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by jondy
Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: home made insulation
Replies: 42
Views: 33913

Just the thing to wrap around the hot water cylinder. I had a couple of old puffa type jackets. Bear in mind the standard insualation can easily be improved on.

John
by jondy
Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: To many margo's ?
Replies: 24
Views: 12619

How do you do that picture thing? Where do you get the picture from?

John
by jondy
Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Measuring energy consumption and cost
Replies: 12
Views: 4695

Excellent stuff Stonehead. I will come back and have a re read as its a lot to take in, in one go. In the kitchen, I changed 8 50w halogens to 8 5w cold cathodes, great savings, but I do need a back up light (9w) from time to time. First of all the light was a bit of a joke as they take a while to r...
by jondy
Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: sadly have to fell a beautiful tree!
Replies: 30
Views: 11219

Problem trees, go to gardenlaw.com. Amongst the people on that website are a Council Tree Officer, abourculturist's (spelling?) , Allan Harris, a tree expert/civil engineer who advises in court and many others. Allan Harris is in Hayes, Kent he helped me in overturning a TPO (tree preservation order...
by jondy
Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:05 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Classless society
Replies: 29
Views: 6589

I noticed a change in the way Lidl may be going. A page advert showing lobster, crab, and such luxuries. Lidl moving upmarket? A sign that they have to tap into more profitable lines, (no more cheap loaf) to survive our high tax society. If class is about money then the employees of your local counc...
by jondy
Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 ways to use less gas and electricity...
Replies: 22
Views: 8034

Insulate all the hot water pipes from the boiler you can find without pulling the floors up, around the hot water tank and so on. Hot water tanks are usually insulated with foam but add to that, the more the merrier. Passive solar, I glazed in an open south facing front porch, on a sunny winters day...
by jondy
Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Hello from Shetland
Replies: 7
Views: 2176

Unusual weather the last few days, warmer in Scotland than down sarf.
Global warming has its upside then.

Happy holiday

John
by jondy
Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: home made insulation
Replies: 42
Views: 33913

Al. foil type reflectors behind your radiators are to mind one of the most cost effective ways to improve your heating. So cheap. I found a product used under overlaid flooring. Thin polystyrene with al. foil on one side. It is easy to prove the efficiency of the stuff. Line half the rad and feel th...
by jondy
Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Adult trike with child's seat
Replies: 31
Views: 33447

Electric bikes & trikes. As I remember the UK legal motor power is 200w for a bike and 250w for a trike. You can change the front wheel over to a wheel with a hub motor built in, on a trike or bike. I brought an imported 450w hub motor (see goldenmotor, china) for a bike and mounted the battery pack...
by jondy
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: 'Roadkill'... foraging taken too far?
Replies: 25
Views: 9401

Oops :roll: sorry, body bags relates to bird flu risk.

John
by jondy
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: 'Roadkill'... foraging taken too far?
Replies: 25
Views: 9401

Well said Tara, To really be self sufficient or go off grid you have to gradually except new challenges. Light bulbs first, grilled badger later on. From the good old Daily Mail an item regarding the government stocking up on body bags. True, around 3million, (I can't sleep now) They suggest 1 in 4 ...
by jondy
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Germany any good?
Replies: 21
Views: 5493

A country that never gets a mention in the I wish I was there list. What about language aside from the fact that many euro people speak english. Can't be sure, but I think I might have gone there once with my parents on a ferry/cabin deal. What I remember of the bit I saw (if it was Belgium) was a b...
by jondy
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Modern day appliances-is this now the new norm.
Replies: 12
Views: 3093

People have tested these limited guarantees. For example I had a TV that failed beyond the guarantee period. The first response was it had run out of warranty so can't help. I found that the law enabled you to claim beyond the guarantee period if it was unreasonable for the item to only last a year,...
by jondy
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: BT try it on - again!
Replies: 6
Views: 1585

Hi Martin, I don't like BT either. It was only when they allowed competiton that BT lowered prices, its hard to escape them. My Dad has a BT answer service, he does'nt know how he got it. If I phone and he does not answer quick enough the automatic answer cuts in. I hang up. He dials 1571 or whateve...
by jondy
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Switch off, Britain!
Replies: 18
Views: 8661

De frosting the freezer to save so much electricity is a new one on me, thanks for the tip. I do have a very old fridge freezer, it works well so I have delayed buying another. I know that modern fridge freezers are more economical, it would be nice to be able to measure the useage, how do you measu...