Monthly Archives: April 2016

Learning to garden (21) – Hot beds, update

Last night I bubble wrapped the composter to prevent heat loss from the side walls: At 07:00 this morning the air temperature at 7.5 deg. C which was similar to the previous day.  However, the temperature around the seed trays … Continue reading

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Learning to garden (21) Hot beds, an update

Monday: 25-Apr-2016 About 07:00 this morning, the air temperature around the composter was about 6.2 deg. C and about 9.0 deg. C within the box.  Not quite hot, but warmer than the surrounding air.  This evening, I will wrap the composter … Continue reading

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Learning to garden (21) – Hot beds again

Early spring has been cold, not much has germinated, even seeds in pots which have been perched on the windowsill of my work room.  Must make a mental note to do something about the heating in here because the cucumbers are … Continue reading

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Who needs power stations?

This post is not original nor is it a fully thought out scheme, similar commercial concepts are available and on a scale larger than a single household they becomes a district heating schemes.  For brevity and simplicity, there are some gross over simplifications. The … Continue reading

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The consumer’s relationship with coal and gas

I recently read “the world did not run out of coal, it just stopped using it”, with the implication that a similar process might take place with other fuels such as oil and gas.  A back-burner project has been to collect … Continue reading

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Learning to Garden (20) – Hot Beds

Some time back I poked a thermistor into the composter and found the temperature was a few degrees higher than the surrounding air and with the aid of a few metres of bubble-wrap this increased to around 25 deg. C. … Continue reading

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Laundry and Energy – A Personal History

Laundry is one of the more energetic domestic chores, either for the person doing the washing of the machine to which it is delegated.    During the past few weeks the renovation of the kitchen has been a large part of my … Continue reading

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