Archive for ‘Solar panels in the UK’


You can’t energy drinks, you’re 11 years old

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Last updated on November 4th, 2018 at 12:18 am

“An overheard conversation at a supermarket checkout inspired me (without the aid of coffee) to write this funny but also serious article about energy drinks.”

A mother while struggling to bag her weekly shop suddenly shouted

“No you can’t have an energy drink you’re 11 years old.”

A generation addicted to caffeine.

A generation addicted to caffeine.

What I chuckle was the follow-up statement of

“if you’ve got no energy at your age then there’s something seriously wrong with you.”

On hearing this statement, I wanted to high-five this lady.

This scenario highlights a severe problem in our modern day society today. Our children are getting addicted to this seemingly harmless beverage type, but I feel we are storing up problems for the up and coming generation if this is not dealt with soon.

High caffeine energy drinks

are not

on the same level as the Lucozade drinks of my generation. (more…)

Fukushima may be out of the headlines

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:03 pm

“When most people saw the devastation of the Fukushima plants, they rolled their eyes and thought, “just another Chernobyl” and got on with their lives. I, however, saw the beginning of the end as our last big hope for generating large-scale power, which wouldn’t accelerate the global warming problem, goes into meltdown.”

The end of the nuclear-powered dream.

The end of the nuclear-powered dream.

If you think you are half a world away from danger, then think again. The blue-fin tuna and other food resources you take for granted will now be contaminated!

For a real sense of the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese authorities asked the outside world for help. For anyone who knows Japanese culture, they would know that this culture does not allow much for asking for help on an individual or governmental basis. (more…)

Political stupidity of biblical proportions

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 03:01 pm

“I always try to stay away from writing about politics as much as I can, but after finding out what our current Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs has been saying lately, I simply had to put fingers to keyboard.”

Owen Paterson MP.

Owen Paterson MP.

The cabinet minister Owen Paterson responsible for the countries environmental policies said publicly:

“that global warming would be beneficial”.

Mr Paterson also claimed:

“there would be advantages to an increase in temperature predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change including fewer people dying of cold in winter and the growth of certain crops further north.”

This level of childlike thinking does not stop there as he also added: (more…)

My new world without TV

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 02:09 pm

“As a kid whose surrogate parent was the 1970s television schedule, I have gone through life with TV pretty much as the backdrop to my life. Even when I first discovered the internet in the mid-1990s, the goggle box was always on in the background.”

A warning from the past about TV programming. Edna from Willow the Wisp.

A warning from the past about TV programming. Edna from Willow the Wisp.

That is why my younger self would be perplexed that I am currently enjoying my second week without my usual daily dose of television and not missing it at all.

I am now beginning to think my lifelong love affair with television is over. I am looking at my ‘Back to the future’ style flat screen telly, and the screen is black and has been for the last couple of weeks.

So why has my futuristic television lost my interest? What happened in my mind on that day where I didn’t reach for the remote and why am I continuing to ignore it to this day. Maybe it’s the awareness of the continued and increasing bombardment of commercial advertising. (more…)

Appreciation of life, love and a missing pea

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 10:32 am

“This week Caroline Lucas MP uttered a profound sentence as being arrested for protesting against fracking in Southern England this week. “Fracking is the dying breaths from the fossil fuels industry,” she said while debating the issue.”

To frack or not to frack?

To frack or not to frack?

As someone who can understand both sides of the fracking debate currently gripping the nation at the moment, I can see a country wrestling with its conscience.

For those who watch the news and see protesters passionately making their voices and views heard reminds me of the fuel protests of 2005. Both are consequences, or as I call them first tremors, of a much more significant danger, called peak oil. A Pompeian style disaster was looming over the whole world, and like the Pompeians, the threat was there every day, but mostly ignored or misunderstood.

Protesters who gather at anti-fracking demonstrations are on the whole, attempting to stop the energy industries from extracting another form of CO2 which would exacerbate the global heating problem. (more…)

Do solar panels work in the United Kingdom?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 09:30 pm

“While enjoying a pint during a country walk, I was distracted by a conversation occurring behind me about solar panels.”

Do solar panels work well in the United Kingdom?

Do solar panels work well in the United Kingdom?

Interested to hear a stranger’s point of view about my beloved subject, I kept an ear on the conversation whilst admiring the beautiful Welsh countryside around me.

It didn’t take long for the conversation to steer around the effectiveness of solar technology within our varied British climate.

Resisting the urge to break my silence and introduce myself as an enthusiast for solar panels, I listened carefully to the conversation as the eldest of the two gentlemen begin to sing the usual myths surrounding this technology.

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Incentives for solar heating panels are confirmed

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:44 pm

“The long-awaited confirmation of a feed-in tariff like the incentive for solar heating panels has been confirmed this week by Greg Barker of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.”

Solar heating panels are child's play.

Solar heating panels are child’s play.

Using the already existing feed-in tariff for photovoltaic solar panels, introduced by the last Labour government as a template, the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for solar heating has been long awaited by the UK solar industry. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the confirmed tariff payment of 19.2p per kWh for heated solar output over a period of seven years once a system’s installed.

This incentive is available to homes and businesses who install solar heating including evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels that produce heat for water tanks, central heating and swimming pools. (more…)

Thermodynamic solar panels for the United Kingdom

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:30 pm

“I have always been excited by new technological innovations, but it has been awhile since the solar panel industry has made any substantial innovative breakthroughs, until now.”

First impressions of thermodynamic solar panels seemed too good to be true, but upon closer research, the hype around this newest of solar technology did warrant closer inspection. I liked the thermodynamic system so much that I have decided to promote it here within my Power My Home website happily.

This system is a complete solar heating panel technology which surpasses traditional flat-plate and evacuated tube installations by a clever use of integrating heat pump technology.

Now don’t get me wrong, traditional evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels are both fantastic at what they do, even in the United Kingdom environment, but they do have a noticeable Achilles heel. The ability to work at night, as well as the day, is where thermodynamic technology now supersedes its sunshine loving cousins. (more…)

Wrongdoing of biblical proportions

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Last updated on November 4th, 2018 at 12:17 am

“I am not a religious person, but a big question has been working its way around my mind, so in a true ‘Power My Home’ style, I will share this with you.”

Life on Earth beyond our own lifetimes.

Life on Earth beyond our own lifetimes.

In the old-testament, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by our a designer, overlord or loving god (choose appropriately) for being sick people at that time. Roll the clock forward a few thousand years, and we as a species are now destroying ‘his/her’ creation, and yet we still haven’t managed to be severe enough to warrant a Sodom and Gomorrah style intervention.

How much destruction of ‘his Eden’ has to occur before we make any ‘creator’ angry again? How many of ‘his’ other species and creations do we have to make extinct in this current massive extinction event to warrant another Sodom and Gomorrah style revenge attack? (more…)

The future with Chinese PV solar panels

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 05:36 pm

“Currently the European governments are deciding on new legislation which would influence the future of cheap PV solar panels from China.”

The PV solar panel apocalypse in the UK between 2012 and 2018.This potentially, could put an end to the current influx of cheap and affordable (PV) photovoltaic solar panels which many households have benefited from over the last couple of years.

Many people across the United Kingdom would have noticed the solar panel bonanza which has seen this type of technology springing up in homes all around the country.

This era has occurred for two main reasons. (more…)