Posted on February 29, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
Today is the 29th February a date that is on the calendar every four years (or less frequently in some centuries). Depending on how you do the maths (whether you are paid on an hourly basis, or weekly basis or a monthly basis or a yearly basis), employers might get from the day an extra day’s “free” labour every four years.
I shall not be giving Genersys employees the day off but the National Trust is giving their staff a day off. Continue reading
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Posted on February 28, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
I watched a television programme about Ms Kris Murrin, a woman who tries to persuade people to use their cars less and walk and cycle more. In the Channel 4 documentary series The Woman Who Stops Traffic, Ms Murrin encounters all sorts of arguments about why people should not give up their cars for a day, some of which are so specious that it is hard to figure out how to answer them. One argument crops up all the times when environmentalists try to persuade people to change their behaviour; I call it “the China Argument” Continue reading
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Posted on February 27, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
Traditionally global warming theory goes like this. We are releasing huge quantities of carbon dioxide that was locked underground in oil, gas and coal, by burning it to create energy. The additional carbon dioxide is more than the normal mechanisms of nature can process, so it stays in the atmosphere and acts as insulation stopping heat escaping so the planet warms up.
There seems no doubt that the planet is warming up, but there are other reasons advanced by some scientists to explain climate change and one of the most interesting is that put forward by Keith Foster. It is a radical theory but one which regards human made carbon dioxide emissions as exacerbating the effect of the movements in the earth’s geomagnetic field. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Continue reading
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Posted on February 26, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
When I wrote about smart meters yesterday I published my post before the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) had announced the result of a 32 month enquiry into the National Grid’s practices in relation to smart meters. National grid have been fined £41.6 million. Ofgem, as a regulator, has a duty to ensure that a business with a dominant market position does not abuse it. Continue reading
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Posted on February 25, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
I first learned about “smart” metering when I heard Joanne Carr talk about them at National Energy Action, the fuel poverty charity. “Smart” meters replace the somewhat uninformative boxes which show our electricity and gas consumption in units and kilowatt hours. Most people only look at their meters when they want to get a reading for a gas or electricity bill, or when they want to dispute an estimated reading.
I have already provided an explanation of how to read your meter and how to query your energy bill. Many people think that if we knew better what each appliance, light, or heat creating device actually costs us we would be more careful in using energy.
I am sure that it true; knowledge is strength. Continue reading
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Posted on February 24, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
In Brazil people are talking about biofuels. Biofuels were hailed as the solution to fossil fuel carbon emissions, rather like biomass is in the United Kingdom today. Brazil produces large quantities of biofuel, mainly from sugar cane, which is turned into ethanol. This is pumped from what used to be petrol pumps and propels transport all over Brazil.
Of course there is no free lunch in energy, and the complexities of life on earth means that the biofuel panacea turned into a biofuel poison. Continue reading
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Posted on February 23, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
Energy is getting more expensive. The Office of Fair Trading has launched its seventh enquiry in fifteen years to establish whether the energy companies are profiteering. Oil has reached almost $100 a barrel. That highest ever price in itself does not tell us the full picture. Continue reading
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