Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – report

By Anne workforce / October 22, 2019

Energy agency says solar power will drive faster than forecast growth in renewables

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years.

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Period of debt-fuelled expansion ‘may have caused Thomas Cook collapse’

By Anne workforce / October 19, 2019

Institute of Directors advises MPs investigating firm’s downfall to look at tenure of former CEO Manny Fontenla-Novoa

The debt-fuelled expansion of Thomas Cook between 2007 and 2011 may have caused its downfall, the Institute of Directors has said, as the tour operator’s former bosses prepare to give evidence to MPs investigating its implosion.

The business, energy and industrial select committee will question former chief executives Manny Fontenla-Novoa and Harriet Green on Wednesday, building on evidence given last week by directors who were in charge when the travel agent collapsed.

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Walmart takes on Amazon by letting employees deliver groceries direct to people’s fridges

By Anne workforce / October 16, 2019

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Walmart employees can now deliver groceries directly to customers’ refrigerators when they aren’t home.
The new Walmart InHome Delivery service, which was announced at Walmart’s shareholder’s meeting in June, was officially rolled out on Tuesday. CNBC was first to report the news.
It is currently limited to customers in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Vero Beach.
Walmart workers gain access to customers’ homes using smart-lock technology controlled from a mobile phone. These employees are fitted out with a camera that records the delivery process and customers are able to live stream this video.
Amazon is already offering similar in-home delivery services.In the past three years, it has rolled out in-home delivery, in-car delivery, and most recently in-garage delivery.
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Competition in the US grocery sector is heating up.

Walmart has officially launched its new in-home delivery service for customers in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Vero Beach.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Rise of renewables may see off oil firms decades earlier than they think

By Anne workforce / October 16, 2019

Pace of progress raises hope that fossil fuel companies could lose their domination

Eight ideas for reining in the fossil fuel industry

The world’s rising reliance on fossil fuels may come to an end decades earlier than the most polluting companies predict, offering early signs of hope in the global battle to tackle the climate crisis.

The climate green shoots have emerged amid a renewable energy revolution that promises an end to the rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, before the fossil fuels face a terminal decline.

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Spacious and green: inside Norwich’s award-winning new council houses

By Anne workforce / October 12, 2019

For residents of eco-friendly Goldsmith Street, heating bills could be as little as £150 a year

After two years living in a third-floor flat in Norwich, Alex Jenkins, her partner and two young sons moved into a new council house in December. They are not alone in their adoration for their home, with its two large bedrooms, sunny back garden and high ceilings.

Goldsmith Street, a development of 105 brick properties on the outskirts of the city centre, on Tuesday became the first social housing project to be awarded the Stirling architecture prize. The judges hailed the development, owned wholly by the city council, as a “modest masterpiece”, saying it represented “high-quality architecture in its purest, most environmentally and socially conscious form”.

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Inside Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city

By Anne workforce / October 12, 2019

Green growth and ‘hedonistic sustainability’ have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 – and so far it’s all going according to plan

“We call it hedonistic sustainability,” says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the £485m Amager Resource Centre (Arc), Copenhagen’s cutting-edge new waste-to-energy power plant. “It’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for life.”

Skiing is just one of the activities that Simonsen, Arc’s chief executive, and Bjarke Ingels, its lead architect, hope will enhance the latest jewel in Copenhagen’s sustainability crown. The incinerator building also incorporates hiking and running trails, a street fitness gym and the world’s highest outdoor climbing wall, an 85-metre “natural mountain” complete with overhangs that rises the full height of the main structure.

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The best space heaters for your home, dorm, or office

By Anne workforce / October 11, 2019

 

A great space heater can make the bitter cold of winter bearable, and the Trustech Ceramic Space Heater is our top pick because it’s affordable, programmable, and it heats up quickly.

If you don’t have central heating, or do but don’t want to use all that energy, then a space heater is a great way to ensure you keep nice and warm during those long winter months. Space heaters will keep you warm in your frigid office, that one cold room in your house, or your chilly dorm room.

There are plenty of space heaters to choose from, so you might have to do a little research to find the right one for your needs. Thankfully, we’ve done the research for you to find the best space heaters you can buy. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Room size: You’ll want to think about the size of your room. Space heaters can often only do so much, and if you’re trying to heat a huge room, you may want to consider buying a larger space heater. Likewise, if you’re largely going to use the device in a smaller room, then perhaps save some money and energy and go for a smaller space heater.
Energy efficient models: Additionally, some space heaters are built specifically to be energy-efficient and buying one of those options means you could save a little money on your monthly energy bill. Plenty of those energy-efficient heaters are high-quality, too, and they will heat your room just as well as any non-energy-efficient heater.
Portability: While you may not be taking your space heater out of your house often, you may still need to move it from room to room. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure that it’s relatively easy to move.

Last but not least, you’ll want to consider what the space heater looks like. Sure, that may not be as important as offering heat, but the fact is that a space heater could well become a piece of furniture in your house, and as such, it should be able to fit in with the rest of your furniture reasonably well.

Here are the best space heaters you can buy:

Best space heater overall: Trustech Ceramic Space Heater
Best small space heater: Lasko 754200 heate
Best high-end space heater: Dyson AM09 heater
Best space heater fan: Vornado AVH2 Plus heater
Best stylish space heater: Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater

Updated on 10/10/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated formatting, prices, and links. 

The best space heater overall
Trustech

The Trustech Ceramic Space Heater puts out warm air within three seconds of being switched on and can be programmed to run from one to 12 hours.

If you’ve got a cold office, bedroom, or nursery on your hands, when do you want your space heater to get to work warming it up, in a few minutes, or right this very second? While the Trustech Ceramic Space Heater might not be able to help warm things up in one second, give this plucky little unit three seconds, and you’ll begin to feel warm air.

Its ceramic heating elements warm up quickly and its built-in fan starts blowing out heated air that can rapidly raise the ambient temperature in a midsized room.

The Trustech space heater can produce air cooled down to 59º Fahrenheit (ambient temperature permitting) or as warm as 85º Fahrenheit, and it can be programmed to run for anywhere between one and 12 hours, or simply left switched on.

Don’t worry about it overheating, either, as it has an automatic shutoff feature that kicks in if it reaches too high a temperature. It will also shut down if tipped over. While running, the heater can be focused in one direction or set to oscillate, evenly heating a larger space.

And what’s that you say? Your Trustech Ceramic Space Heater must be broken because it keeps on blowing air for 30 seconds after you switched it off? Nope, that’s just another safety feature. It blows cool air across its heating element for a half a minute after switched off to ensure minimal risk of injury or fire.

Just note that a few Amazon reviewers did complain about its noisy fan and the less than intuitive temperature control button, which requires cycling all the way up to the top temperature to reach lower temps. — Steven John

Pros: Heats up rapidly, oscillation option, multiple safety features

Cons: Noisy fan, clunky temp control button

The best small space heater
Lasko

The Lasko 754200 heater isn’t just super affordable, it’s also easy to use and offers a number of different modes and adjustable thermostat.

The Lasko 754200 heater is all the heater you need. Even though it is small and relatively basic, this tiny space heater can warm an entire room quickly. It’s also super compact and easy to store when you’re not using it, making it perfect for use in smaller apartments, dorms, and offices. Lasko’s heater is so cheap that you could get one for each room in your house if need be and still not pay as much as you would for an oil-filled radiator.

It’s a simple looking space heater that should fit in fairly well. At the very least, it’s small enough that it won’t dominate the room. It’s also pretty compact, coming in at only 9.2-inches tall, so it’s easy to move from room to room.

In terms of features, Lasko kept it simple. You get variable temperature settings and a variety of heating modes. The power switch doubles as a way to control the different modes and there’s also an adjustable thermostat so you can customize the temperature. The different modes include high heat, low heat, and fan only.

Insider Picks guides editor Malarie Gokey tested the Lasko heater in her New York apartment when a major cold snap kicked in, and she loved it. It easily heated up most of her one bedroom apartment and it was the perfect size to use in her tiny bathroom to keep it cozy.

The only downsides are that the heater doesn’t offer some of the timing and programming features that you might get from other heaters, and because it’s fan-operated, it might be a little loud at times. Other than that, Lasko’s heater is a great buy.

Pros: Extremely affordable, easy-to-use basic features, portable, warms up any room or office

Cons: Fan-based so could be noisy, a little basic

The best high-end space heater
Dyson

The Dyson Bladeless Heater isn’t just a great heater and air conditioner — it’s beautifully designed, too, so it’ll fit well in any room.

Dyson may be best known for its vacuums, but the company makes other things, too – like great space heaters. This heater may, in fact, be the most futuristic heater on the list, boasting an excellent design that will fit well in any room.

The Dyson AM09 bladeless heater uses what Dyson calls “Jet Focus,” which pushes air out in a precise and narrow path. In other words, instead of heating the whole room at once, this heater blasts hot air in one direction, so you can point it at you to keep nice and toasty. You can, of course, choose to have it heat in all directions instead, but if you need a quick blast of hot air, you’ll have Jet Focus mode up your sleeve. You’ll also get a sleep timer, so you can set a time for the heater to switch off on its own.

Perhaps one of the best things about this heater is the fact that it isn’t just a heater. It’s also an air conditioner, so you can use it during the summer to keep nice and cool, too. According to reviews, while it does produce some noise, it’s not overly loud. That’s because of its aerodynamic diffuser, which helps cut down on the fan noise.

While the Dyson AM09 heater is a great option, there are a few downsides to consider. For example, it’s a pretty expensive heater, and if you lose the remote, you won’t have access to some of the features like the sleep timer. Still, it has been pretty highly-reviewed.

Pros: Well-designed, lots of features, included remote

Cons: Expensive

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