How do you plan to survive this Winter?

droid

Well-known member
some houses here have their roofs covered with solar panels, how much energy do those typically generate?
It depends on the kind of panel and the pitch and direction of your roof, but if you have a vaguely southish facing roof free from shadow and big enough to install a 5kw system (about 15 panels) you will generate about 4,500 kWh per annum. The average UK household uses about 4-5000kw per year. You can get about 25% efficiency even in the winter and with a battery system and selling into the grid you can reduce your bills by about 80-90%.
 

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
I'm lucky to live in a flat that's unbearably hot in summer but also doesn't need to the heating on in winter. I don't think I've have it on once between when I moved in in January and now.
 

HMGovt

Bamber Clatscoigne
Remember that volcano in Tonga that exploded earlier this year? Big whopper bang, it was. Anyway, it pushed megatonnes of sulphur particles and whatnot into the upper atmosphere, cooling the southern hemisphere. Who care? Well, this always cools the atmosphere, but I just learned that it has an effect on the stability of polar vortices, north and south, via the jet stream, meaning supercold air could turn up where it usually doesn't if it's confinement is loosened by wobbly jet streams. Timing is inauspicious, to say the least.
 

Clinamenic

θερμοδυναμικός καπιταλιστής
What is that, some sort of Tesla Smart Caravan? I think I mentioned before that I have a fri.. an acquaintance here who loves gadgets way beyond what is natural. He has these utterly useless smart lights in his flat. They gotta be one of the shittest innovations I've ever heard of; I assume that the idea behind them is that once you've programmed them they will somehow always be automatically on or off exactly when you want them to be. In itself not a bad idea I guess - I mean, who amongst us has never thought "my finger is soooo tired from having to push these stupid time-consuming and heavy buttons all the time"? And that is if you're someone like Denis or - I assume - all of us, who turns lights on and off using an ultralightweight portable remote control embedded in their wrist. I suppose none of us know - or even know of - anyone who still uses buttons on the wall that you actually have to physically walk all the way over to and then literally raise your hand to the correct height before you can push the switch, but believe it or not, only two or three hundred years ago that was the most common system. And some people still have that! For such people, still stuck in the dark ages with respect to lights, the energy and time that could be saved by switching to smart lights is enormous and does make sense, the only problem is that in the Smart Light system that Denis had installed there seems to be some kind of issue with the mind-reading technology and that means that, incredibly, sometimes the lights are on when he wants them off or off when he wants them on.

In fact I'd say that the lights are always in the wrong state and, as a result, any visit to Denis's flat is normally spent watching him arguing with the lights, his entire existence, at least when he's in the smart flat, is taken up by a constant argument as he tries to override the smart programming - he wants the main one on but apparently it would be smarter to have it off so that leads to a huge fight, when he gets it sorted the one in the corner flicks to the same state so he has to spend a few hours reprogramming that one until he's got it sorted - by which time it has probably got dark outside so now he wants it on after all. Eventually he will finally get it so that the lighting is quite pleasant - and everything should be fine as long as noone moves at all, say goes to the toilet or wants to fetch some more drugs from the kitchen or whatever, cos whenever you do that the smart light system starts trying to help you on your journey by turning lights on and off like some kind of poltergeist that had to study at a special school for slow ghosts. The whole thing is a completely embarrassing shit-show, gotta be one of the worst attempts I've ever heard at creating a labour-saving or convenience-adding device. Luckily I can't stand the prick and I make any excuse not to go to his house anyway.

He also has a smart-bottle opener which... I dunno, I assume it was the result of a bet to see if you could get very very unsmart people to buy absolutely anything if you put the s-word in its name.
Personally I've had a tougher time using smart bottle openers than regular ones.
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
@IdleRich Because Neil Oliver said wind turbine blades would constitute the majority of landfill for ever and ever and ever

If you destroy habitats through contested locations, detractors/objectors have a fair point. Done with planning and actual thought? I mean just the look at the puss on the cunt

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and because it’s Neil, Neil who strutted across multiple ancient sites throughout the British Isles, Neil of the 9 Travel Lodge Hostages, pilferer of hair conditioner and acquiesced by Barbour, he gets a meal-break ungleaming

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HMGovt

Bamber Clatscoigne
@IdleRich Because Neil Oliver said wind turbine blades would constitute the majority of landfill for ever and ever and ever

If you destroy habitats through contested locations, detractors/objectors have a fair point. Done with planning and actual thought? I mean just the look at the puss on the cunt

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and because it’s Neil, Neil who strutted across multiple ancient sites throughout the British Isles, Neil of the 9 Travel Lodge Hostages, pilferer of hair conditioner and acquiesced by Barbour, he gets a meal-break ungleaming

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Good bloke, the anti-Monbiot
 

version

Well-known member
Supposedly they'd done pretty well stocking up when that article was published,

European countries are rushing to fill their gas storage facilities before the winter, amid fears that Russia may further reduce gas supplies. European gas storage facilities are now almost 80% full on average, rapidly closing in on an EU target for countries to hit 80% full by 1 November.
 
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