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However when deciding on a home heating system, the capital cost of a few plug in storage heaters is much less than an oil/gas/solid fuel central heating system - often with underfloor plumbing etc.) and the latter is generally much less efficient or targeted at when you need the heat most. I haven't done the sums recently, but even with night-rate electricity, the cost of an electrical heating system was always prohibitive when the critical house design and modification decisions were being made (as were heat pumps, solar panels, or a domestic wind turbine).
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But PVs and panel prices have been heading downwards steadily. If some of the subsidies were diverted from Dinosaur Energy to New Energy, it's likely there would be some impressive cost reductions fairly quickly.
As always, the real issues are political. Fossils have had power over governments for a long time, and are embedded in the financial and political establishment.
New Energy is challenging that - but still making good headway, regardless.
The change has to happen eventually. The real question is whether it happens smoothly, or whether fossils lemming themselves and everyone else off the cliff edge before the rest of us get a chance to pick up the pieces and start being sane about energy.
That's no benefit in the summer...
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
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