Tag Archives: sustainability

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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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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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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Off-grid in 1911

This is a letter to the editor of “The Model Engineer and Electrician” which appeared on 29-Jun-1911.  It is in two parts, the first gives a description of the use of engines in farming and the second is a discussion of the … Continue reading

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Messing with model wind turbines

If there is a theme to these posts, it is learning about sustainable energy.  Staring at a wind farm or an array of solar panels can be instructive, but some personal experience is always useful, even with the limitations imposed by … Continue reading

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Warming the bed

When the old ladies talked about the jobs they had to do as girls before the Great War, I doubt if they thought  of bed warmers as waste heat recovery devices rather they were just part of another chore. I … Continue reading

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