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by An Inspector Calls
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Campaign ideas & experience
Topic: A National Scheme of Building Insulation Instead of QE3
Replies: 52
Views: 69786

The scheme as defined aims to insulate eventually All property, not just the rich or the poor. It starts with housing associations and council properties, i.e.some of the poorest. Terraced housing is very suitable for this treatment - also largely occupied by the poorer amongst us. In conclusion it...
by An Inspector Calls
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Campaign ideas & experience
Topic: A National Scheme of Building Insulation Instead of QE3
Replies: 52
Views: 69786

Well I can't see why you think it's an excellent scheme when it's not going to do anything to tackle the poorer housing stock where the incidence of fuel poverty will be rife. Why should we subsidise the residents in sort-after property, as lagger proposes? Such as the residents of Chester!! I'll be...
by An Inspector Calls
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Campaign ideas & experience
Topic: A National Scheme of Building Insulation Instead of QE3
Replies: 52
Views: 69786

Ah, so crap it may be, but you agree with me. You're not going to tackle every house. And you won't be tackling the houses that are really old because they're listed.

So, most of Kensington then? The people in the derelict rubbish, suffering fuel poverty, can just go sing! I like this more and more.
by An Inspector Calls
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: China tells Europe -work harder and cut the welfare state
Replies: 30
Views: 4818

Re: China tells Europe -work harder and cut the welfare stat

Lord Beria3 wrote:Peak Welfare State
Spot on, coupled with Peak Credit Card Limit.
by An Inspector Calls
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: mixed messages from IEA
Replies: 11
Views: 1733

It would be interesting, though, to compare the subsisdy per watt hour delivered in the two sectors. Might tell us a lot about the efficacy of the subsidies and thus allow us to cut the least cost effective of them first! You know the sort of thing, if you have a problem, analyse the causes, and cut...
by An Inspector Calls
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Campaign ideas & experience
Topic: A National Scheme of Building Insulation Instead of QE3
Replies: 52
Views: 69786

Now you are talking out of your backside. Didn't take long for you to revert to type! Err, The number of 400-500 year old houses (the few that managed to survive that long) in the stock you're hoping to insulate will be a flea bite. We're talking here of those swathes of late Victorian, Edwardian, ...
by An Inspector Calls
Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bad Moon Rising
Replies: 30
Views: 4208

Yes, it has all the familiarity of the Paris riots (and everywhere else) of 1968.
by An Inspector Calls
Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Campaign ideas & experience
Topic: A National Scheme of Building Insulation Instead of QE3
Replies: 52
Views: 69786

Since the houses that will benefit most from any national programme of external insulation will be those with solid walls built before 1920, and are thus at least 90 years old, it hardly seems sensible to spend £13,000 per house with little chance of any recovery of that investmernt in the remaining...
by An Inspector Calls
Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Greenhouse gases rise by record amount
Replies: 14
Views: 3310

OK horapollo123 I didn't note your two points about the sites I linked saying that the warming may have been masked, so that's why I didn't take up that point. I was actually taken back by your blazen counter that I'd only referenced two science sites (I'm not sure why you might dismiss Judith Curry...
by An Inspector Calls
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Campaign ideas & experience
Topic: A National Scheme of Building Insulation Instead of QE3
Replies: 52
Views: 69786

lagger I question whether your £13,000 per house is realsitic. Take SS's query about 225 mm solid brick walls and your proposed application of external insulation. Many such houses are built with very samall roof eaves, just sufficienct to shed rainwater into a gutter. External disposal of rainwater...
by An Inspector Calls
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Solar Power
Topic: Had my Solar PV installed last week and couldn't be happier!
Replies: 34
Views: 21130

Insulation has no running costs so, although it might have been more expensive initially, in the medium to long term it will be much, much cheaper, as my clients have discovered over the last 35 years. What utter bollocks. You fondly think insulation will last forever? Perhaps people should check o...
by An Inspector Calls
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: Solar Power
Topic: Had my Solar PV installed last week and couldn't be happier!
Replies: 34
Views: 21130

The current efficiency of 27 year old Drax is 38 %. Well north of 33 %. That's an isolated example, which of course you'd select and thus, to your thinking, prove your point. The CCGTs, which are the doiminant UK fossil fuel source, are over 50 %. Most combined cycle units, especially the larger uni...
by An Inspector Calls
Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Voltage variations of grid supplies.
Replies: 30
Views: 24713

Yes, of course, it has nothing to do with newness, simply transformer rating. It's perhaps a give-away that at the same time they changed the incoming line fuse holder, discarded the 40 A fuse and replaced it with 100 A! I wouldn't recommend silence. It should be an accepted norm that one can connec...
by An Inspector Calls
Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Voltage variations of grid supplies.
Replies: 30
Views: 24713

I'm on a rural supply with my very own pole-mounted transformer. Some time ago I noticed very low supply voltages to the house. We had storage heaters then, and when they came on our voltage collapsed to below 200 VAC. On grotty audio power amplifiers, the ripple hum was quite loud! So I complained ...
by An Inspector Calls
Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: 'Shale gas is no game-changer in the UK'
Replies: 12
Views: 2219

The differences Deutsche bank sees for the European exploration for shale gas I have given in a previous post. These did not specifically address the issue of the mitigation of pollution. On that subject, as I said previously: I doubt that any European requirement for rigour in mitigating pollution ...