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A random history of energy economics (3) – The life cycle of fuels

Fuels like any other product have life cycles.  The stages of the classic life cycle are growth, maturity and decline.  For some fuels like wood, the length of the cycle is measured in millennia, that of coal looks like it … Continue reading

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A Random history of energy economics (2) – The Horse and the Lorry

By 1900 railways were the most important element in Britain’s transport infrastructure, but they only provided town-to-town communication.  The distribution of goods within a town was done with men with barrows and horses with carts.  In the rural areas “carriers” … Continue reading

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A Random History of Energy Economics (1) – Gas Engines in the Home

Over the past year I’ve been acquiring a few copies of the “The Model Engineer and Amateur Electrician” at car boot sales.  I now have about 15 examples dating from 1899 to 1919.  Models make up a large part of … Continue reading

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Learning to garden (20) – The aging dog again

The garden has always been a work in progress, mainly because I don’t know what to do with it or what I want to do with it.  However, a small vegetable plot was evolving and a few meals produced.  then … Continue reading

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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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