More Work on Far Infrared (FIR) Heating

Over the first three months of this year I’ve been been delving further into FIR heating.

I have produced a short document which describes what I have been doing.


This document covers two topics. First of all, I talk about a very simple ‘poster’ FIR heater which I have imported from Europe: it weighs about 400g and rolls up just like a poster – this is a very interesting device. For some time now I’ve been thinking about how to improve the temperature control of FIR heaters – in the second part of the document I describe my testing of two potential controllers.

2016 Annual Report on our energy transition

About a year ago I laid out our plans for becoming a fossil fuel free family in my book ‘Our Household Energy Transition: Becoming a Fossil Fuel Free Family.’

Its now one year on (Feb 2017): we’re going well and are still on track to being fossil fuel free within the next few years.

You can find my 2016 Annual Report here.

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I’ve included some more details at the ‘Household’ tab.

Far Infrared Heating Panels: Beautiful Heat; Low Energy

Over the past five months of the Canberra winter we’ve been heating our house using Far Infrared (FIR) heating panels.

 I’ve prepared a report assessing the heating performance which you can access from here.

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In just a few words I believe FIR heating is brilliant – gorgeous thermal comfort and extremely energy efficient.

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.

Carbon Footprint of Global Scheduled Domestic Passenger Flights 2012

I have just completed the third book in my aviation carbon footprinting trilogy.  My new book – Aviation Carbon Footprint: Global Scheduled Domestic Passenger Flights 2012 – focuses on the carbon footprint of global domestic aviation but it also captures key elements of the footprint of international aviation.  My previous book examined the carbon footprint of international aviation.  Together these two books provide a picture of the total carbon footprint of global scheduled passenger flights in 2012.

In order to facilitate comparisons between footprints my new book uses the same computational method and reporting style as the earlier books in the trilogy.  In a similar manner to the earlier books, this document is designed as a resource for researchers, industry analysts, policy developers & interested members of the public.

Carbon Footprint Profile Generators – tools which let the user generate carbon footprint information for all the countries, airports & airlines which were involved in scheduled passenger flights in 2012 – can be downloaded from the downloads page.

This is a free ebook and you can download a pdf version via the ‘Downloads’ tab at the top of the page.

Download Files from this Site

To date the arrangements for downloading my reports and other work have been less than ideal. I have now created a ‘Downloads’ page which can be accessed from the tab in the yellow bar at the top of the page.

All the material I have generated and highlighted in my blogs can be downloaded from there.

Carbon Footprint Profile Generators

Today I’ve released three new tools which allow the user to generate carbon footprint profiles for global scheduled international passenger flights in 2012. I used this dashboard style concept to summarise carbon footprints throughout my book Aviation Carbon Footprint: Global Scheduled International Passenger Flights – 2012. The tools are simple applications which let the user generate ‘one click’ carbon footprint profiles for all the countries, airports and airlines which were in the database that I used to produce the book (221 countries, 1,274 airports and 492 airlines).

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Image of Countries Carbon Footprint Profile (click image to enlarge)

These are Microsoft Excel applications and only work with Excel 2010 and Excel 2013. Due to some incompatibilities between these two versions of Excel I have generated separate files for the two different versions.
The files for the generators are free and can be downloaded via the ‘Downloads’ tab at the top of the page.