PDQ Mobile wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:Back to the OP...
I just got phoned by me *previous* supplier...
Because your new subsidy is going to put them out of business?
We're all "ears".
To talk to me about changing my meter...
I did point out that the last time I asked them for a check meter they said they couldn’t because I wasn’t a customer (I still was, but was transferring at the time).
And now you are not their customer they want you to have their meter. Don't make sense to me.
Anyway here's my response to your earlier posts:
It's just too long and time consuming to answer all those points from my lonely perspective.
However a misconception from Bob is that old (as in quite old) vehicles are VED rated on emissions.
They are not, they are rated on cc alone.
So even a old car with a brand new and clean engine will pay a hefty wack.
This high VED is a major reason why many old and still decent vehicles have disappeared from our roads.
((Really old vehicles (over 40 years) are now VED exempt but there are so few in daily use that I don't think it's a big deal. And I did not complain about it Bob, you are quite mistaken.
Perhaps I'll hang on to "old and stinky 'til then!! ))
I just don't accept that being paid to USE leccy is not subsidized by other users.
It surely reduces the profit on peak prices that you say is the real cost of peak production.
In terms of a business model it sounds exactly the sort of idea that will induce bankruptcy quicker. Rather than straight and simple pricings.
Why not just give it for free or for very little?
If "free" is the minimum tariff then you will still use it to charge your wheels and heat your other stuff and the company won't make so much of a loss?
Which Kwackers states happens a good deal and firms eventually (or often) go out out business.
You say my tariff is a only a balance and that is why you are subsidizing me.
I maintain I pay a fair rate for the little I use, but if those negative tariffs were abolished then I could pay less and my supply company still not go bust.
That is how I see it.
On another point.
Sure I could travel greener long distance- by rail. Or cheaper by air.
Both restrict carriage of goods though.
I could "very greenly" cycle too and I have done it, but I would eat more than the airfare (!) and could carry little.
A small economical estate car seems a neat (and comfortable) compromise. Once or twice a year for someone that does not regularly commute seems ok to me. Annual mileage is well below average.
I use wood for all heating, hot water and cooking, Bob.
It is not a solution for everyone I know, but it suits me as I have a plentiful supply.
And it is reckoned carbon neutral.
I am organized with it all and try to keep emissions down by using dry fuel. And I enjoy the process.
The ash is used as fertilizer. It is a nice round self sustaining system. It uses a little fossil energy (diesel perhaps 10 or 15 liters per annum, and some 2t petrol for the saw ) and electrical energy in the processing.
I understand the point about leccy heating.
I sort of have reservations about using leccy for pure heat though- it is so much better at driving motors and cars! So while I think boiling the odd kettle or drying one's hair is ok, I think leccy storage heaters and the like would often be better and more efficient as gas or oil.
Heat pumps are ok.
Have reservations about air source, they seem expensive buy and to run, and are unreliable in my limited experience. But I guess a saving over straight conversion leccy to heat is better than nothing for those who have no ground source possibilities.
However there are a lot of poorer folk in the UK that are totally dependent on straight leccy for heating and cooking etc. It is often a big slice out of limited incomes and a reduction in kwh prices would help them.
So maybe you have a better picture of where I'm coming from.
It's all upthread anyway.
EVs are ok in their place. We are going to need them for sure.
They are not without issues though and they are not carbon neutral.
They are expensive compared to some other simpler solutions.
I feel us older vehicle users have been given a rough deal tax wise.
And although new EV users still have significant sustainability and environmental issues they are being promoted and subsidized more heavily than is warranted.
And I still don't think it's right.
That is my personal and perhaps idiosyncratic view.