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musings

12 Mar

london thursday 2015

i woke feeling it is really very nice to have no appointments or commitments to fulfill. the day is mine to do as i wish. it is not that my other days are full of commitments, but somehow i forgot what a nice thing it is to be free and now and then it is nice to be able to realise it and be appreciative. it makes me realise anew what a nice life i have. 

last night as i was washing up, i felt a sudden stab of pain in my right eye. it came and went very quickly but it is not the first time i have this. i wonder what it is. and is it a forewarning of something more serious. have anyone experienced this and found out what it portends? well fortunately my eye is all right now. it is not something i want to bother my doctor about, esp as there is nothing to show for it.

ah well, it does remind me of how wonderful it is to be in good health. and if there is trouble in future, well, i shall worry about it if/when it comes. not much point worrying about it now is there?

every morning i check my electricity usage, it has become a routine i do just to monitor my usage of electricity. i recorded that i used 1.8kwh yesterday.

usually my average is 3.4kwh a day. but since i discovered the boiler switch was on and switched it off ,[from my notes i did it  on 6.11.14) the usage has dropped to 2.4kwh a day if simon is at home , and 1.8kwh a day if i am on my own.

before i switched it off, i rarely get a reading below 2kwh. after i switched it off, i start getting it and below quite often esp when i am on my own. the lowest was 1.5kwh. which i have never achieved before. (added. i happen to look again at the recordings, and noticed that once it went down to 1kwh, that must be a record!!)so the switching off must have some effect. you could say we have changed our ways or stop cooking so much. that might be true, but i have not done it consciously. 

the switch was connected to my bathroom boiler, one that has kaput years ago and which i did not bother to replace. it has been unused and i thought everything connected to it is off; but sometimes i noticed it makes a groaning noise which goes on for some time, but I thought nothing of it, until i noticed this switch being on. so that was what that groaning noise was about. something was being activated now and then. maybe the fan. 

it might be a coincidence, but my usage has dropped without me doing anything special. and i think it was because i switched it off.

anyway i am delighted at it because i have been trying to get my usage below 3.4kwh a day and not succeeded. and i thought that is the limit i can drop it to. i know 3.4kwh a day is very low usage but still, it is great to know that it can get even lower. haha.

i want to keep a very low carbon use profile if i can. that is just a posh way of saying i want to use as little electricity as i can. haha.  not because i have concerns about the world dying, but because i just dont like wasting anything. that is all, really.

i dont mind if others use things up and they dont care how much they use. i dont care what they use either. haha.

what i do is entirely for my own satisfaction and is not depandant on others. that way i dont feel angry at seeing a lot of waste going on. the world is what it is.

that is why i like and enjoy picking up rubber bands that are dropped by the postman. rubber bands are very useful. haha. but i noticed that if exposed to sunlight for enough time they disintegrate. and this even with the weak sunlight we get in london. i used to hang a bunch of them on a hook on my kitchen wall and it gets sun on it a lot. and once i took it down and the whole bunch just disintegrated in my hands. weird or what. huh?

added. wait, something just occurred to me… i think perhaps the disintegrating rubber bands may not be due to the sunlight. i stir fry and there is alot of oil hanging about … and settling on surfaces. so i think the oil settles on the rubber bands. hmm, that means i should keep my rubber bands in drawers  or envelopes. i get a lot of envelopes, because of those marketting people sending me stuff. 

uk users waste a lot of electricity

22 Jan

london

 

In the report, Inside the Cost of Energy, Mr Massara argues that the unit price of electricity in the UK is one of the lowest in Europe.

“But bills are high because British houses waste so much energy,” he says. 

Mr massara is the chief executive of npower who had been criticised by ofgem for saying network costs (the cost of transporting gas and electricity) will rise. ofgem which controls that and sets the price, says it wont.

this article shows he is correct about uk electricity prices being lower than average in EU.

It may well be that npower is overstating its costs, but i think mr massara is right in saying the british household wastes a lot of energy.

This is a mild winter, and i have observed even in the warmest days, u can see the steam rising from the outlet pipes of some flats in my area… suggesting that the boiler is on. sometimes u can see it is on and the windows are open. perhaps some of these people are taking hot baths, but i doubt all of them are and so the steam is from central heating systems being on.

It might be not their fault, but the fault of the old thermostat that many houses still have, and so the temperature control is not very precise and the boiler is switched on by the system without regard to the shifting air temperature so that a warm spell just does not register with the thermostat. the uk is notorious for rapid shifts of temperature within a day. yesterday the lowest temperature was 4C, today it is 7C.  the thermostat inside a house or flat may not be that sensitive to pick this up. or there might be a time lag, in response. 

Mr massara meant the houses in uk are so leaky that heat is wasted. i thought he was going to say because they are wasteful in the way they cook. i guess that is too much of a hot potato for him to say.

But I am not important,and my opinion is never going to get widely spread and offend others.  so i shall say it. I noticed that even in the way they cook you can observe they are very wasteful. boiling large amounts of water in the kettle for one cup , or turning the rings to highest setting and red hot even when simmering food. or carelessly leaving the rings on or forgetting to switch it off. I am sure u can find households that are very poor and struggling even when they switch everything off, but i think majority of households are just wasting electricity and gas by this careless usage. in the past, gas and electricity prices are very low, and we dont think about it. it is only within the last 5yrs that prices have shot up,(since 2008 when i began to notice it)  and it is this that makes people feel it. It takes time for people to change their wasteful habits. not me of course, but i think i am a small minority who can and will do a 90 degree about turn when circumstances changes.