical supply system. He was also dubbed as 'mad scientist' during his time due to his miraculous inventions, from condenser to capacitor, bladeless turbine, coaxial coils and a lot more, He was more concentrated on magnetic field, the ambient and radiant energy that can prove of a free energy that we can use without the worry of electric bill every month.
Amazing Electricity! Really?Still, many are adamant about the fuzz or buzz on this coffee thing as electricity reducer. It may sound like a scam because the coffee that I've used was dealt upon by a business enthusiast who used to frequent product demonstration at the World Trade Center. I am not promoting the coffee, per se, but the benefits or comfort that it will give, a lower electric billing. Unlike before, you'll wish that you'll install a solar power system, even wind power system in order to cut off a high monthly bill on electricity. If you cannot pay in full for the installation of sun or wind power, then you can settle with this coffee thing. The proof will always depend on your decision to try this procedure, whether you're already fed up with me or out of curiosity.
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There is a long way before EVs become mainstream but there is clear sign of growth and clear steps for us to take action to accelerate the market.
Electric vehicles are zero emissions during its use. They need to be recharged by connecting it to an electricity supply and so the CO2 impact depends on how green is the grid electricity. Electric vehicles will be better for local air quality as no emissions are produced by the car, except generation of electricity which will likely be from a power station.
This brilliant analysis by CarbonCounter by MIT helps us understand each car models against climate targets. Lifetime cost of each vehicle per mile driven is compared against greenhouse gas emission target of 2 degrees C global warming.Lifetime costs of EV in yellow vs Internal Combustion Engine Cars in black (http://carboncounter.com/)Our results show that you don’t have to pay more for a low-carbon-emitting vehicle. Many electric vehicles are the same price, or cheaper, than similar gasoline cars. The average greenhouse gas emissions of all cars shown here are more than 50% higher than the 2030 climate target, with no internal combustion vehicles meeting the target. Most hybrid and electric vehicles, on the other hand, already meet the 2030 goal today, with today’s electricity mix.— CarbonCounter.com MIT Trancik Lab
With nearly 1 in 6 people in Europe considering buying an electric vehicle, there are more options available and a growing number of services becoming available. There are calculators to help compare electric vs petrol/diesel fuel cost and websites to guide you through comparisons of different electric vehicle such as Next Green Car.
EV Charge Points
We have seen the growth of apps for EV charge point maps such as Zap-Map, PlugShare, and Open Charge Map. Plug share is mainly based in the US and Canada. Zap-Map has the most comprehensive map of the UK. Open Charge Map is a global non-commercial, open source project.
They each have communities of EV drivers using the apps. Data source varies but they mainly crowdsource charging point information from their community of EV drivers onto their map or partner directly with networks of charge point providers or installers to list the charge points.
Zap-map provides a comprehensive comparison of charging networks and their cost structure. For instance, Ecotricity provides green electricity on their network of Electric Highway. Tesla provides Tesla Model S and Model X owners free access to their network. Most network would require a RFID card for payment and access to the charge points. The networks too have their own apps.
These aggregated charge point apps generally allow you to selects or register your electric vehicle and helps you find the charging points that are compatible to your vehicle. They will also display live data on the of availability or status of the charge points and can allows reporting to the owners if faulty. Charge points vary by type charging speed (slow, fast, AC, DC) and connectors. Users can even add photos of the charge point to the app and rate and review the charge points.
For people who are not EV car owners but may want to enjoy a zero emissions journey, there is the option of EV car clubs.
E-Car is UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use EV car club in the UK, now part of Europcar. They offer last minute self-service booking via their app and you can access the car by holding the membership card on the windscreen and the door unlocks. They operate a mixed-use model and partner with business parks, local authorities and universities. They are also the world’s first equity crowdfunding exit when acquired by Europcar in 2015, proving a great success for the cleantech crowdfunding market.
Other alternatives include Co-wheels Car Club which is a social enterprise with a bigger fleet of low-emissions electric cars, hybrids and vans for rental.
The benefit of allowing people to try out a range of electric cars is that this will encourage people to buy electric cars which will help accelerate the move towards EV.
For those who are not into the driving, there are services out there to access EV. Gliide is a London-based taxi service apps that work with a fleet of Teslas. Thrive another taxi service app operates with a fully electric vehicle fleet composed of Chinese manufactured EV’s BYD. Bookings and payments are done via the app. Newcomers Hoopoe-Electric also operate a small fleet of Teslas.
EV Secondary Market
We can also expect the rise of the secondary market for EV-related items. Online marketplaces such as Eco-Car.net where people buy and sell EVs and related accessories such as EV cables will continue to grow, not to mention the emergence of the second hand EV battery market when this battery capacity becomes not road worthy but good enough to be repurposed for home energy storage e.g. Project Aceleron.
So let us know what you think of the EV market. Are there any new EV related services that you have seen?
If you have missed it, head back to read here:
Day 1 of XMas — Food Waste Apps
Day 2 of XMas — Air Quality Apps
Day 3 of XMas — Transport Services
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