New Book: Our Household Energy Transition

I have just released my latest book:
Our Household Energy TransitionBecoming a Fossil Fuel Free Family.  You can download this from the ‘Downloads’ or ‘Household’ tabs on the yellow bar at the top of the page.  You can also view an embedded version of this book at the ‘Households’ tab.  This book describes our journey, so far, to fossil fuel freedom.

cover pictureI always intended this site to simply be a repository of books/reports that I produce from time to time.  Over the past four years the scope of my work has broadened: I started out in 2012 producing the first of my three books on the carbon footprint of aviation; I then moved on to electric vehicles; and now I have released my fifth book.  While all the books are on related topics, for ease of access I’m placing new material on separate pages.

The aviation carbon footprinting material is still the most commonly viewed information on this site and I am therefore giving this the easiest access – you can view some of this material from the ‘Recent Posts’ links to the right or by scrolling down the home page.  Alternatively you can use the ‘Aviation’ tab on the yellow bar at the top of all pages on the site.  The tab bar also gives access to the ‘Electric Vehicles’ and the ‘Household’ material.  All my publications are accessible from the ‘Downloads’ tab.

3 thoughts on “New Book: Our Household Energy Transition

  1. Hi Dave,

    Thoroughly enjoyable read, my household has gone through much of the same decisions. Biggest difference that springs to mind is our hot water heating. I chose 3ph instant heaters to avoid 1,5kWh loss of the storage tank. I like your metaphor/comparison ‘new kitchen’. We actually have a new kitchen (increased the mortgage 🙂
    Since I refuse to fly as long as there is no kerosine tax this saves me some holiday money: all PV, heat pump, insulation, EV (2nd hand) etc. paid in/over a three year period.
    Wish I knew about infrared heating before. Might have sped up my journey. Certainly deserves more attention.

    If you follow the link below you’ll see me in front of my 1,3kW heat pump and two pv inverters. Text in Dutch, but you’ll be able to guess what it’s about I’m sure.
    Warmest regards,

    Nico Lilien
    Stolwijk the Netherlands

    • Hi Nico

      Many thanks for the positive response. Obviously you’re on a similar journey – you’ve achieved a lot! It’s been really encouraging over the past few weeks reading the responses on the energy blogs – seems like there’s a lot of people out there all heading in the same direction!! Thankfully we are not all taking the same road – there are lots of different types of equipment (/energy routes) which can use to get us to the same place.

      For me the EV and the house battery is where it all comes together. I think that when we can easily use the EV as the house battery we will have more or less reached fossil fuel freedom for the family. I don’t think this is too far away!

      All the best


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