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Energy Alternatives

The electricity industry took shape in the 1880s.  Initially, it was a “luxury” product consumed by high income households.  Large establishments might have had their own generating plant, but rapid growth in the demand for electricity started when companies were formed … Continue reading

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Energy, Shovels and Advertising

I would like to say that I have a research plan for theses posts on the history of domestic energy, but it is just random reading and looking for holes in the pavement.  One source material is advertising.  Until the end of the … Continue reading

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The early days of electricity in Hove (1)

I learnt about the Hove Electric Lighting Co. Ltd. from a description of what seemed to be a small power station whilst reading Queenspark Book No. 36: “A Working Man”.  After looking up the buildings in Cromwell Road in Hove in a Kelly’s directory, … Continue reading

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Laundry and Negawatts (one more time)

Technology has its role to play in sustainable energy systems but so too does behaviour.  I’ve learnt that conversations about consumption are difficult and that some of the things that facilitate the reduction of energy consumption are just not sexy.  I’ve … Continue reading

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My dog fell in the pond

It’s been an odd year, the first three months were mild, but April was colder and drier than usual and seeds sown directly into the soil not germinate and level in the pond dropped.  Despite an adequate supply of clean, fresh water, my … Continue reading

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Summoning the servants

Having nothing better to do, I walked to the local stately home which is now owned by the council and open to the public.  It started life as a manor house at the heart of a working farm, but by the … Continue reading

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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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