Monthly Archives: September 2014

Under the floorboards

For sometime I’ve been renovating my house, mainly to avoid doing things I need to do, like finish software, write etc. etc., so I wave my neighbours off in the morning as they commute to the codeface with a cheery … Continue reading

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Bricks

I spent a chunk of last week buying 300 bricks to repair a wall.  On Monday I thought I could just cycle along to the local builders merchant in the morning and offload them from his lorry in the afternoon. … Continue reading

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Energy Management – An Edwardian View

Technology often implies a system with sensors feeding some form of computer running highly developed software tuned to make make the best possible decision which is then relayed to a smartphone.  These things did not exist in 1901 when my … Continue reading

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Solar Energy in Winter

Solar PV is the most accessible of the sustainable technologies.  Unlike wind turbines which are relatively expensive and require carefully selected locations to be effective, solar panels are relatively cheap and can be located in backyards, fields and roofs.  The … Continue reading

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Seven Windmills

Recently I purchased a small booklet entitled “Windmills of Sussex” at a car boot sale.  This work was an expanded version of “Seven Sussex Windmills” which was probably published sometime in the 1970’s.  If you like second hand books, car … Continue reading

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Wind Power – A view from 1910

I learned about “Windmills and wind motors” by F.E. Powell from a list of publications in an old magazine, the book was originally published in the US in 1910.  A scanned version is available in the internet archive of the … Continue reading

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