I love my wood stove... I live in a pine forest... in the mountains.
Natural gas for our hydronic heat has nearly doubled from what it was in 2020. And electricity has went up almost that amount too.
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I read a BBC news article last week about how in England they've been fining and jailing folks for using their fireplaces this winter......because Carbon!
Wow! I pay $0.085/kWh. That’s 24/7 on demand and no tiered pricing based on how much I use. It’s through a cooperative and mostly coal and hydro generated.
Whether it is or not is not relevant. Salespeople use every technique they can regardless of what they're selling. If it reduces overall emissions, it's a bonus over alternatives. Convenience depends on location.It's all virtue signaling
That doesn't even deserve a reply.There will be alot of poor NY'ers shivering in the dark to save the planet.
An objective "contrarian"?
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Not everyone can do that. On a scale of millions of people and decades, the rate of cutting vs the rate of planting matters, but I wouldn't know the numbers. I have yet to read anything about firewood being a problem, probably because it can't catch on in cities.I love my wood stove... I live in a pine forest... in the mountains.
Not the case here. There's so much dead pine in the forests it's a problem, a huge problem.Not everyone can do that. On a scale of millions of people and decades, the rate of cutting vs the rate of planting matters, but I wouldn't know the numbers. I have yet to read anything about firewood being a problem, probably because it can't catch on in cities.
When we still owned a house, both our house, and my FIL's house were mostly heated by trees that fell in people's yards or blown down in storms. If we didn't burn them, they would have rotted and released their carbon anyway.Out here, we're burning pine that was cleared out of the National Forest. If we don't burn it, mother nature will.
When I was growing up, we had separate gas and electricity utilities that actually competed for home heating. Where I live now there is just one utility company providing both gas and electricity.Gas pricing has been going up for years here. It used to be a much cheaper alternative to heating homes and hot water. It is now priced a the tipping point where it is the same effeciency to use a heatpump on electricity. It is also getting more expensive as the government allowed large overseas contracts to take precedence over providing local supply. So we get to pay the gouging rates that are becoming prevalent due to disturbed supply chains throughout the rest of the world. Our state government has a lot to answer for in this regard.
Add to that the fact that they are closing coal-fired generators and pushing prices up in that market, the consumers are getting screwed both ways and the power providers are having massive windfalls at our expense (litterally).
FYI, our electricity is currently around $0.30/kWh.
$0.0451 on our latest bill. We are in the sticks though.
How will you keep us posted if you are totally off the grid?Currently looking at going completely off-grid because of electricity pricing and service irregularities. Not as simple as assumed when you start talking about multiple buildings across a farm. I'll keep you informed of the progress if you're interested.
Hand written notes via carrier wombat.How will you keep us posted if you are totally off the grid?
I'd recommend against "The Borg Collective". I saw a documentary on that, and it didn't work out well for Picard. Think outside the box... there's some bad things going on inside..... I am on a net metering plan with the Borg collective...
Appreciate that, but I don't get to choose my dance partner.I'd recommend against "The Borg Collective".
I would make this analogy: Federal laws are like a first rough sanding with a coarse grit, and local laws are like finer sanding for details like around the edge of a fin. They got to start somewhere. But I try not to get involved in the local vs federal debates. I'm more into trying to better understand the technical aspects of climate (it's all physics and planets and satellites and thermodynamics and fluid dynamics and radiation spectra) and how to make better products (it's all engineering).That's why federal laws that cover the entire country are often illogical. What works in the mountains of Colorado may not work in New York City.
There's a solid distinction between carbon that's already circulating on the Earth's surface between trees, the air, and oceans (not concerning), and new carbon (from petroleum) that is being added to what's already circulating. The effects of adding large amounts of "new" carbon (from petroleum) in a short time (a few decades) is what people are worried about.When we still owned a house, both our house, and my FIL's house were mostly heated by trees that fell in people's yards or blown down in storms. If we didn't burn them, they would have rotted and released their carbon anyway.
Not the case here. There's so much dead pine in the forests it's a problem, a huge problem.
I have no doubt that they are. Providing power and enough of it is the core of the job/service. No one destroys an old bridge before building the new one.Hopefully, someone is running the number to prevent furture brown outs.
You lost me. It's not hot in Colorado, at least not where most of the forests are... that's kind of how it works.Makes it kind of ironic that forest fires seem to always be in places that are already hot. Not too many forest fires in Iowa during the winter (yes, I know why).
I have no doubt that they are. Providing power and enough of it is the core of the job/service. No one destroys an old bridge before building the new one.
As much as anyone else doing their job. I can't say "cops are better at being cops than store clerks are at being store clerks".I think you are giving them too much credit.
There aren't any forest fires in Co this winter either... Yes, that is how it works. I personally think the fires typically happen because of exhaustingly poor forest management. (I could tell stories about my brief encounter with USFS and using USAF C-130 MAFFS) Fires happen all over the place...just usually not when it's cold.You lost me. It's not hot in Colorado, at least not where most of the forests are... that's kind of how it works.
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