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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Hooptedoodle #409 - Uncle Scrooge Saves the Planet (again)

 


A few days ago, I received a letter from my supplier of domestic LPG. It told me that, since wholesale prices for gas have increased by 30.8% (hmmm; accurate = scientific), they are going to have to put a major hike on the price of delivered gas, but they can assure me that the price will be reduced again as soon as possible (click here).


Fair enough - not unexpected. I am embarrassed that it should have required the possibility of financial cost, but this has encouraged me to get on with something I failed to do last winter, which is to check the on/off times for our heating system. It turns out that on weekdays it was coming on at 05:30, which dates from the time when my wife had to get up extra early to deliver our son to the school bus, and switching off in the evening at 00:30 - this because the same son used to sit up late playing video games, and liked sauna-like temperatures while he was doing it. Since he is now gone to college, I reprogrammed the timer, and it will now come on at 07:00 and turn off at 22:30, with a sensible off-period during the day.

I estimate I have reduced the "switched on" time for heating by about 34%. Of course, the whole system is subject to thermostatic valves, and we will certainly continue to wash, but I am confident that I have just about cancelled out the expected increase in my gas bills by the simple expedient of being stingy. Excellent, and I am positively glowing with pride at the benefits for the environment.


I realise that a similar approach to offsetting an electricity hike will require dirtier clothes, cold food and more sitting in the dark, but so far so good.

12 comments:

  1. Good work Eco-man! You’ll be laying down in road junctions at this rate.

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    1. Just as well I didn't choose to lie down on the A198 this morning - there's a big machine painting white lines along it. I'm thinking about it, though. I have the glasses, the silly hat, the antique waxed jacket and the long white hair, so I'm halfway equipped already.

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  2. Ah you sound like an ideal activist for my new campaign "Calibrate Britain".
    We superglue ourselves to park benches while holding cans of extra strong lager and shout obscenities at people until we get digital thermometers and electric scooters for every household.
    We will then declare our own Calibrate......and then I have not thought much past that yet (but it involves my own column in The Guardian and shopping at Waitrose).
    Interested?

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    1. Ah - sorry, Matt - I must have misread the leaflet - I thought it said "Celibate Britain", so I put it in the recycling. As it happens, I behave as you describe most of the time, so I might be OK. Electric scooters? - are you sure...?

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    2. After due consideration I have decided to re-brand as "Inebriate Britain".

      Still do the park bench bit but forget the demands!

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    3. "Invertebrate Britain" - OK - that's fine. All the creep crawlies should go for that one. I like it.

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  3. You can always wash clothes and bodies in cold water.

    Our clothes dryer broke down this summer and we rediscovered solar and wind powered drying....

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    1. Washing in cold water? Good Lord, man - you cannot be serious? Drying clothes outdoors OK but very seasonal. I like your style, however.

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  4. Just count yourself lucky you've not been caught up with those Insulate Britain twats, now I agree with some of what they're saying, but after being caught up in their man made traffic jams twice now, im after blood!
    Also congrats on the sweeky tightness of your actions, a man after my own heart. I hope you remember to buy the Mrs a new jumper for Crimbo?

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    1. For no good reason, Ray, your comment reminds me of a very old joke from Les Dawson, which you will certainly have heard before...

      Elderly couple watching TV on a Saturday evening, After a while, the husband asks what time it is.

      "Nearly nine o'clock," says his wife.

      He thinks for a moment.

      "Why don't you go and put your coat on?" he asks.

      "Ooh - are we going out?"

      "No," he says, "but I'm going down to the pub, and I'm going to turn the heating off when I go out."

      [I think this must have been a North of England joke?]

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  5. Isn't it remarkable that in 2021 'we' are still discussing whether we should, perhaps go to net zero by 2050. Ah Man, you move at such lightening speed. Still, not that long ago that we had to have a man with a red flag in front of them dangerous automated carts, I guess...

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    1. It isn't impressive, is it? I was prompted to mention that ultimately people like Trump are guilty of some awful war crime against humanity, but of course I'd better not. It does occur to me, though, that, in a different context, the red flag man might still be with us if Trump was friendly with the guys who made the flags. Nah - I won't say any of that.

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