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“Alternative energy technologies are here to stay and will transform national and household economics.”

The golden age of civilisation

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:53 pm

Ask a thousand people of varying ages, and you will get a thousand different answers, but what everyone will all agree on is that the golden age was in the past.

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

Watching a program from the mid-1990’s (the Adam & Joe Show), one of their comedy sketches consisted of trying to claim the free extra offers you got with food products – the 25% additional free offers which were commonplace in those days.

The significance of giving away food or products in those times, that our older people remember, but didn’t appreciate at the time, suddenly struck me. (more…)

Independence for home energy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Last updated on December 21st, 2017 at 09:47 pm

“The coalition government’s latest ‘comprehensive energy review’ which held this week, came up with the one undoubtedly obvious conclusion.”

New home energy generation with PV solar panels.

New home energy generation with PV solar panels.

That there was nothing that the last government could do, nor that this state or even the next government can do to stop our energy bills from rising.
Mr Cameron’s assessment of energy prices only confirmed that our great nation is powerless against global issues, including the overwhelming global demand for energy as the industrialised economies of China and India continue to grow.

This predicament is overshadowed alarmingly by the continued reduction of new oil field finds and the overstretching of existing areas. New investment into looking for new oil fields has been announced this week, with BP casting their the North Sea nets out further afield. (more…)

Politicians preventing the energy crunch

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 06:57 pm

“Did you know that the bankers’ bailout in 2008/9 was the direct cause of the Arab Spring protests in the Middle East? The bail-out money that the banks received during this period was sunk into the commodities markets, mainly food commodities.”

A breakdown in political confidence.

A breakdown in political confidence.

The result was higher global food prices, and Middle Eastern countries bore the brunt of these actions. The saying “every action reacts” is appropriate here, with ordinary people taking to the streets, blaming their governments for not being able to afford their basic needs.

While the Middle Eastern governments were powerless to prevent food prices and food shortages from affecting their people, so too is our government equally impotent to avert global issues from affecting citizens of the UK. (more…)

The UK’s energy bills now hit £1000

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 09:16 pm

“Today in the UK, a significant milestone has reached now that the cheapest gas and electricity combination tariff for UK homes has hit £1,000 per annum, after above-inflation price rises by the big six energy suppliers.”

The golden age of cheap energy is over.

The golden age of cheap energy is over.

The highest energy bills on record come as 3 out of 10 householders admit that they are struggling to afford even their necessary energy costs. The golden age of cheap energy is over.

Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 householders will be forced to start rationing their home’s energy use by managing without adequate heating, according to a survey of 2,300 people. This situation comes at a time when this year’s winter is predicted to be harsh. (more…)

The challenge of keeping our civilisation

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 10:53 am

“In 2004, Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Power My Home, first uttered these words and from that moment, the Power My Home website was born.”

The fight for civilisation is won.

The fight for civilisation is won.

Civilisations throughout history have come and gone, so today’s modern, more industrialised cultures will, like others, inevitably have a limited lifespan. How long they will last is anyone’s guess, but with additional strains now being put on our vital lifeblood (oil), we must learn, from past mistakes, to keep ourselves from failing, as other civilisations did.

The most successful and most influential civilisations of the past have to be the Roman Empire, which conquered or influenced a quarter of the world at its most potent. Stretching from western Europe to the Middle East and beyond, the Romans undoubtedly contributed the most towards our modern lifestyles today. (more…)

A well-oiled civilisation

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 10:05 am

“Power My Home has always encouraged people to think differently when home energy is concerned.”

Keeping the oil flowing.

Recent decisions by our government are beginning to help us do that on a national level, so now maybe it’s time for us all to replicate this thinking individually. The following story is fictional and written designed as food for thought”, says the author Stuart Lovatt, founder of Power My Home.

In our hypothetical story, you are the main character, the government have issued warnings to conserve supplies, but cannot start when regular supplies will resume again, we ask what you would do with your last tank of fuel? (more…)

Keeping the lights on

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 10:06 am

“From fuel poverty to keeping our lighting on, in five short years -the overall outlook for both power supplies and global energy costs is not looking good.”

Reducing dependence and keeping the lights on.

Reducing dependence and keeping the lights on.

Speaking this week, Mr Geoff Huhne, our Energy and Climate secretary, said there had been “far too much dithering for far too long.”

That was necessary to replace older power stations and invest in alternative technologies such as solar panels, to “keep the lights on”.

Now nobody is suggesting that solar panels and other green technologies can fully replace our need for energy, but looking at a mix of different ways to reduce our dependence on the unpredictable Middle East and Russian energy supplies can only be beneficial in the longer term. (more…)

Slow build-up to energy shortages

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:47 pm

“Fossil fuels are no longer going to be a viable option for our children’s and grand children’s future use, and their eventual demise is already pushing present energy prices up higher and higher.”

The golden age of cheap oil is over.

The golden age of cheap oil is over

Ofgem is predicting that there may be 20% electricity price hikes by 2020, and also that future supplies are in jeopardy.

Stuart Lovatt from Power My Home says, “I see our current energy predicament similar to the 1930’s when people sensed the build-up to war, but nobody wanted to admit it, not even the Prime Minister.”

Understanding that the government’s energy policies have been planned to take place over a period of around 50 years or more, we are leaving the last policy timescale with North Sea resources depleting after only 30 years. (more…)

Energy shortages and unsustainable prices

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 11:29 am

“The energy crunch cannot be ignored any longer. The world’s governments do not have a plan B for the economic crisis, and the same applies to the death of cheap oil.”

New thinking for UK energy with solar panel power.

New thinking for UK energy with solar panel power.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the black stuff is being consumed rather quickly these days, and the price is a steadily rising year on year. The cost of oil in ten years will make current petrol prices seem tame.

Failure to look ahead to the future will be much maligned when, in many of our lifetimes, we will begin to face widespread global energy shortages and unaffordable prices.

Significant investment needs to be made by everyone over the coming years. This issue is not going to go away and will likely be one of the most critical problems we will face this century. (more…)

Solar panels for global unrest

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 05:57 pm

Learning that current levels of oil production and use are not going to bring down civilisation with the ongoing crisis in the Middle East does not fill me with relief and satisfaction, which everyone seems to think it should do.

Power My Home Solar Panels in the UK.

Power My Home Solar Panels in the UK.

I would have thought that irrespective of present Middle Eastern problems, ideas for renewable energy sources taken seriously.

Governments must invest in right policies for manufacturing industries now because oil supplies are indeed finite. They should become experts in finding innovative and efficient alternatives to oil.

Competition for oil and gas in the Arctic regions are now going to increase, especially since last year, Scottish oil producer Cairn Energy confirmed it had found oil off Greenland, and one of NATO’s senior commanders warned the race for resources will lead to conflict. (more…)