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Leading the way for Clean British Energy

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In line with Blue & Green Tomorrow’s soon-to-be-released Guide to Limitless Clean Energy, Ed Gill of Good Energy writes about the Clean British Energy campaign, which aims to encourage an increased adoption of home-grown renewable power.

Earlier this month, people across the country woke to an unusual sight: their city’s most iconic British statues, from Queen Victoria to Sir Alf Ramsey, decorated with oversized red, white and blue ‘CBE’ medals. The nominated ‘Best of British’ figures included pioneering industrialists, giants of science, political heavyweights, sporting legends and folk heroes, all proudly displaying their medals.

The stunt marked the launch of a new partnership between Good Energy and Friends of the Earth to promote its Clean British Energy campaign, calling on the prime minister to cut carbon emissions and create new jobs and industries by supporting home-grown energy from the sunshine, wind and water.

They’re also encouraging people to switch to Good Energy, the UK’s only 100% renewable electricity supplier.

Renewable energy sourced in the UK is better for our energy security and will lead to lower and more stable prices in the long run”, says Good Energy’s CEO, Juliet Davenport.

People need to send a strong message to the government that they’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get this right; if they blow it we’ll be tied into gas and expensive nuclear and prices will continue to spiral higher.”

And it’s not just Good Energy that think renewables are the only way forward. Recent polling by Friends of the Earth found that 85% of British people want Cameron to ditch dirty, imported fossil fuels in favour of renewable power from the UK.

When people were asked which sources of energy they would most like to see providing more of their electricity in ten years’ time, 64% backed wind, wave, solar or tidal power, while just 2% of those polled backed gas.

With the majority of British people backing renewables, it can only be a matter of time before our government is forced to act.

And one of the best-known supporters of the campaign firmly believes this: Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.

David Cameron needs to listen to the public and say ‘I’m in’ to clean British energy, opening up a multibillion pound opportunity for British businesses”, Meaden says, in a Friends of the Earth campaign video.

Gas, coal and nuclear are the technologies of the past. Our country has the skills and the talent to be world-beaters in the renewable energy technologies of right now. Friends of the Earth’s Clean British Energy campaign would switch the UK to home-grown clean power – we can’t afford not to.”

Moving to renewable generation is a fantastic opportunity to put energy in the hands of the people that use it. Since its transformation in the 1990s, the UK energy market has been dominated by six big players controlling over 99% of the energy supplied to our homes.

The big six include Spanish-owned Scottish Power, two German companies, one French and two UK listed companies.

But the introduction of the government’s feed-in tariff in 2010 was a step in the right direction. The scheme, which gives financial support to small-scale renewable electricity generators such as people with solar panels on their roof, saw 320,000 new generators enter the energy market  and brought energy directly to people’s homes and businesses, cutting out the bigger players.

It meant there were suddenly thousands of small energy market players rather than just six. It’s an inspiring model for the future of British energy.

If you’re not yet a Good Energy customer, now’s the time to switch and show you care about our energy future. And we’d love to hear about why you’ve switched to clean British energy – please post your comments.

If you’re already a Good Energy customer then please sign the petition to energy minister Ed Davey and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You can spread the word on Twitter and Facebook too, just use the hashtag #getCBE.

Ed Gill is head of external affairs at Good Energy, the UK’s only 100% renewable electricity supplier.

Further reading:

Renewable energy backed by 85% of Brits

Renewable energy: the foundation of a blue and green tomorrow

Renewables power on in UK electricity mix

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What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?

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A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

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This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

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With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

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The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy

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Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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