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by Haddock
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar panels - more energy than they are worth?
Replies: 23
Views: 7993

Think for the main page at Engineer poet (Ergosphere) is http://ergosphere.blogspot.com/
by Haddock
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar panels - more energy than they are worth?
Replies: 23
Views: 7993

Hope this helps SOLAR Question #1: Do solar panels ever pay back the energy needed to make them? Answer: Yes. As of the late 1990's, systems based on crystalline silicon PV panels returned their energy of manufacture in less than 4 years (about 3 years for the module and frame), and systems based on...
by Haddock
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:41 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: paper log maker.
Replies: 34
Views: 48056

I have been been using the brickette maker for 2 years and I am very happy with it. It takes a while to make them, but its worth it in the end. I also burn them in combination with wood, coal and sawdust brickettes. They tend to burn slow and last about an hour. My chimney sweep was quite impressed ...
by Haddock
Sun Jun 12, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Bindis!!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 8064

Nev......is it safe to live in Australia???.....what with Great Whites and Blue ring octopus in the sea, and spiders dropping out of trees and hiding under toilet seats......and I've heard the snakes are none to friendly either. :wink:
by Haddock
Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:00 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Plastic Bags
Replies: 108
Views: 72969

I agree with INA that the best way forward is for shops to charge for plastic bags. Here in Germany everyone takes cloth bags or boxes when they go shopping. You rarely see shoppers buying plastic bags. The only supermarket I have seen here that gave away plastic bags for free was Walmart - and they...
by Haddock
Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Dont use plastic shopping bags!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 13268

Just found this article that shows that an Aussie town has actually banned plastic bags.......Excellant :cheers:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/06 ... n_city.php
by Haddock
Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: "To plant a tree in your own garden..."
Replies: 17
Views: 7882

I have planted 4 trees this year (btw - these are the only trees I have ever planted) in my garden....and it feels good :cheers: A Jonagold apple tree, a Victoria Plum tree, a Mirabelle plum tree & a decorative Japanese Full Moon Maple. All the fruit trees look like sticks with leaves, but they'll g...
by Haddock
Fri May 20, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Potatoes in Pots
Replies: 17
Views: 8823

I'm really interested to see how this all works out, and will definately have a go next year.
by Haddock
Fri May 20, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Quince
Replies: 7
Views: 4372

Alcina.......Many thanks for the reply. Never heard of Quinces before, but very interesting.
by Haddock
Thu May 19, 2005 5:30 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Germany Calling
Replies: 8
Views: 3699

I just wondered if self sufficiency, or a degree of it, was practiced much in Germany. Do they have clubs etc like we do here in the UK? Not sure really about clubs, but I think people are more enviromentally aware here. The Green party have been very active for years. Most people live in flats her...
by Haddock
Wed May 18, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Quince
Replies: 7
Views: 4372

I guess its a dumb question, but what is Quince? :oops:
by Haddock
Wed May 18, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Domestic Wind Generators
Replies: 7
Views: 4239

Renewable devices in Scotland do a roof mounted Wind turbine. Dont really know how good it is but check the sites below.

http://www.renewabledevices.com/

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/05 ... ind_tu.php
by Haddock
Wed May 18, 2005 8:13 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Nuclear Power The fuel of the future?
Replies: 26
Views: 13660

I live on a new housing estate here in Germany. Approx 50% of the houses have solar for pre heatng water, and there are quite a few with Electric solar as well. I would have loved to have solar on my roof but as the costs started escalating during the building phase, some savings had to be made. In ...
by Haddock
Wed May 18, 2005 7:58 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: The Peak Oil Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 3650

There have been a lot of articles about Peak Oil in the last few years. Nobody seems certain whether we have reached the peak as yet. Some say we have, and some say we havent, but common sense says it will happen at some stage, and probably sooner than we think. Major Oil companies keep on adjusting...
by Haddock
Wed May 18, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Germany Calling
Replies: 8
Views: 3699

Many thanks to everyone for the nice welcome. I'm sure I'll be around here for a long time.........its nice and relaxed.