Some of our electricity is missing

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

wind-turbine-crop-circleWe use Ecotricity for electricity supply in our household, as they use the money we pay them to build new wind turbines.  Annoyingly, aliens are wrecking them. One early report said that a blade had been torn off and — ominously — was nowhere to be found (perhaps implying it had been abducted). A later report said that it was found at the foot of the wind turbine.  Probably should have checked there first.

Now the county councillor for the area has piped up with a report of seeing a “round, white light” with a “slight red edge” hovering near the wind turbines. So was it aliens, or mechanical failure? Either way, it mightn’t be a bad idea to start installing cameras at turbine sites.

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Utility companies and passwords

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Ever since I heard it was possible I’d been meaning to set up passwords with my utility companies so that they can verify their identity to me when they turn up at my door.  This week I tried it with my gas supplier.  They said they don’t do that, but don’t worry, it’s fine, I can just check their ID card and phone up to verify that the name on the ID card is one of their employees/contractors.

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Whole-house electricity monitor

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

As I wrote previously, I’ve been keeping tabs on how much electricity I use.  Last week I got a whole-house electricity monitor called an OWL from natural collection and have been playing around with it.  It’s surprising how surprising the results are, if you see what I mean.  I know that switching on the kettle uses more electricity, but I was a bit taken aback at how much more.

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