Glamour: it's hard to define. Some low carbon technologies, like
Tesla's electric supercar or geothermal energy from actual
volcanoes, have it. Most are a little humbler, but these less-feted
solutions have the potential to make big a big impact on our energy
use and emissions. After all, you might never own a Tesla, but you
can probably afford a thermostatic radiator valve.
After a careful and (we hope) statistically rigorous Twitter
poll and intensive discussion, we can announce our pick of the four
most boring-yet-effective low carbon technologies.
1. Temperature control
First, how about stripping it back a level? Turning down the
heating and putting on a woolly jumper - as suggested by
@drsimevans_ENDS, and mums everywhere - isn't going to get anyone
excited. But turning down the thermostat by one degree saves £65
and 260g of carbon dioxide a year, according to the Energy Saving
At the slightly techier end of the spectrum,
temperature control gadgets like thermostatic radiator
valves - TRVs to those in the know - could also help you control
temperatures in each room and save energy (@EarthOrgUK has a
project on smart heating and TRVs).