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Monthly Archives: December 2009

So following a theme ‘power usage’ which keeps inline with my post about my current cost; which is great by the way. I have another related website to talk about today. If any of you know anything about energy production, consumption, storage etc you will know its a very interesting field to look into. There has been a shift through the year over how the UK has produced it power; from the image below you can see we have lent towards natural gas in recent years.

The worrying thing for me is that alternative sources of energy are contained with in the green 2% marked other. Not only is the UK not producing by alternative sources at the scale of other countries but it is also importing a large amount of its fuel. The cart below shows UK energy production (dotted line) and consumption (red line) 1970 to 2008.

While the UK does not have the luxury of large hills and rivers for hydro or masses of open space for wind farms or the level of day time sunshine to make solar worthwhile. We do still have options. This is a large subject and not one I could do justice to in one post so I want to focus in on one option for alternative ernergy production called Micro Generation.

There has been allot of talk the last few years as micro generation has been brought to the masses or maybe to the average household. Even through the technology has been around in one form or another for some years it has not really been picked up by many people due to the large cost of setup and the possibility that it would not pay itself back or new technology would come out that was more efficient and cheaper. So yes the technology has moved on slowly and with use of geverment grants a number of families and businesses have started to produce their own power. But the figures are very low not lest because energy sold back to the national grid pays a pittance.

So on to the reason for writing this post in the first place. If you are interested in generating energy at home but are not sure if its for you (you are not alone) then you will be interested in the power predictor sold on the better generation website. This cleaver little bit of kit allows you to take data for wind and solar at your property. They also have a website which allows you to upload the data you have captured on an SD card and upload it to compare with other power prediction users.

I won’t go into more detail now as this post is getting long enough but what a what of the video which explain the product. Remember to bookmark so you can find me again in the future.