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From: hsenag Date: April 12th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Wind power worries me because it's not always on and we don't have the infrastructure to make effective use of bursty sources of power, so it's unclear how things will work out once it's a substantial portion of our generation mix.

Re the hob, it'd be pretty hard to measure the efficiency difference, especially since the answer will be different in winter to summer (in winter the waste heat has some use since you'd be heating your house anyway).
j4 From: j4 Date: April 12th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I wondered how long we'd be on ecotricity before someone told me it was useless/bad/wrong. Three weeks is actually better than I expected.

in winter the waste heat has some use since you'd be heating your house anyway

If I admit that we didn't actually go and turn the heating off whenever we turned the hob on over the winter, that's probably tantamount to admitting to raping polar bears, isn't it?
From: hsenag Date: April 12th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if it is useless or not - I suspect that at worst it's neutral. It just worries me when it's touted as the solution to energy problems (whether fossil fuel exhaustion or CO2 emissions).

If I admit that we didn't actually go and turn the heating off whenever we turned the hob on over the winter, that's probably tantamount to admitting to raping polar bears, isn't it?

Only if you don't have a thermostat to do it for you, which is unlikely :-)
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