Category Archives: energy

It’s the Demand, Stupid!

The kerfuffle in the UK this week about possible disruption to petrol supplies as a result of an industrial dispute involving tanker driver has turned into an astonishing political liability for the coalition government. In part this was because of … Continue reading

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Energy Poverty – An opportunity, surely?

I’ve hesitated for some time to post this but a couple of comments on the site have prompted me to let it into the open. The British press has been full of self-righteous anger about energy prices.  And last weekend … Continue reading

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Review of the Year (Home Energy)

It’s time to look over the spreadsheet and see what our energy consumption looks like for the year 2010. As both the end of last winter and the start of this one were very cold I guess one would expect … Continue reading

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Manpower – mp – a visceral unit

It’s that time of year when you look over last year’s handouts and try to think about what could go better next year. For my sins, I give five lectures in thermodynamics to Life Science students. The idea is to … Continue reading

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A rude awakening for a Green Champion….

Ten days ago I was invited to a meeting of the “Green Champions”. At UCL, that is the rather toe-curlingly embarassing name given to a  person in a Department tasked with driving forward “the green agenda”. I was appointed to … Continue reading

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It’s the carbon…..

Every few months all of us get statements from our energy suppliers (pushers?). Each one is invariably accompanied by a helpful booklet that tells us all the things we should have done to reduce our bills. Like insulation. Or replacing … Continue reading

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