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by Big Al
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Pellet burners - sustainable??
Replies: 18
Views: 3265

Re: Pellet burners - sustainable??

>>> We have a multi fuel burner (that will eventually run CH and HW) we can burn all sorts in it, I guess we could also burn pellets in it, obviously you still need to feed it but I prefer the multi-function-ality of it (if that isn't a word, it should be...lol) I've just been looking at some multi...
by Big Al
Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: daily kwh used
Replies: 27
Views: 5523

Re: daily kwh used

To make it comparable, you'd have to say how many people that's for, and what you run on it (heating, hot water, cooking...). I used to read my meter weekly, but just realised today that I hadn't done it since March! Must start again; at the moment it's a lot more than usual, as I'm having a few lo...
by Big Al
Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: daily kwh used
Replies: 27
Views: 5523

daily kwh used

Hi folks, I know a few people read their meters daily, me included but can I ask you all what your useage is ?? It's probably far to wide to work out as I know we are all different users of power etc but what would be an average use for electric and gas per day ? We are on grid totally and use aroun...
by Big Al
Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar or wind for 12v supply help
Replies: 6
Views: 1637

Re: solar or wind for 12v supply help

http://www.solarkitsdirect.co.uk/default.asp Is a site i've just found. The thing is it has a solar calculator on it that you can work out what sort of panels you want to power certain items. Thought it might be of some use. Mind you I do need some pointers on how solar actually works... Well I know...
by Big Al
Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Wood burning decision
Replies: 31
Views: 17912

Re: Wood burning decision

This was the series of posts I was looking for yesaterday to put these links in. http://www.oilstoves.co.uk/webdocs/articles/Wood_Burning_Boilers_History_Eg._Grillon.pdf http://www.oilstoves.co.uk/webdocs/articles/Wood_Fired_Appliance_Plumbing_Diagrams.pdf http://www.oilstoves.co.uk/webdocs/articles...
by Big Al
Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Starting Solar - Running a freezer
Replies: 9
Views: 5450

Re: Starting Solar - Running a freezer

I reckon solar hot water is a better investment, personally. How do you currently heat water? If its with electric, then I would say definitely consider heating (or probably pre-heating in your climate) with solar. You won´t be able to run radiators without spending megabucks, but your personaly ho...
by Big Al
Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Starting Solar - Running a freezer
Replies: 9
Views: 5450

Re: Starting Solar - Running a freezer

I reckon solar hot water is a better investment, personally. How do you currently heat water? If its with electric, then I would say definitely consider heating (or probably pre-heating in your climate) with solar. You won´t be able to run radiators without spending megabucks, but your personaly ho...
by Big Al
Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Starting Solar - Running a freezer
Replies: 9
Views: 5450

Re: Starting Solar - Running a freezer

I'm thinking of starting some form of solar power, and have noticed a lot of people are a bit unsure of how to start in a manner that’s both somewhat affordable and also useful. I've seen guides that are affordable, but apart from powering a light bulb for a few hours serve no purpose, and ideas ...
by Big Al
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 22761

Re: Energy Prices

Gug, Just done a check on the website of ebico and on my last eon bill I would have saved £211 on my electric and about £7 on my gas...... Thank you. Also thank you from my son and at least 7 other "poor students" p in Newcastle as they have got a flat together for their second year and all are on ...
by Big Al
Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 22761

Re: Energy Prices

Look up http://www.ebico.co.uk, they're an "ethical" non-profit and they charge you a flat rate no matter how much (or little) you use. (i only have them for gas -but they do leccy too). Gug, Just done a check on the website of ebico and on my last eon bill I would have saved £211 on my electric an...
by Big Al
Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 22761

Re: Energy Prices

Sneaky trick that some energy companies pull is to charge you more, the less you use. Npower used to do this to me for gas. Look up http://www.ebico.co.uk, they're an "ethical" non-profit and they charge you a flat rate no matter how much (or little) you use. (i only have them for gas -but they do ...
by Big Al
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Wood burning decision
Replies: 31
Views: 17912

I had a Rayburn Multi fuel. Brand new to write off in just 2 years burning wood. Absolutely useless! I now have a Yorkshire Range which has been going strong for 10 years and I see no reason why it will not last me out. If someone can tell me HOW TO? I will post a picture of it. Sorry don't know ho...
by Big Al
Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: My first bike 'adventure'
Replies: 12
Views: 2571

I rode both competitivly and lesuirly for many years and ended up in a set of railings through a hackney cab, a ditch through a tractor and down an embankment 70ft from the road and help with a broken pelvis by a manic car driver. Thankfully the little scroat who had twocked the car had the decency...
by Big Al
Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: My first bike 'adventure'
Replies: 12
Views: 2571

its nice to here about all these cycle paths and pavements to cycle on. :? i ride to work in the next village (4miles)when i feel brave enough, but have to contend with a busy bus and truck filled suicide run of a road. its not an enjoyable ride but i do it to save money and "try to stay fit" i may...
by Big Al
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 22761

Youll find ways to get the units down,just keep taking readings,it makes you aware of so much :flower: I know how to gewt my units down..... send my son back to uni !! He's going to be in for a shock come september. He's moving into a house with mates on a pre payment meter ..... I know, I know i u...