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Questions to spark our thoughts on best way forward for environment

26 February 2017
Questions to spark our thoughts on best way forward for environment

Questions to spark our thoughts on best way forward for environment

26 February 2017

2017 – We are living in interesting times, environmentally speaking. Change is in the air, things are in flux, leading to who knows where?


Be vigilant to ensure you get the best value from your direct debit

29 January 2017
Be vigilant to ensure you get the best value from your direct debit

Be vigilant to ensure you get the best value from your direct debit

29 January 2017

Last week, I visited a family that had got themselves into financial difficulties.


Listen to this – it’s time to change your lightbulbs

27 November 2016
Listen to this – it’s time to change your lightbulbs

Listen to this – it’s time to change your lightbulbs

27 November 2016

Getting my kids to turn the lights off has been a real struggle over the years.


Efficient businesses can help take sting out of the tail of energy crisis

02 October 2016
Efficient businesses can help take sting out of the tail of energy crisis

Efficient businesses can help take sting out of the tail of energy crisis

02 October 2016

I am not sure if this has ever been done before in print, but I would like to claim a World First in this month’s article.


‘Scrap’ checklist for your waste

28 August 2016
‘Scrap’ checklist for your waste

‘Scrap’ checklist for your waste

28 August 2016

A cautionary tale and hopefully some useful advice. Back in this column 2013, I highlighted waste laws which affected householders when the employ traders to do work for them.


Time for de-cluttering the body and the mind

26 June 2016
Time for de-cluttering the body and the mind

Time for de-cluttering the body and the mind

26 June 2016

Some of you may know about spoofs of what are termed “modern day adult problems”.


Diners and caterers need to find appetite for healthy menu choices

01 May 2016
Diners and caterers need to find appetite for healthy menu choices

Diners and caterers need to find appetite for healthy menu choices

01 May 2016

Let me stray into territory where everyone has an opinion – and that’s eating out.


Allow energy dinosaurs to become extinct and switch your supplier

27 March 2016
Allow energy dinosaurs to become extinct and switch your supplier

Allow energy dinosaurs to become extinct and switch your supplier

27 March 2016

Last week, on St Patrick’s Day, the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) published the findings of its two year investigation into the functioning of the energy supply market.


Renewable energy will require nurturing

28 February 2016
Renewable energy will require nurturing

Renewable energy will require nurturing

28 February 2016

We are all fundamentally irrational beings. We make decisions every day based on our own skewed sense of the world and frame our justifications accordingly.


Checking out the flood risk to your home helps to save for a rainy day

31 January 2016
Checking out the flood risk to your home helps to save for a rainy day

Checking out the flood risk to your home helps to save for a rainy day

31 January 2016

Looking back at winter 2015, I found it very difficult to use the greeting “turned out nice again” when discussing the weather.


GREEN VIEW: Helping communities with renewable energy

26 April 2015
GREEN VIEW: Helping communities with renewable energy

GREEN VIEW: Helping communities with renewable energy

26 April 2015

Back in May last year, I raised the potential for communities to become energy generators. The big Big 6 energy companies currently dominate the consumer energy market but changes are happening with some far-reaching opportunities for community energy ownership. Let me tell you more…


GREEN VIEW: Simple solutions to energy problems

01 March 2015
GREEN VIEW: Simple solutions to energy problems

GREEN VIEW: Simple solutions to energy problems

01 March 2015

Good news, energy costs are coming down. Or so we are told. The global oil price has fallen by more than 40 per cent since June, when it was $115 a barrel – apologies to those who do not use dollars or measure things in oil barrels, so think of an oil barrel as 35 UK Gallons or 280 pints.


GREEN VIEW: A chance to learn how to ‘drive smarter’

01 February 2015
GREEN VIEW: A chance to learn how to ‘drive smarter’

GREEN VIEW: A chance to learn how to ‘drive smarter’

01 February 2015

A month on and my new regime is taking shape. Twice a week I travel into work by bus, two days I share the car with my wife and one day I try to work at home. Well, that’s the plan.