Thursday, 12 March 2009

Woolly Jumpers

Clearly her appointment as Tory Environment spokesperson is causing our local AM to start to think about energy saving initiatives. In her column in this week's 'Carmarthen Journal', she refers to her 'woolly jumper' theory. I was expecting something about sheep at that point, but it was not to be…

She quotes the example of a London householder who managed to cut his energy bills by 45% by a series of actions, the most important of which seems to have been donning a woolly jumper. Ms Burns goes on to suggest that we should all start thinking about our own 'woolly jumper' tactics to save energy.

I've got a good idea for her. Instead of building a CCGT power station at Angle, and another over the Haven at Milford Haven, why not build a series of smaller CHP power stations? These would extract twice the energy value from the same volume of gas, and therefore both extend the life of gas reserves and halve the volume of emissions per usable unit of energy.

Apparently, however, she considers wasting half of that energy to be a particularly good idea, and has given unqualified support to the proposal. Mustn't interfere with the right of big business to make money, whatever the environmental consequences.

3 comments:

Draig said...

And help to conserve the Ecology of the Haven by minimising the amount of waste heat that needs to be pumped into the water...

A classic case of win/win for people and environment, showing that there needn't be a conflict between the two.

Spirit of BME said...

What`s this Ms business?.If she is not sure if she is a spinster or not -Gaud help us.However, wooly jumper, gastly prickly things. As I was a London householder for a large part of my life,I never had the heating on.My remedy,get booked in to a fine Mayfair restaurant,polish off three good wines ,see the end of the day off with a bottle of Gin -never felt the cold.

John Dixon said...

I'm sure that BME would agree with your solution at a personal level. Not convinced about it as a practical proposition for most of us though.