The Anonymous Widower

Two Energy Stories

Two stories appeared on the BBC today.

One was entitled North Sea Oil Industry Close To Collapse and the other was a report on BBC Breakfast about how new appliances and technology are enabling domestic customers to use less electricity and gas. They showed the heating system at Pimlico.

In a compact country like the UK, which generally doesn’t get too much cold weather, where according to this report from the World Bank, eighty-two percent of the population lives in towns or cities. we have some great opportunities to cut our energy use.

  1. District heating schemes like Pimlico are surely easy to develop.
  2. Public transport like trains, trams and buses can be developed that are fast and frequent.
  3. Shared car ownership could be made to work well.
  4. People are adaptable and will change their habits to save money, so if say, the local High Street gets better and has good public transport links, they’ll use it more.

All of these and other factors will mean we require less energy.

It also means that we’ll do other things like use the trains a lot more.

I also think that the difference in energy costs and provision of public transport, will make that isolated cottage in the country much less attractive.

December 19, 2014 - Posted by | Transport |

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