I’ve spent probably way too much time thinking about burning things. And the conclusion I’ve reached is that we need more wood.
I do not want an oil-burning furnace. I can’t afford an oil-burning furnace. I don’t want oil-burning anything to even be.
First of all, wood stoves are not an automatic environmental impact win. You should know that right up front (more about it later). We always consider environmental impact when we choose but we also take into account other things: comfort, safety, labor commitment and especially resilience. Our wood stove was chosen mainly for resilience.
A new possibility for near-term abatement involves heat/cool energy, the only type of consumption that’s unaffected by growing demand for electronic technology. In addition to cutting carbon, less air conditioning also cuts the use of chlorinated refrigerants.
I discuss some of the ways you can add the equivalent of an extra layer of clothes to your residence.
If we rely solely on insulation, solar energy and sustainable architecture, it would take too much time to address the high energy use of buildings.
Restoring the old way of warming would not make sense without new technology.
It would make a lot of sense to restore this old way of warming, especially since modern technology has made it so much more practical, safe and efficient.
Nearly half the UK is now open to fracking. The latest onshore oil and gas licensing round opened up most of England and the Midland Valley of Scotland for applications to drill…
We use many times more energy keeping warm than our ancestors did…