Third Carbon Trust Survey

Just had out 3rd Carbon Survey, conducted by Paul Reading (www. ).

Targets and opportunities to look at this time are:

  1. Staff and Customer Energy Management awareness
  2. Monitoring and Targeting
  3. Reduce Energy for Catering Operations
  4. Heating Control Improvements
  5. Variable Speed Drives for pumps
  6. Consider CHP
  7. Solar Energy Options

1. Staff training is always a good thing and should permanently be on these reports to remind us that it is the people who waste energy not equipment!

2. We already have a target of 50% on our 2005 energy usage levels, and calculate against turnover, activity levels etc… Monitoring would be much easier though if “networked data loggers” were cheaper!

3. The Catering side can be responsible for large amounts of energy wastage, so more training and monitoring needs to be implemented here.

4. Heating control improvements, we are just looking at replacing our existing system with a better system at the moment.

5. Variable Speed Drive for Pumps (VSD); talk of the devil! Just after the inspection a couple of our pumps failed (2HP) and we were going to swap them for VSD pumps. However, when you work out the cost and consider the fact that they are small 2hp the payback time was ludicrously long! Sop the option failed the economic test!

6. Combined Heat and Power (CHP); I am really up for this but we recently changed our water heaters for brand new Lochinvar 98% efficient units. Shame, I really wanted to produce our own electricity.

7. Solar Energy options; the solar system needs a better control system, which we are looking into at the moment.

Running Compatibility Mode on remote .exe's, Impossible not!

I love W7, but sometimes things still go wrong. We have an acient program that runs the .exe from a network source using a VisualFoxPro DB.

It kept having occasional crashes, which is very anoying when in a reception enviroment and live production enviroment.

The answer is to run the .exe in compatability mode, but the .exe is on a romote network resource, caqn it be done?

Fortunately, W7 proves it is up for the job;

Follow the steps below:
1. Click Start.
2. Type in Troubleshooter in the Start Search.
3. Click on Programs.
4. Click on Program Compatibility.
5. Click Next.
6. Click Not Listed.
7. Enter the .exe file path in the location (this should be \remote-driveancient-softwareancient.EXE)

8. Click Try Recommended Settings

9. Settings should apply Windows Compatibility Mode: Windows XP

10. Click Next

11. Click Start the Program button, it will error as its not passing a start in location for our application

12. Click Cancel on the error messages from the premier software

13. Click Next

14. Click Yes, save these setting for this program

15. Click Close

16. Close and re-open the Ancient-Program shortcut. 🙂

Lost your homepages? Why not create a backup (of sorts!)

This happens to my profile alot, no body elese just mine, very irratating.

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Your home page is displayed when Internet Explorer first opens or when you click the Home button , and it can consist of either a single page or a set pages. Saving your current collection of home page tabs as favorites lets you keep them even if you reinstall Internet Explorer, delete the home pages, or reset Internet Explorer to its default settings.

To save home pages as favorites

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • If you’re using Internet Explorer 8, click the Favorites button, click the arrow next to the Add to Favorites button, and then click Add Current Tabs to Favorites.
  • If you’re using Internet Explorer 7, click the Add to Favorites button, and then click Add Tab Group to Favorites.
  1. Type the name you want to give to the tab group (for example, Home page backup), pick the folder you want to create the backup in, and then click Add. Your home pages are now saved as favorites.

To restore your home page tabs

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • In Internet Explorer 8, click the Favorites button.
  • In Internet Explorer 7, click the Favorites Center button .
  1. Point to your home page backup folder, and then click the arrow to the right of the folder name .
  2. Click the arrow next to the Home button , click Add or Change Home Page, click Use the current tab set as your home page, and then click Yes.

Sending Hyperlinks does not always work as a hyperlink should! Why?


I have listened to a few users at work and noticed that some people are having problems sending hyperlinks within emails.

This is often due to links for files or folders having spaces in them, I have tried to eliminate spaces in the file structure on the new server but this is not always possible when it comes to file names made by users.

A simple fix is available for this issue, simply enclose you hyperlink which is not recognised in speech marks (“  “).


You need to send a hyperlink to a hypothetical document we will call “sample document.doc” stored on say a share directory.

\shared-directoryFilessample document.doc                                           may not always go blue with an underline (i.e. Windows does not recognise the full-link as a hyperlink)

Simply adding the speech marks as prefix and sufffix.

\shared-directoryFilessample document.doc

will sort out the spaces messing up the hyperlink for you, it also makes the speech marks disappear ( I have re-added them for clarity as you can see the link has gone blue).

Print previw in IE8 is blank, why?

When a user tries to print (or preview) they get “Page 1 of 1” at the header and

file://C:Users(username)appdataLocalTempLowWZWRJKBX.htm” and the date in the footer. (The rest of the page is blank.)

Looking in the localprofile you will notice that there was no folder “Low” in that “Temp” directory, so I made an empty one (called “Low” of course, in that “…Temp” directory.). It’s all good now…hope this helps anyone else who has that problem.

The open command prompt and enter the below replacing (username) with the username.

ICACLS C:Users(username)AppDataLocalTempLow /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low

Temporary user profile loaded instead or roaming profile

Temporary user profile always loaded or user profile was manually deleted, yep! I did this alot with XP (Server 2003) and always got away with it; not

  • Backup the registry using ccleaner first or export function from regedit.
  • reboot log on as local administrator on the loacl machine (not as a domain user if you do then reboot)
  • delete all domain profiles on the computer (not your local PC domain profiles though!)

then check in C:users that they have gone.

  1. To resolve this problem yourself, follow these steps:
    1. Delete the profile by using the Computer Properties dialog box. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
      2. Click Change settings.
      3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
      4. Under User Profiles, click Settings.
      5. In the User Profiles dialog box, select the profile that you want to delete, click Delete, and then click OK.
    2. Click Start in run box type regedit in the Start search box, and then press ENTER.
    3. Locate and then expand the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList

  1. Right-click the SID that you want to remove, and then click Delete. (basically delete all the domain ones)
  2. Reboot then Log on to the computer and create a new profile.

Jinitator (JVM, Java Virtual Machine) Hangs and NVIDA graphics card.

I came across the issue below when I was building 28 workstations (nice Xmas job); the supplier ran out of ATI graphics cards and offered me some better higher spec NVIDIA GT430 video cards.

I just knew that something would go wrong, when you change spec mid-build!

There seems to be an issue with Jinitator (JVM, Java Virtual Machine) and NVida cards, the problem firmly being in NVida’s camp.

The problem you get is IE hangs when you try to run functions of a program (which requires JVM to run) from an IE8 window.

No matter what you do following the software supplied guides the issue still persists, replace “jvm.dll”, reinstall etc.. Nothing resolves the issue!

Though the problem does not exist when you use the default Motherboard video card on same machine (as long as not NVida) or a different graphics card like ATI.

After a bit of fiddling I found the issue to be the Threaded optimization in the NVida cards settings being set to Auto.

(This is in the 3D settings- manage 3D settings- program settings tab, select a program to customise (choose micrsoft IE) the set “Threaded Optimisation” is set to Auto by default (change setting to ON.))

When this is set to Auto the logon to the Java Machine program shunts graphics to the wrong location on the screen then hangs when you try to run the program.

However if I set “Threaded optimization” in nVidia for Internet Explorer panel to on or off, the “hang” does not happen!

If I set it to auto, the “hang” does happen! Strangely the auto setting on the NVida graphics card is causing the crash.

Now I set “Threaded Optimization” to ON (or OFF), the Java Virtual Machine dependent program does not fail!

Year to 31st October 2010. How did we do?

In previous years our values for CO2 produced were

2005 1005471
2006 909004 10%
2007 808851 11%
2008 767439 5%
2009 767035 0%
2010 781315 -2%

In the last year our KG CO2 has increased 2%.

Now this might look bad on the face of it without any other information, we have done all this work on efficiency and then “balls it up” in 2010.

But what has happened is that the total room stock has risen from an average of 86 rooms for 2009 to 115 for 2010, a rise of 34%, whilst room occupancy has kept steady. So we have had 30% increased activity but only increased our CO2 from fossil fuels by 2.5%.

This masked the real work we did last year in investment in staff training and plant and equipment.

So overall I am quite chuffed.

VO or Voltage Optimisation, to do or not to do?

VO or Voltage Optimisation, to do or not to do?

Basically VO (Voltage Optimisation) is a term given to the systematic controlled reduction in the voltages received by an energy consumer to reduce energy use, power demand and reactive power demand. While some voltage ‘optimisation’ devices merely reduce the voltage using a transformer, others give the end-user the ability to control and optimise their electricity supply locally, correcting voltage and power quality problems from the grid, and are designed to do so very efficiently. Voltage optimisation systems are typically installed in series with the mains electrical supply to a building, allowing all its electrical equipment to benefit from an optimised supply.

In the UK, where there is a particular problem with over-voltage, voltage optimisation as an energy conservation is growing rapidly in popularity.

So what does all that mean, well basically if you have 3Phase AC Motors, Lighting (fluorescent), electrical heaters you can get savings of 8%+, for a quite considerable investment (£40-50K+).

Is this any good for us, I have now had two decent consultants (whom I know personally, so trust their opinion) and they are in agreement with myself, VO will not benefit a property with mainly LED lighting, no electrical heaters.

Localised VO units fitted to a supply which directly feeds say for example a fluorescent lighting circuit in the gym (soon to be replaced with SMD strip lighting) will be most beneficial, and can be acquired much cheaper that a unit fitted at the main supply input; these smaller units can be bought for £2-3K each.

URGENT – This is not a circular, CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment ESS Scheme)

I got this email below today

You should have been receiving correspondence from the Environment Agency in relation to the Carbon Reduction Commitment ESS Scheme. The deadline of 30th September 2010 is fast approaching for all organisations with Half Hourly Metered Electricity supplies to complete their online registration. Please note that should you miss this deadline the penalty may be invoked of £5,000 fine imposed immediately with a further £500 per working day to a maximum of 80 working days. Based on the Half Hourly meters that TEBL administer contracts on your behalf, we believe that you are to register as an Information Declarer. You are required to only declare information and are not a full participant in the scheme. However, please ensure that you look to the highest UK parent organisation and should you believe that based on Calendar 2008 your organisation did use over the 6,000MWh’s of Half Hourly metered usage, then please contact Victoria Clarke ASAP to discuss the options and implications. Please can you look to complete the required registration via the CRC online registry on the Environment Agency Website and confirm by reply once this has been done so that we are able to update our records.

Basically no need to panic, just register on the site and you get a CRC registration number and fill out a form (information disclosure), regarding you energy usage.