Energy Update

Energy round up Energy is big in news with increased prices. Like many others I have not only turned down the thermostat last year but optimised the flow temperature, make sure boiler condensing and operating efficiently. There are several good videos on YouTube about this including those from Szymon Czaban (Urban Plumbers) and Heat Geek. I am also now taking cooler shorter showers, less often. My job no longer needs commuting but when I have to go into office it will be by either bus or bicycle with a train.

End of July Web Tips

Web browsing tips. I recommend using Firefox to browse the web and install the extension(s) uBlock Origin and /or Privacy Badger. For more web tips see my old static sb computing and internet web pages.

May Update

Happy Beltane / Merry Mayday I have not used this blog as much as I intended being busy with life. It is a pity did not get to the local May Day March although went past by on way through city centre for some family to get there covid jabs on other side of town, turned out as well as appointment they were doing walk-ins so maybe could have rejigged the timing to go, but to tell you truth I missed several announcements even though by emails and in WhatsApp group on, had come so only found out on the day.

HSE Consults on Gas Quality

Building on SGN’s Oban project and other recent Gas Quality research and industry review, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on revising the Gas Safety Management Regulations (GSMR). These proposed changes will reduce processing costs and remove a barrier to future diversification of UK gas sources to support progress towards Net-Zero.

Keeping Safe on the Internet

There are many aspects of internet safety with an ever-evolving set of threats that need to guard against when using the internet. My understanding of internet safety has evolved both as the internet evolves and with my family using the internet. Parental controls are an area I have come to understand practically. It is well worth parents understanding them and properly setting them up even if can be a bit of extra work to deal with.

The blog is back

The blog is back using HUGO static site generator, and a theme by Rijo Thomas. I am getting used to writing entries as Markdown text using Ghostwriter. Displaying the year for entries is not matching those in the file and I have yet to work out why, but given there are many calenders I am in no rush to fix. The year can be worked out from the url of the post.

Future of this blog?

I have been wondering what to do with this blog, driven by me moving my websites to a new host Webarchitechs. So far the new virtual server does not have PHP on, and I am minded not to install it. I wish to keep it pretty slimline and lightweight, which will mean no WordPress. So should I abandon this blog? Or rehost it in the same way Giles Thomas has done as outline in his post using his new solution.

Two gas networks in 2050: bio-methane/syn-gas (with up to 20% Hydrogen) and 100% hydrogen

My prediction is that in 2050 in the UK and hopefully worldwide, there will be two sort of large scale Gas Networks delivering energy for heating: a non-fossil synthetic / bio-methane (with up to 20% Hydrogen) and a fully 100% hydrogen Network be it from fossil fuels with Carbon Capture and Storage (Blue Hydrogen) or from electrolysis from Green electricity. To get there we need to grow market for bio-methane using the existing Gas Networks.

Security of Supply

The public support investing in Security of Supply be it Water, Electricity or Gas as covered in Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)’s Gas International October 2019 article “When lights go out” Page 30: ‘Overall, the recent interruptions to supply illustrate that the systems that provide our utilities are not 100 per cent guaranteed and there is a trade-off between security of supply and cost to the consumer. System operators will point out that critical infrastructure has a responsibility to maintain equipment and procedures that mitigate utility interruptions and that overall they are rare.

Gasworkers, Leeds, 1890

“Throughout 1889, there had been rumblings among the Gasworkers; it should not need stressing that these were critical to the economy and comfort of the city. As winter approached, the Gas Committee conceded to a number of demands on hours and pay. These were buoyant days for the newly powerful Trade Union movement and the concession was a notable victory. The Committee was not minded to accept its defeat, however, and prepared for a battle the following summer when gas demand was at its lowest.