Showing posts from September, 2019


I couldn't afford a Tesla, or perhaps I won't at the moment. It's a bit of shame as the recent Model 3 is rated as one of the best cars, yeah, not just for an EV, but for all cars. It looks awesome, is full of tech and i know i'd love it! It would handle my commute for week or two and even be good for most longer range journeys without even needing to charge away from home, let alone the awesome supercharger network. They are definitely the way forwards and the normal major brands are still struggling to get to the level of the older Model S, let alone the model 3 or the soon to be released crossover model Y that'll take the car world by storm. The sales stats for the Model 3  are epic. I totally believe in the company, their vision and for shaking up the car industry and pushing Electric Vehicles into the forefront. The BASIC model 3 is £37k, I'd prefer the awd long range at £46k and neither include the £6k autopilot. Either would be way more of a stretch tha

Carbon Offset Investing?

As per this Climate Change Youtube Video at about 14mins in mentioned something that piqued my interest. Investing in Solar for developing countries can make a huge difference in terms of reducing carbon emissions and a tonne of carbon is a tonne of carbon! Also it improves the standard of living for people, helps education and can give a return on investment. That makes it a triple WIN if not more! A swift bit of research and on   TRINE which was linked in the video sources and it has existed for a few years, there are some news stories of successful investments and it appears to be genuine.  As per ANY investing thing, due diligence is always advised and if I am honest, this is probably one of the riskier ideas in terms of capitalist ideals. Whilst Trine exists as a platform/company i'm not sure you have much comeback on them, pretty much like kickstarter, they are a facilitator and the loan becomes between you and the 3rd party. They rate them which is probably better than

Green Gas ?

OK Green electricity looks good , what about Green Gas? My estimated future gas use is 11,838 kwh - personally that seems a bit high, but whilst my home is reasonably new (2007), well insulated and with modern double glazing, it is end of terrace and tall. I've a Nest and typically get a virtual green leaf for almost every day, with it auto adjusting to save me energy (money!) - I've a gas hob, but the cooker is electric. I don't do a lot of "cooking" apart from weekend breakfast, occasional stir-frys and the odd meal to impress my partner! Natural gas is fairly low (comparatively) at 0.210 per kwh  which gives 2.5 tonnes in mainly heating - Actually given the journey with Green Electricity and OVO using natural gas for electricity generation with  204g then 210g sounds in the right ball park! So is green gas an option.....Actually yes, OVO has that as an optional upgrade: Green Gas 15% Biogas, 85% Carbon Offset.** We offset by funding worldwide projects