Humans and Energy........

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........a planet-changing combination.
Recently I started a thread on some research that suggests we should reconsider the way in which electric powered heavy goods vehicles - and possibly motorhomes - are used and recharged when out on the road system.
That thread has now evolved (as these things do,!) to include other environmental issues arising from the way in which humans use energy generally and fossil fuels in particular.

So.......I though it might be useful to have a thread specifically to share views on this more general aspect of Humans and energy.
I've long been interested in the topic - in fact since researching alternative power sources for heating buildings some 50 years ago, though it's not been my field for a very long time indeed.
There's recently been a series of broadcasts on BBCR4 which I found most interesting. It's in four parts, is easy listening and, in my view, well researched.
'A Pyrotechnic History of Humanity' can be found here:


This topic can be quite emotive. When posting please adhere strictly to the 'Motorhomer' guidelines of tolerance and respect.
I hope you find the ride interesting.

Colin 🙂🙂🙂
 
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Planet Earth's biggest polluters seem to be making some very significant promises about carbon dioxide reduction.
Hopefully others will join in by the time the United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Glasgow later this year.
And more importantly, of course, let's hope for the benefit of our descendents that the promises are actually delivered.
If the targets in the public domain are to be met I suspect that we'll have some very significant lifestyle changes between now and 2030.

Colin 🙂🙂🙂
 
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Yea, it's not ideal. However, the house is used as an office, we have a teenager who is never away from something electronic, and an electric chair. We also have a lift and a hot-tub. And a separate fridge just for beer.

All adds up!

Solar? Windmill? :unsure:
 

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I've just been just for a meal and there was a bottle of Hardy's red on the table with a 100% green label on it.
The question is how does something that comes from Australia and in a glass bottle manage to be 100% green?
 

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Nuclear.

Controversial.

Not a fan myself, but t'other half thinks it would work, I'm not convinced. 🤷‍♀️
 

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I've just been just for a meal and there was a bottle of Hardy's red on the table with a 100% green label on it.
The question is how does something that comes from Australia and in a glass bottle manage to be 100% green?

It doesn't 🙂
 

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Our last lecy bill was over £130, all led lights, but m/wave and small electric cooker plus kettle soon eats up the juice.
 

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Are business leccy rates lower than domestic ?.
Not sure what rate we have, Christina takes care of that side. We also have three kids at home and they can consume a lot of power.
 
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we are £230 a month gas and electric. Heating is on continuously as there's someone in the house all the time but the biggest culprit I think is the tumble dryer over the winter.
 

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Just been informed the last bill was £205 so not bad looking at what others are paying, I did change all lighting in the house and workshop over to LED ( Q Trev) the low bay lighting in the workshop was the equivalent of running a 3KW heater all day. With doing this our bill dropped by £70 a month at the time of doing so and the cost of changing to lighting was paid within 6 months.
 

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We are on oil here as there is no gas in the village. Its difficult to say how much that costs us as the price fluctuates per litre. Last fill up was around 37ppl the one before around 25ppl. Now its around 41ppl. We have used more this winter as we have been at home (usually we would be in Spain for 2 months). I normally put 600 litres in at a time which is around half capacity.
 

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Smug filter for us in Portugal, spend €12 month on electric when here, works out about €140 year with standing charges but only limited 1150kw input, so have to ration ourselves. Portugal is fourth highest in world for electric prices but is frequently 100% renewable...hydroelectric and wind figure heavily in production.
 
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