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by jondy
Fri May 23, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 26299

Yes, Big Al, If you drive more than a few thousand miles a year, sell it, who will buy it though? The new VED/road tax bands look a bit scary for newer larger cars. Older cars can escape, pre '73 is OK. I heard a report on the radio today about a 'British Company' introducing a 100mpg hatchback. (I ...
by jondy
Thu May 22, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 26299

Yes, fuel prices are sure to rise. Today, $135 barrel of oil. Have you heard about thieves making off with domestic heating oil? Could this be finding its way into Lorry fuel tanks? Passive solar looks interesting, glazed in porches etc., works from day one and not plugged into the mains. Time to se...
by jondy
Thu May 22, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: Getting a bike
Replies: 42
Views: 11233

I think annpan can halve those prices, it will mean a trip to Halfords or following ebay to find something s/hand for sale locally on a cash on collection basis. I brought a Halfords ladies bike around two years ago for my wife. Avoid the cheap all suspension front and rear types. The steel framed b...
by jondy
Wed May 21, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Drax Power Station - Going Green?
Replies: 2
Views: 805

Drax Power Station - Going Green?

Drax Power Station are to spend some billions on a new plant to for the burning of BioMass, including imported timber from Canada etc. Drax is a coal fired power station that produces around 7% of the countries electricity. Much of the coal it uses now is imported. Could this sort of Power station b...
by jondy
Sat May 17, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Green building/eco village in Bristol. Fancy it???
Replies: 76
Views: 37065

Something to look at is the 'Walter Segal' method of building. This is cheap fast wood frame construction. There is a site in South East London (Honor Oak Park area?) where the local council agreed to a development many years ago. I looked into this, I built a smallish consruction in my back garden ...
by jondy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar or wind for 12v supply help
Replies: 6
Views: 1903

Hi, I would forget about windmills to charge a battery for a pump if you are seeking a very low cost solution. ( savonius wind generator, see them working on 'youtube') Ideally the WC would be on the ground floor, close to the water butt. Submersible 12v caravan pumps are cheap on ebay (about £10) ...
by jondy
Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: So sad about Humph
Replies: 8
Views: 818

Radio Programme about his life wednesday morning radio 4. Time about 9 or 9.30am . Sadly missed.

John
by jondy
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: anybody in kent?
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Hi Jerry, I am in Kent, Bromley area, bit of a long way from Canterbury. Do you know of Fergus Drennan, the wild-food man? He lives next to the Blean, Canterbury's ancient woodlands. He has a site/blog:- www.wildmanwildfood.com (I have not looked at this site yet) He gets a bit extreme with road kil...
by jondy
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Unfair or What?
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Figures released show the future cost of public-sector pensions has soared by £25 billion to £1 trillion. Each taxpayer will have to fork out more than £1,000 to provide gold-plated retirement deals for civil servants. The average pension fund used to buy an annuity last year was approximately £...
by jondy
Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Unfair or What?
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Unfair or What?

This area say's Politics etc. Is it unfair that around 20 to 25% of council rates are required to pay for the pensions of council workers? Is it unfair that public servants retire at age 60 with an inflation beating pension when most of the rest of the country work to 65 and beyond (68 mooted) witho...
by jondy
Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Fishing for Crayfish
Replies: 34
Views: 19241

Fishing for signal crayfish not being acceptable is likely needed to prevent the capture of native crayfish (if there are any left). Usual stuff about landowners permission required etc. We have some Lakes nearby, I noticed a person throwing in something on a length of string not too far out and ret...
by jondy
Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Lawn or 'Edible Estate'
Replies: 8
Views: 1252

Lawn or 'Edible Estate'

An article in a magazine said that in the US 'A food not lawns movement is growing daily. Domestic grass is the country's biggest and most useless crop'. The article went on to say that vegetables are less work in many ways, throw away your lawnmowers and pick up a spade. I am hooked on the idea, pa...
by jondy
Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: home energy survey
Replies: 6
Views: 1798

home energy survey

With the advent of HIPs when you sell a house now, the home energy survey is part of the deal. A neighbour sold his Father's house recently, he was not there at the time of HIP survey. The house had cavity wall insulation and signs of this were apparent on the outside walls (regular spaced drill hol...
by jondy
Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: WOOD BURNERS
Replies: 18
Views: 4350

WOOD BURNERS

I have looked at ways of installing a woodburner and come up against the problems of suitable flues and legal requirements. An outside flue is the only way I could go and that presents me with many problems. The high costs of a suitable system that would satisfy the council or a buyer of the house i...
by jondy
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Candle Heater, easy diy.
Replies: 1
Views: 4005

Candle Heater, easy diy.

Useful heat from a candle? I found this site www.heatstick.com. Lots of interesting bits and bobs including details of how to make small heaters. (Also ideas for diy greenhouse?) The type of candle required is the jar type as standard pillar type candles will melt. They also say that liquid paraffin...