Switching to green energy technologies at home

A review of our energy use – 6 months down the road using Solar pvs, Home Batteries, Electric car and Wind turbines a talk by David Strange

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It’s now over ten years ago since the Sid Valley Energy Action Group put on a special ‘solar panel day’:

Sidmouth solar panel day attracts ‘enthusiasm’ | Sidmouth Herald

The interest has increased over the last decade, with local initiatives this year being very welcome:

More than 100 East Devon council homes get eco-friendly makeover

Energy from homeowner’s solar project ‘equivalent to a small solar farm’ – News

But what sort of things are individual householders undertaking?

This coming Tuesday evening sees the Director of the Norman Lockyer Observatory looking to earth and how we are making use of of – amongst others – the sun’s rays as a natural source of energy:

A review of our energy use – 6 months down the road using Solar pvs, Home Batteries, Electric car and Wind turbines a talk by David Strange

Tuesday 17th May 2022 3:00 PM –to 4:30 PM
Location/Venue: Online on Zoom

Only COP26 seemed to strike a cord with us! Are we really at the last chance saloon to save the world from a climate catastrophe?
We made a switch from an elderly diesel car to an electric car and have never looked back. That was swiftly followed by a solar pv installation in October and a subscription to a proposed wind farm in Ayrshire. This all happened before the current energy crisis. In hindsight I couldn’t have timed it better! My talk will cover a review of the first six months of using this technology.

Cafe Scientifique: A review of our energy use – 6 months down the road using Solar pvs, Home Batteries, Electric car and Wind turbines | Sidmouth Science Festival

Sidmouth Science Festival | Sidmouth Science Festival

Looking at and doing something about our energy is going to be key:

A guide to cutting both our energy bills and our carbon footprint – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Energy efficiency: “its time has come” – Vision Group for Sidmouth

More basic energy-saving tips – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Finally, ‘green energy’ technologies need not be vast and imposing – as the Café Scientifique talk by David Strange will demonstrate.

And this point was made on Radio 4 last week by Henrick Anderson, a indigenous reindeer herder in Northern Sweden, who pointed to what we really need to be talking about: 

“When is it enough? We need a debate about the huge issue of consumption.”

And as a commentator says:

“That is indeed the debate we should be having – to reduce the demand for energy and not to increase the supply of energy – whether ‘green’ or whatever.”

“So, the issue is not ‘renewable’ or ‘green’ energy per se – but ‘how it happens’.” – Vision Group for Sidmouth

   
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