Carbon Offsets: You know it makes 'non'sense.
Suppose that a friend of yours is trying to lose weight, and he tells you, "If I eat this salad, it will be good for me. So then I can have cake for dessert." What would you tell your friend? (click here to read me - its good)
February: Delay in installation, apparently windsave are re-programming their windmills. Meanwhile windsave are refusing installation in certain areas where there is insufficient wind - well done! My trees grow sideways in a North Easterly direction, I rather think that indicates sufficient wind from the South West! - Its now Three years since I first asked to go on the waiting list!
Had the survey in October, its now Januray 2007 and I haven't heard a thing from the installers Windsave! I have emailed windsave and they said they would chase the installers but no movement - all this wind going to waste.
October 2006 - I've been given a date - Mid October - for the Installation
Survey for a Windsave turbine!
A slightly alternative look at who should consider Solar Energy
along with a few facts.
When I first looked seriously at Solar Energy - I had a house - built
in stages from 1780 through till now and was interested in the solar options
- I didn't know where to start, who to ask for advice
and what to spend.
I have achieved loads, learnt a great deal and spend too much, though
I am now starting to get some payback.
The target: A carbon neutral house, without starting from scratch, which
is warm and cheap to run.
How: By considering all aspects such as insulation, energy
saving and generation and using the most appropriate technology.
Lessons I am learning.
Though the PV is very much a case of install then forget it, any
excess electricity is sent to the grid, the Solar Thermal needs a
bit more thought.
If the boiler has heated the hot water cylinder, the solar, however
hot the sun is, won't get a chance, the solar panels shut down when
the tank reaches the preset working temperature. I've set the boiler
so that it heats the cylinder to a max of about 50C, the solar so
it goes up to 60C
The solar water heating will cope with all heating from mid May
through to the end of September
During a wet and cloudy August or July, the solar heating doesn't
quite keep up with the hot water use - wife not happy. In this case
I can't get in to recommission the boiler as the swifts have taken
up residence and they object to me spending too much time near their
chicks - 2nd brood of the year!
Its a hard water area, time to consider a water softener or some
kind of water treatment in order to keep the hot water cylinder happy.
I think that the stated energy generated doesn't seem to be matched
by the volume of hot water.
So that I use even more of the self generated solar PV electricity,
I have fitted timer switches on my freezers so that they automatically
switch off duirng the middle part of the night. these also have an
extra layer of expanded foam to keep the cold in.
Front Windows: We were planning on replacing our front windows which are
wooden box sash but single glazed. On looking at the various options we
almost settled on highly insulating scandinavian double glazed units. But
though the brochure prices indicate about £600 a window, the quoated price
is nearer £2000! I have 7 windows to replace, that means £14,000... Wow!
Does it really cost £2,000 to make a single double glazed window out of
what must be standard shaped bits of wood? Well, we are sticking with the
original windows which will be repaired and have ordered secondary glazing
at a total of less than £1,300 for all the windows!
Energy switching at www.billscutter.co.uk