Google goes green – and so can you!

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When you consider that Google.co.uk and Google.com had a massive 90.56% share of the UK search market in May of this year and that this figure was only marginally lower in the months leading up to this representative period, then it would be fair to say that on the basis of the search words we enter into our search engine Google knows quite a lot about us.

But how much do we know about Google? Which facts do you find most interesting and which most intriguing? Read More

Fighting off winter – but without carbon emissions!

Street cafe with electric heaters

I don’t know, is it just me? The wet and cold weather triggers in me an uncontrollable desire to escape the winter weather and go somewhere else – somewhere nice and warm preferably. The last vacations feel like ages ago, and I get itchy feet by the mere thought of summer, sun and beaches. Yearningly, I think back to those times when, sitting in a nice street cafe, you could at least pretend that the summer vacations weren’t over just yet…

But this is becoming increasingly difficult…when you go out these days, you invariably end up having to squeeze into already packed bars or smoky pubs – and this doesn‘t really help with the holiday mood. This is probably the reason why pubs and restaurants with outside facilities are always a lot more popular than others which do not offer that option. And pub owners up and down the country are trying to combat the biting cold with woollen blankets, hot beverages and mushroom heaters in order to attract more customers. But have you ever thought about what the avoidable luxuries of sitting outside in the middle of winter do to our environment?

I know, this is probably one of the very last things you’ll want to think about in such a cosy moment. But did you know that every single one of these mushroom heaters emits as much CO2 as a compact car? In reaction to these statistics, more and more cities all over Europe are thinking of banning or already have banned the patio heaters and the extra carbon-emissions they produce.

But fortunately this doesn’t mean that we all have to give up the Mediterranean atmosphere for good. Electric heaters are a good alternative when it comes to simulating sunnier climates – they also keep you warm and cosy, but without the harmful carbon-dioxide emissions.

And if on top of that the restaurant also switches to green electricity, both customers and the owners have already taken a large step towards reducing their carbon footprint. Cheers!

Electricity straight from the sea

Electricity from the sea is no longer a vision: the future has already begun off the coast of the Orkney Isles in the North of Scotland where the world’s largest wave test facility has been installed near the small port of Stromness, a site which was not picked for its rugged views and primeval landscapes but because it has the highest wave energy potentials in Europe, if not the world.

Huge hopes have been placed in the eco-friendly plant dubbed “Oyster” which transforms the energy produced by the waves into electricity. This incredible feat is achieved by means of flap gates anchored to the seabed which pump seawater from 10m long yellow pipes floating half a kilometre off the coast in the Atlantic through a turbine installed on land to the rhythm of the waves.

Now that the first contracts allowing sea areas to be used to generate electricity have been awarded, the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, already predicts that Scotland will one day be “the Saudi Arabia of marine energy”. In fact of the ten licences that were issued worldwide, nine were specifically for areas off the Orkney Isles.

The project is an extremely ambitious one: one of the intermittent targets that has been set is to provide 350,00 households with electricity derived from this power source by the year 2020. So just how realistic are these plans? Neil Kermode, managing director of the European Marine Energy Centre Ltd, the company providing the marine-based energy technology, has his doubts. He believes that these are still early days compared to other renewable energy alternatives like wind farming. He puts this partly down to underfunding, pointing out that it is not only seawater but also money that needs to be pumped into the project for it to succeed on such a scale.

So until the necessary steps have been taken to ensure that this revolutionary new form of inexhaustible and therefore hopefully more affordable energy is made available to people not only in the outer corners of Scotland, but also all over the world, we, the consumer, will have to continue to cut back on the amount of electricity we are using to keep our electricity bills in check. What a better a way to do this than with the BX11 energy meter, the easy-to-use, plug-in-and-monitor energy-saving device that can knock £100s of pounds off your energy bill by unearthing the greedy little appliances around your home that gobble up electricity even when they are in stand-by so that you can do something about changing your own little cosmos.

Buy a BX 11 energy meter today and make a statement that will also make a difference on your bank statement.

Infrared cameras unmask leaks the human eye fails to see

save energy with infrared cameras

An infrared camera is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. One of its outstanding features is its ability to detect energy leaks in buildings using infrared technology and to make these leaks visible to the naked eye.

Infrared cameras can be used to create thermal images or real-time video sequences of the outer walls of buildings or the rooms inside in order to allow you to determine where the chinks and gaps in your building’s insulation are so that immediate steps can be taken to remedy the situation and cut spiralling energy costs.

The thermal images which the camera generates reveal a fascinating colour spectrum which clearly distinguishes between cold and warm spots. Warm colours like red, yellow or orange represent the warm spots, the places where warm air and precious energy is seeping out of the building. Cooler colours, like green and blue, show you where the cold spots are. These are the places where cold air is making its way into the building, often making heating futile.

Inspections which are carried out on the outside of buildings are especially effective, because they show you just where the thermal bridges and cold leaks are. Such inspections are even more effective in the colder winter months when the warmth that escapes through any leaks or cracks in the building is captured vividly in strong shades of colour by the infrared camera. Typical weak spots from an insulation point-of-view are poorly sealed windows or doors, windows and doors with simple glazing or even whole facades or roofs which have been poorly insulated.

How can I put the results of my thermal imaging camera to best use?

The results provide restoration and renovation experts with valuable information which forms the basis of their calculations and their further actions. But the results can be equally valuable for tenants and home-owners who can then decide which course of action to they need to take.

Some of the steps you need to take can be very simple:

  • Windows – by putting up heavy curtains or drapes and sealing off windows with tape or window foil you can effectively keep the cold out and keep the warmth in
  • Doors – sealing tape and door or letterbox draught excluders, including the rather sweet homemade stuffed ones, provide a particularly effective means of combatting the cold.

Knowledge is power. Knowing where the cold leaks in your house or flat are can save you endless trouble and strife. Cupboards, cabinets, commodes and beds should not be placed up against walls that have been identified as having cold leaks. For more information see our blog article

Mould and how to prevent it – 5 golden rules for tenants

Do I have to buy my infrared camera or can I hire one too?

As a tenant or home-owner you may not want to invest in an infrared camera for you might consider to be a one-off inspection. Well, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. Our infrared cameras are also for hire.

TKL , the hiring division of our group, has a selection of prime cameras.

Bring some colour into your life and find out where the weak spots in your home or flat are.

Cut your energy costs – with a professional infrared camera from Trotec

Exploding heating oil and natural gas prices are often the subject of heated discussions – especially now during the colder months of the year. Heat is a valuable commodity and heat loss a luxury which many people simply can’t afford. What better a way then to stop valuable heat from seeping out of your home than by routing out the leaks and cracks which wear on your nerves – and on your pocket!

Up to now, conventional methods used to locate leaks in lofts, walls, windows and ceilings were both time-consuming and costly. But times have changed and now you can detect the weak spots in your house’s insulation using non-destructive, cutting-edge infrared technology! The professional infrared cameras in the IC-Series are excellently suited for finding cold gaps, areas where mould can easily flourish and structural  deficiencies – especially at this time of the year when thermographic inspections carried out on your property can quickly point to the places where heat is being unnecessarily emitted in order for you to be able to determine the extent of work that has to be carried out on the façade of your house or roof, for example.

Trotec has a wide range of infrared cameras designed especially to suit a whole range of professional applications and individual requirements. Buy your fully-equipped infrared camera now – ideal for home owners, energy consultants, property administrators and real estate and housing managers.

Find out more the top-quality infrared cameras in the IC-Series and save on your heating bills this winter and next!

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Go here to find out all you need to know about the infrared cameras in the IC-Series…

Air conditioning unit PAC 3500: Now having energy efficiency class A

Air conditioning unit PAC 3500
Air conditioning unit PAC 3500

Air conditioning units don’t have to be electricity gobblers. The best example is the mobile air conditioning unit PAC 3500 of our latest generation of devices. This monoblock device awarded energy efficiency class A. So the PAC 3500 has got a very high cooling capacity and a very low energy consumption.

But listen up…

The efficiency of a PAC 3500 can be increased by an AirLock 100, our latest product. It’s a window seal with a gap where the exhaust hose has to be put. So the window is sealed and hot air and insects have to stay outside.

More information on the mobile air conditioning unit PAC 3500