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The Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, has given planning permission for the first new nuclear power station to be built in nearly 20 years. The approved site is near the current one at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
This is the first step in agreeing the new nuclear power station, which if built, will consist of two new reactors which should produce enough electricity for 5 million homes.
It is being hailed by the government as a great low carbon alternative to other forms of power generation.
Edward Davey stated in his blog yesterday: “My job as Energy and Climate Change Secretary is to both power the country and protect the planet.” adding “Nuclear power delivers on both of these objectives.”
While the production of nuclear energy is undoubtedly ‘greener’ in terms of emissions, does the problem of disposing of the waste produced by nuclear power create a long-term problem which negates the benefits of the current production. It could be that the Minister’s argument is simply ‘Greenwash’ – attempting to put a green spin on a situation that is not actually green at all.
We recognise that the government has to make some uneasy choices, as our energy producing infrastructure ages. Most existing nuclear power stations and around 20% of the other power generating plants will have to close in the next 10 years. However having said that the alternative to investing in our ‘home generated’ power, (whether that is nuclear power or other forms of energy generation) is to buy it from companies overseas, which cannot make financial sense.
We would be really interested to know what you think about new nuclear power stations, you can leave comments here on our blog or head over to our DIY Doctor facebook page and let us have your thoughts.
Mike Edwards from DIY Doctor will be on stage at the NEC for the National Home Building and Renovating Show this week. The show starts on Thursday and runs until Sunday.
There will be lots of seminars, shows, talks, experts and stands for you to visit if you can make it. We also have some free tickets to give away – and you can get these by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
They are printable tickets – so it’s not too late!
In the mean time here is a short video with a few DIY tips to get you in the mood for what you might see.
Our Demo team will will be off to set up for the show from tomorrow so wish us luck. It is always a mad scramble to get everything up and running in time for the show, and it is always incredible to watch the number of exhibitors getting in to build their stands while the hall team put in electrics and lay carpets, all at top speed to ensure the doors can open to the public on time.
We will keep you up to date on our progress and what is on at the show using twitter, so please follow us there @diydoctor.
Do also come and see us on the Tricks of the Trade stage where Mike will be talking about How to Skim Plaster, how to tile Bathrooms, and giving advice on avoiding cowboy builders.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change have announced figures for the take-up of the Green Deal for February 2013
After a very slow start in January 2013 the Green Deal seems to have finally hit the public consciousness, and people are now booking assessments to see if it is worth them carrying out energy-saving works to their homes.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), nearly two thousand property assessments were carried out by the end of February this year. There was also an increase in contractors registering to carry out works under the Green Deal. There are now forty firms registered as providers, and 629 installers who have been approved for the scheme.
Key points Released by the DECC
(to the end of February 2013)
1,803 GD Assessments had been lodged (Chart 1 – see below)
77 GD Assessor Organisations and the 619 GD advisors they employ had been accredited
£26.9 million worth of contracts had been let through the ECO brokerage system
Chart 1 – Number of GD Assessments lodged, by month
If you want to find out more about what the Green Deal is, or how to get a free Energy Assessment on your home please go to our Green Living Section for more information.
Click here to go to our Green Living Section for Energy Assessments, Green Energy Options, and an explanation of the Green Deal.
Image is taken from and is a link to Mike’s Smiths blog on Harry
Harry Greene passed away on the 4th March, aged 90. He is perhaps best known for his popular TV series Dream Home, shown in the 1980′s.
The premise of the show was to completely overhaul a run-down house. Harry persuaded Greg Dyke at TV AM to buy a rather derelict property so that they could film the building processes involved in renovating and converting it, before it was given away as competition prize by the television company. (I wonder if the winners are still in it?)
Working for the BBC he then televised building a house from scratch in the car park of the Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, it was called On the House, remember that?
His shows were the forerunners for all the popular shows we see on our TV these days, shows like Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces owe a debt of gratitude to Harry.
Reading about him on his son-in-law, Mike Smith’s blog we understand he also presented on the QVC shopping channel for 10 years, that is not a channel we tend to tune into, but I bet he was brilliant at selling all the new gadgets and gismos.
I was also really interested to hear that his name was actually Harry Greenhouse, which seems so apt given the area of work he was in – he could only have been a gardener, to make it more appropriate! He shortened his name for showbiz purposes, to make it more memorable, displaying his unerring ‘personal touch’.
So we salute you Harry, and we take heart in the fact that DIY obviously leads to a long and productive life.
If you want to read more about Harry – click on the image at the top of the page.
We are happy to announce the winner of the Roberts Solar DAB radio
The Great Green Climate Challenge was started during Climate week, last week. We are really pleased to have received 23 pledges from companies and individuals to save a total of around 1,476 kilograms of Carbon Dioxide.
Hopefully the changes our pledgers made will encourage them to keep making these energy saving measures through the rest of the year.
You may remember that as an encouragement to make a pledge during Climate Week we offered our readers a chance to win a Solar-powered Radio.
‘And the winner is …’
Congratulations to Aoife who pledged to Veg Out – avoiding eating meat for two months form the date of her pledge. Her individual contribution could save as much as 55kg of Carbon Dioxide. Her name was pulled out of the hat by Charlotte from Be Energy Smart and her prize is already winging its way to her, courtesy of Green Reviews.
Green Reviews is a website specialising in reviewing Green products, you may want to check out what they recommend if you are thinking of making a new purchase and want to make it a greener one.
It has been great swapping stories with our partners in this Great Green Climate Challenge, which was set up for us by Charlotte from Be Energy Smart. You might want to check out the Be Energy Smart blog for news from her on how she is getting on with her own energy-saving pledges, or you can take advantage of their Free online Energy Assesment Tool, if you are thinking of carrying out some energy saving home improvements.
If you decide you want to make energy saving changes to your house then why not read our project on how to fit loft insulation. Did you know that all our projects also have a list of related projects? They are listed in a box in the left-hand column, with quick links to each page. Hopefully this helps you to read all the useful information you need when researching home improvement jobs.