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Crown Environmental Capital Management Articles - Households to claim green energy grants - Rehash Clothes

Households to claim green energy grants


South Ayrshire householders could claim up to £1200 to install green energy upgrades to their homes.


The Green Homes Cash back scheme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust, means each South Ayrshire household could be eligible for the funding towards installing a new boiler, insulation or other energy efficiency measures.

Energy Saving Trust figures show 31 per cent of Scots householders have an interest in installing double glazing, 37 per cent are interested in fitting insulation to their home and 22 per cent would consider investing in a new energy efficient boiler.


Mike Thornton, Director, Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “The Green Homes Cash back scheme gives grants to South Ayrshire householders who invest to make their home – and Scotland – a greener place to live. The scheme is also open to people who rent property, as long as they have their landlord’s permission.


“And anyone who submits a claim through the scheme before 31 December 2013 will also receive up to £150 towards the cost of the assessment through which applicable measures are recommended, making this a great time to put in insulation or upgrade your heating system.”

The Scottish Government’s Green Homes  Cash back scheme lets householders claim: up to £500 for insulation measures including loft, cavity or solid wall; up to £400 to replace an old boiler and up to £300 for other measures (such as glazing, LED lighting and heating controls).


Mr. Thornton added: “A great example of how this money could be used is loft insulation – the £500 cash back could pay for the entire cost of fitting the insulation to an average three-bed semi, which can save householders up to £180 a year on their heating bills.


“They say you don’t get something for nothing, but the cash back scheme really is money in the bank for those installing energy efficiency measures.”

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “It is our belief that everyone in Scotland should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat. Rising energy bills are a huge concern for this government, and fuel poverty is an absolute scandal in an energy rich country like Scotland. I would urge anyone who would like to reduce their energy bills to contact Home Energy Scotland hotline from the Scottish Government on 0808 808 2282 or visit homeenergyscotland.org as soon as possible to find out more.


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text 2013-09-06 04:10
Crown Eco Movellas | How to cut the cost of your energy bills | BBC

Energy costs are rising. Annual fuel bills for the average household have reached £1,420, according to the energy regulator Ofgem. So how can you cut the cost of yours?


These are some basic ways of making your home more energy efficient and saving money.


1. Put a jacket on | If you have an uninsulated hot water cylinder, you could save money by fitting a tank jacket. You can also insulate exposed pipework around the cylinder and boiler. The materials for the whole lot will cost you around £25. You can fit everything yourself and save about £60 a year.


2. Get in control | Installing a room thermostat (if you don't have one) will save you around £70 a year. You can then make savings by using your controls more effectively. Decide when you want the heating to come on, only heat the areas in your home where it's needed and decide on a temperature. Turning down your room thermostat by just one degree will save around £65 a year.


3. Destroy draughts | Check for gaps around your doors, windows, floor, chimney or anywhere heat may be escaping. Use draught-proofing products for the doors and windows, fit a chimney draught excluder or use sealed fire guards. Also seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant. Depending on the size of your home these materials cost up to £160. It will take around two years for this investment to pay for itself - savings are up to £75 a year.


Other environmental write-ups >>> International Relation Stream, Eco Management


4. Check up top | Double-check your loft insulation to see if it needs to be replaced or topped-up. If your loft has nothing in place, 270mm of insulation can save you up to £180 a year. Topping up your loft insulation from 100mm to 270mm can save you around £25.


5. Turn it off | Electricity switches | The average family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn appliances off ( if they aren't doing it already). If you turn a light off for even a few seconds, you'll save more energy than it takes to switch on again. That applies to all light bulb types. Nearly all electrical appliances can be turned-off at the plug without upsetting their systems. The only exceptions are satellite and digital TV recorders. They should be left plugged-in for recording programmes. 


Check the instructions on any appliances you're not sure about.


6. Take care in the kitchen | you can save another £40 a year with careful use of kitchen appliances. Set your washing machine to wash at 30C. Only use your tumble dryer when you can't dry clothes outside. Don't fill your kettle to the top, just boil the amount of water you need. It's estimated three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, wasting £68m a year in energy costs.


7. Change your head | A family of four will save around £75 a year by installing an eco-showerhead. They can cut your hot water use with no noticeable difference and are being given away free by some water companies. They can be used if your shower takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank.


8. Get the right light | Most of us have changed from traditional light bulbs to energy saving ones. But there is now a range of lower energy bulbs that you can install to save you more money. Even halogen spot lights can be replaced - the new LED (light emitting diode) bulbs are bright enough to do the job. They are priced between £4 and £20 and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings. If your supermarket doesn't stock them, most DIY stores do. The Energy Saving Trust recommended logo can give an indication of light quality and durability.


For the average household, changing all bulbs would cost around £125. The low energy versions would last longer and save around £60 a year.

Source: www.movellas.com/en/group/bullettingtopic/201309060446204046/201309030825453223
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url 2013-09-06 02:00
Thermal Solutions' Evolution Boilers Make a "Big Splash" at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

Great Wolf Lodge is North America's largest family of indoor waterpark resorts. Of the twelve (12) locations in the United States and Canada, Thermal Solutions has nearly forty (40) boilers and water heaters installed in eight (8) of those locations. To highlight one is the Niagara Falls Lodge & Waterpark. This four story, year-round full service resort has 406 suites and features 660,000 gallons of rides and slides in a 103.000 square foot indoor water park complete with 13 water slides, an enormous 118,000 gallon wave pool, 132,000 gallon winding lazy river, 3 hydro massage pools, several additional activity pools and structures. As construction began in building this new site, Great Wolf Lodge's initiatives as a green hotel was to save energy and water while reducing waste. One of the companies teaming up with Enbridge Gas

Distribution to take on this challenge was E.J. Walsh, our local sales representative in Ontario. After reviewing the heating needs of both the building and pool, five (5) Evolution non-condensing boilers, each sized at 3,000,000 btuh natural gas input, were installed. Joe Krawczyk, Great Wolf Lodge's Director of Engineering explains "The Evolution boilers from Thermal Solutions have higher heating capacities but a smaller footprint. Their vertical chassis fits in less than six square feet of floor space. This energy efficient heating system could accommodate our facility's needs while providing the heat and cost savings we were after. User friendly and super quiet – less than 60 dB – these boilers are simple to operate and maintain. Operating efficiency was also a factor. These boilers operate at 88 percent efficiency rating, meaning 88 cents out of every dollar is used to create heat." EJ Walsh's Jonathan Ingram added "This waterpark can't afford for the water to be cool. The boilers we supplied come with a peace of mind factor that can't be underestimated. Great Wolf Lodge promises 83°F water, 365 days a year and we made sure that they'd be able to do just that!"

With the Evolution boilers, Great Wolf Lodge is saving nearly 29 million cubic feet of natural gas consumption a year. Therefore, with the $1.6 million expenditure made, the simple payback is estimated in 3.6 years.

About Thermal Solutions

Thermal Solutions Products, LLC has designed the Evolution high efficiency copper-finned boilers and water heaters to meet the needs of today's commercial heating requirements. The Evolution takes the very best of existing copper-finned boiler and water heater technology to the next level by incorporating a list of design features not found in all products. Real-life serviceability, exceptional heat exchanger, advanced combustion design made simple, and unique timesaving controls are all combined in a compact quick-connect package with efficiencies of up to 97%

Thermal Solutions LLC
P.O. Box 3244
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Phone: 717-239-7642
Fax: 877-501-5212
Email: sales@thermalsolutions.com





Source: news.thomasnet.com/companystory/Thermal-Solutions-Evolution-Boilers-Make-a-Big-Splash-at-Great-Wolf-Lodge-in-Niagara-Falls-Ontario-Canada-20013684
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text 2013-09-04 04:23
Edublogs - Crown environmental capital: 20 political scams that shamed India

“India has been rocked by a spate of scams in the recent past. Here is an overview of some of the most infamous scams that have hit the country over the years. Tell us which of these scams has caused the most damage to the country? “



List of 20 Political Scam


2013 Chopper scam: Better known as Choppergate, the scam involves several politicians and defence officers, who have been accused of having accepted bribes from AugustaWestland to clear a contract to supply 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters to India.


2012 Coal block allocation scam: Dubbed as Coalgate by the media, the scam once again exposed corruption in the  higher echelons of power in the country. The scandal involves allocation of the country's coal deposits to public and private sector companies by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


On the other side of the news:  Nature News, Eco Press Release


2013 Railgate: On May 3, 2013, CBI arrested  former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew, Vijay Singla, from Chandigarh for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs90 lakh from Narayana Rao Manjunath and Sandeep Goyal on behalf of Mahesh Kumar, a member of the Indian Railway Board, in exchange of getting a higher ranking position on the Railway Board.


2011 Tatra truck scam: Top officials of  Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), a defence public sector undertaking,  and the defence ministry siphoned off Rs750 crore in bribes and commissions over the past 14 years in the purchase of components for Tatra trucks.


2011 Antrix Devas deal:  The scam involves former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and three other scientists who were responsible for a controversial contract between Antrix Corporation and Devas Multimedia Private Limited on January 28, 2005. Under the deal, Antrix was to provide 70 MHz of S-Band wavelength to Devas for broadcasting purposes. This was to be done by ISRO leasing out S-band transponders in two satellites (GSAT6 and GSAT6A) to Devas.


2010 2G spectrum: One of the largest financial scams in the country, the 2G scam involves undercharging by government officials to various telecom companies during the allocation of 2G licenses for cell phone subscriptions.


2010 CWG: Among all the scams in India, the CWG scam is perhaps the only one that drew the attention of media worldwide. A day after the conclusion of the Games, the Centre announced formation of a special committee to probe allegations of corruption and mismanagement against the Organising Committee (OC).


1996 Fodder scam: Known as the mother of all scandals, though the Fodder scam had been going on for over two decades before it came to light in 1996 in the town of Chaibasa, Bihar. The scam involved fabrication of fictitious livestock for which fodder, medicines and animal husbandry equipment was supposedly procured. The animal husbandry department is said to have embezzled Rs950 crore through the scheme.


2011 Stock market scam: Ketan Parekh is a former stock broker from Mumbai, was involved in circular trading throughout the time period and with a variety of companies, including Global Trust Bank and Madhavpura Mercantile Co-operative Bank.


2009 Satyam Computer Services scandal: In this biggest scam ever to hit India’s IT sector, Chairman of Satyam Computers, B Ramalinga Raju, admitted to to doctoring the company’s balancesheets.


1992 Securities scam: Popularly know as the Big Bull, stock broker Harshad Mehta engaged in a massive stock manipulation scheme financed by worthless bank receipts, which his firm brokered in "ready forward" transactions between banks.


1980-90s Bofors scandal: The Bofors scam that took place between 1980s and 1990s had stirred a big controversy in the country as then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and several others were accused of receiving kickbacks from the now defunct Swedish arms company Bofors AB  for claring a contract to supply India's 155 mm field howitzer.


Adarsh Housing society scam: The scam involves the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society. The building, which was originally meant to be a six-storey structure for Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 31-storey highrise.


Hawala scam: The Hawala scandal or hawala scam was involved payments amounting to Rs1,000 crore allegedly received by politicians through four hawala brokers, the Jain brothers.It was alleged that terrorist outfits in Kashmir received funding by this means.


2008 cash-for-votes scandal: The scandal exposed the rampant corruption that prevails at all levels in the country. It involved the Sonia Gandhi-led UPA, which bribed MPs in order to survive a confidence vote on July 22, 2008.


Bellary mining scam: The scandal in Karnataka, which led to the resignation of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa,  involved mining barons, the Reddy brothers. It was alleged that G Karunakara Reddy and G Janardhana Reddy had paid money to bag contracts for their mining company, Obulapuram Mining Company, in Bellary.


2013 Saradha Group chit fund scam: The financial scam was caused by the collapse of a Ponzi scheme run by Saradha Group, a consortium of companies which was believed to be running a wide variety of collective investment schemes (popularly referred to as chit fund) West Bengal.


2002-2003 Taj Corridor case: In the scam, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and a minister in her government, Nasimuddin Siddiqui, were charged with corruption. The Taj Corridor project was intended to upgrade tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal and was to be implemented during her tenure as Chief Minister.


2013 Uttar Pradesh NRHM Scam: Top politicians and bureaucrats are alleged to have siphoned off Rs10,000 crore from the National Rural Health Mission, a central government scheme, meant to improve health care delivery in rural areas.


Scorpene deal scam: One of India's largest bribery scandals, in which Rs500 crore is alleged to have been paid to government decision makers by Thales, the makers of the Scorpene submarine.

Source: aeshiagordoff.edublogs.org/2013/09/04/crown-environmental-capital-management-articles-20-political-scams-that-shamed-india
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