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  • The downside of going all-electric etc

    One of the saddest tales of hardship following Storm Arwen was told by a woman lamenting that, if they hadn't just changed their old oil heating system for a new air source heat pump-based one, the loss of power wouldn't have deprived them of heat as well as electricity.
    Something rather similar happened locally, when a district heating system failed over this last, perishing cold weekend; see https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2021/11/30/shoreditch-pipe-leak-450-residents-without-heating/ .
    That reminded me just how useful it is to have both gas and electricity, as when my new gas boiler broke down just after I moved house at the end of November. At least I still had an immersion heater to produce hot bathwater, after having to keep 'warm' getting grubby with endless furniture shifting, cleaning and unpacking of boxes.
    If we all go all-electric, we put ourselves at the mercy of a breakdown in our only source of power. So I'm hoping that pure hydrogen-fuelled boilers become practical in London by the time that my current gas boiler needs replacing. I don't want to lose the alternative source of power, in case something goes wrong in future - as it invariably will do, sooner or later.
    • That`s not a good thought and reminds me how useful my old-fashioned Gas fire was when we had a elec..

    • We have gas fired central heating but if there is a power cut that' s no good because the pump won't..

    • What serves as emergency heating if you have no gas and the electric breaks down-anyone know? It`s m..

    • @Kr... it does make one focus on what to do in an emergency. I could probably have a coal o..

    • @ma... Found an article on it.Oddly the generalisms explaining the fuel they use come at the end. Ke..

    • @Kr... NB that's a US site, so no one here should spend time choosing which one they think ..

    • @Di... Ooops! I usually add +UK to my searches-forgot this time.

    • @Kr... I was glad to have kept a very ancient portable, radiant electric fire for the same ..

    • @ma... I put working fireplaces back into this house but they're all converted to gas and would need..

    • @Di... It`s still electric.So what to do when the electricity goes down?

    • @Kr... That's my backup heating when the gas boiler has problems, the equivalent to your ol..

    • @Di... Gotcha! I think the change-over from fossil fuels to more alternative/eco-friendly energy is..

Save The Planet

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