Alternative Energy and Congratulations to Richard Flanagan:

From your musical tastes to your political views, were you ever way ahead of the rest of us, adopting the new and the emerging before everyone else?

Solar energy comes to mind. My father was selling solar panels in Tasmania back in the 1970s. He was ahead of his time. He put solar panels on our home when we returned to Tasmania to heat our hot water. We also had a Raeburn stove, so the water had duel heating methods, but it helped keep our power bill low.

When we moved into this home, our first task was to get solar energy to assist to bring our costs down. Although it was initially expensive, our hope of having lower living costs was a priority, as well as our bit to help the environment. Today, we had the service man to service our system. He had many ideas about how we could go off the grid altogether. That is our next priority. Changes are happening so quickly with the power companies charging more, we are really grateful that we are able to do this.

It is so sad that our government is not encouraging and prioritizing alternative energy sources, in fact, making it more difficult, by closing down any support to agencies that are/were working and researching in this area.

Yesterday our Australian, (Tasmanian), author, Richard Flanagan, who won the Booker Prize for his book, β€˜The Narrow Road to the Deep North’, spoke of how ashamed he was of Australia lagging behind, and not facing Climate Change. Congratulations to this wonderful author, I am really looking forward to reading his book, and well done for speaking up!

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19 thoughts on “Alternative Energy and Congratulations to Richard Flanagan:

  1. hilarycustancegreen

    My father built a swimming pool in our garden in the 1960s and built a solar heating system to heat the water! He, like Flanagan’s main character, was a Far East POW so I will be reading the book. I have a book of my parents’ war experiences, told through their own, letters to publish next year, once my novel is published in December (not, sadly, a Booker candidate).

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Good to hear that you have your parents letters to publish Hilary; such dreadful times. Who knows what lies ahead for you! Good luck with your own book, look forward to hearing more about it. Lucky you, having a solar heated pool in your youth! πŸ™‚

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  2. Aussie Emjay

    My grandfather put solar panels on his roof way before it was the norm too; I think their house was the only one in the small country NSW town to have them. My grandparents travelled the world in the 50s & 60s and my grandfather loved to bring ideas home. I remember being intrigued as to how it would work on a cloudy day (not very well as it turned out if you were the 3rd or 4th person to have a shower!).

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  3. Master of Something Yet

    ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ won the Booker. ‘Death of a River Guide’ is his first book.

    We tried to put solar panels on a number of years ago but got so confused about how it would work and if it would even save us money that we gave up. Been hoping it would get simpler (and cheaper) but I suspect not under this government.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks, I changed the title, sorry, i was distracted! As far as solar is concerned, the man we had today was marvellous and very informative. When we first had the panels put on here, we were so ignorant and it was so complex and expensive. The prices have come down enormously, and it would be worth getting someone in that knows what they are talking about.
      This government is not helping at all!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks M-R, i did appreciate your e-mail!! My mind isn’t always where it should be!
      Yes my darling papa was before his time in many respects. He died in 1991, but his influence still prods us from time to time.

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      1. Master of Something Yet

        I don’t have her email address to do it privately!! And I was only doing it out of respect to Richard and I know I would want to be told. (By the way, it’s Narrow Road. I’m not meaning to be picky, honestly!!)
        And by all means edit my comments to delete all references. No one need know….

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      2. bkpyett Post author

        Thank you H, I do appreciate your attention to detail, and the fact that you respect Richard, as I do too. Hopefully it’s OK now!
        I don’t mind being told, in fact I’m very grateful.

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