(I was later persuaded that I didn't need such heavy-handed use of colour!
And yes, here's the missing image
from that broken link from 2007!)
Now, something like 10 years after that 1-pager idea,
Earth Notes is well over 100 pages, has been cited in research papers
and newspapers, has been used as a data source by government departments
and electric car/storage bods (in both those cases for PV generation data),
has its own Twitter feed (@EarthOrgUK) with about 54,000 tweets so far,
and is still going strong as of
The site boilerplate and styling can now evolve much faster.
The site is HTML5+CSS and responsive,
and the mobile version delivers a tweaked faster version for smaller
screens and small connections, though still responsive. Moving on from
rat-proofing the compost heap to bug-proofing the pile of HTML, the site
build tools warn quickly of overly large or small or missing or broken key
elements, making maintaining a bigger site acceptably efficient and robust.
The thinking behind the site eventually had me
lead a smart heating workshop at the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change in late 2012,
and start the Open-Source Thermostatic Radiator Valve (OpenTRV) project in 2013
with the aim of knocking several percent off Europe's carbon footprint
(and several £billion annually off home heating bills).
That's been an interesting journey that has been the most fun running a
start-up in 30 years, learning all sorts of new business and manufacturing
and marketing and money-raising skills, all started from a page about
compost. As someone sharing my Yorkshire upbringing might say:
"Where there's muck, there's brass."
I’ve been following your site for years now. GT, UK.
I’ve been looking through your website, I’m amazed at how much information there is on it! And great achievements with your Zero Low Carbon home. RS, UK.
Good on ya for your efforts and interesting website. RP, US.
What [a] great resource!!! TE, UK.
I've found the info and articles at earth.org.uk really useful - thanks. TK, UK.
Love what you are doing and the fantastic data sets you have made available. Well done! RF, US.
... You have inspired me to get Solar panels. PF, UK.
I recently stumbled across your quite fantastic website... AE, UK.
I've been reading your site for the last couple of years and think it is excellent. PF, UK.
Thanks for your wonderful website - I look at it a lot. A, UK.
... thanks again for your great site, I look forward to reading the rest of it and learning even more. JM, UK.
It's very refreshing to see something that outlines the benefits, drawback[s] and the options in such a non-judgemental way... JS, US.
... some very useful & interesting info... GR, UK.
... a great resource when it comes to cutting your power consumption. MS, UK, via Twitter.
This is a fantastic comprehensive site. I have found a whole load of interesting stuff from it. JC, Wales.