Doing my bit to Keep It in the Ground

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Saturday 1247  – 3.09.2016

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Anyone who has been following my blog for a long time (and I know there are a few of you)  will know that I have solar panels and I’ve written about that on this blog twice before.

You can read those posts by clicking on these titles from January and March 2014 respectively.

Let there be Light and even more Light – you can’t get enough in my opinion!

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I am becoming a Solar Power Nerd !! Proud of it too !!

I’d like to tell you about a new milestone in my Solar experience and here it is below, taken on this Saturday 3rd September, 2016. 

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Yes indeed!  I have saved 5,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from being released into the atmosphere since I had my solar panels installed;  2 and a half years ago.  Over that time 62.8% of all the electricity I have used has come from my solar panels and I have exported to the national Grid 76.3% of all the electricity I have produced. Imagine if every household, business, school and public building was doing that?  Storage is the next hurdle , the technology is there it’s just too costly at present. 

This is what 5,000 tonnes looks like

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That fills me with joy but I know it is a tiny drop in the ocean. I still drive my car, heat my house,cook and fly from time to time. As well as my solar panels, and having my house well insulated, I support tree planting organisations and have planted many trees myself over my lifetime so far, to try to mitigate my use of fossil fuels. 

If catastrophic Global Warming is to be avoided then we MUST keep fossil fuels in the ground, no ifs or buts we just have to. Simple as that.  

The Guardian launched it’s “Keep it in the Ground” campaign in 2015. Some facts :- 

  1. 2C: There is overwhelming agreement – from governments, corporations, NGOs, banks, scientists, you name it – that a rise in temperatures of more than 2C by the end of the century would lead to disastrous consequences for any kind of recognised global order.
  2. 565 gigatons: “Scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by mid-century and still have some reasonable hope of staying below 2C,” is how McKibben crisply puts it. Few dispute that this idea of a global “carbon budget” is broadly right.
  3. 2,795 gigatons: This is the amount of carbon dioxide that if they were burned would be released from the proven reserves of fossil fuel – ie the fuel we are planning to extract and use.

You do not need much of a grasp of maths to work out the implications. There are trillions of dollars worth of fossil fuels currently underground which, for our safety, simply cannot be extracted and burned. All else is up for debate: that much is not.

I am not going to write any more about that but I would encourage everyone who reads this to follow up by reading these links below and taking action by spreading the word and thinking about how you personally can help to avoid this catastrophe. Drive less, use plastic less,reduce, reuse, recycle more, get solar panels or use other forms of alternative energy, insulate your home, plant trees,  campaign, put pressure on your elected representatives: small changes by each of us make a big difference. 

We ARE running out of time. 

Watch the video here:-

http://greenhousepr.co.uk/keep-it-in-the-ground-guardian-campaign-on-fossil-fuel-divestment/ 

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/06/climate-change-guardian-threat-to-earth-alan-rusbridger 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2015/mar/16/keep-it-in-the-ground-guardian-climate-change-campaign 

https://350.org/how/  – *The number 350 means climate safety: we must reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere from >400 parts per million to below 350.

When I wrote my Solar Power Nerd post on 1st March 2014 I ended by asking this:-

 “I wonder when the joy of producing my own electricity will wear off?”

I am happy to say the answer is a resounding NEVER! 

As ever I welcome your thoughts .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania by clicking here 

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I am becoming a Solar Power Nerd !! Proud of it too !!

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Saturday 1378  – 1.03.2014

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my plans to have solar panels fitted to my roof; a long held wish of mine.
That post was called “Let there be Light and even more Light – you can’t get enough in my opinion” ( bit wordy wasn’t it! ) and you can read that post here

Well they are UP and my joy knows no bounds

I can’t stop grinning as you can see  😀 😀 . 

On this Saturday I hoovered throughout the house and car (you’d be amazed at how much electricity a vacuum cleaner uses!), cooked my lunch using my electric oven, did a load of washing  and used the dishwasher. Not all at once but one after another. I didn’t use any electricity from the grid; just the electricity I was producing myself. How cool is that !!

I have never enjoyed housework so much!

I thought I’d share some nerdy photos of the hardware and software that lets me keep tabs on what I’m producing and when I’m importing/exporting electricity from/to the grid, etc.  This feeds into my computer and displays all sorts of lovely graphs and stuff.

The photo at the top shows how much electricity I was producing at that moment ( this photo was actually taken on Sunday morning because I forgot to do it on Saturday! DOH! ) 

You know I do believe I could watch it all day.  😀 😀 there’s that grinning again!

The graph below is Saturday’s and it shows how much electricity I was using ( red) how much solar power I was producing (green) and the net figure (blue)  which is mostly nicely in the minus part of the graph where I want it to be. 

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This one below shows, on the left, where the electricity is used and shows I used approx 45% of the electricity I produced with about 55% being exported.. 

The one on the right shows how the days electricity was produced with almost 60% being from my solar panels.. How gratifying  😀 😀 sorry grinning again.

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These final photos show the gadget that gathers the readings from my panels and from my electricity meter.

Isn’t it a pretty gadget  😀  

This first shot was taken when I was producing 1.3 kw more than I was using and the minus sign means I was exporting this amount to the grid for some other person to use. 

A wonderful feeling and one which I can strongly recommend.  It also glows a lovely green colour underneath..

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A gentle slowly pulsing mauve colour shows when you are using a small amount of electricity from the grid; 168 watts in this case.

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…and this final one is the one you don’t want to see too often. Vibrant red shows when I switch the kettle on and a reading of  2848 watts, all coming from the grid.. Yipes!  but then it was night-time!

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Another good side-effect of this gadget is that it makes you much more aware of how much electricity you are using, which can only be a good thing..

I wonder when the joy of producing my own electricity will wear off ?

Maybe never  ?

As ever I welcome your thoughts .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here 

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These are not my images or my feet  😉