Today is blog action day, which I joined fairly early on in the promotion (17th August) and has grown to become one of the largest initiatives ever undertaken by the Blogosphere. Sometimes blogosphere or “the ‘sphere” is used as a derogative. I think this is a huge exception. Over 15,000 blogs have currently registered as being participants.
The issue being undertaken this year is the environment.
As I have written in the past, I am busy building a new home. Actually it is close to completion and we will hopefully be moving in during November.
One decision we made is that as well as exceeding all “norms” for insulation, we were going to attempt to use renewable energy sources as much as possible.
Our initial intention was to use geothermal energy, because our house is built over a very usable geothermal hotspot. The initial cost to do so would have been at least twice as much as a conventional heating system and in Poland no government grants are available for home owners.
The exploitation costs were far from free, with the need to use some electricity for pumping and heat exchange, and wear and tear on the equipment.
Unfortunately we would also have to pay tax similar to if we were piping natural gas or burning oil to heat our home, simply because the pipes would have to run fairly deeply into the ground beneath our home.
We have opted for alternative solutions, solar panels and burning wood pellets made from waste materials which have originated in Poland’s extensive renewable wood plantations.
I would like to encourage the World superpowers to place a global ban on taxation of geothermal energy.