Thursday, 27 August 2015

Update on SMART Meter and tin can art

I have written on my blog previously about our efforts to cut electricity bills. We have followed the advice in the Daily Telegraph in the last two months and have turned off our cooker, small Freeview TV and the BT internet hub when not in use.  This, plus careful monitoring of other use via the Smart meter, we have established that in the summer at least we can use less than £1 a day. We have changed to a monthly bill and in July and August periods (not quite calendar dates as the company can,t do that for some reason) we managed to be just under £33 for each month. Winter use is going to be different question!

I experimented further with the use of aluminum drink cans and used a flattened strip to make this butterfly. The pattern came from a quilting/embroidery site on the web.  The pattern scored on back mostly, with a few on the silver(inner) side, were made  with a flat head screwdriver.  It is attached to the conservatory frame with a bit of blu tack.

Another large bowl of tomatoes today from the poly tunnel, the greenhouse and outside. Added some to a lamb stew with some mini courgettes tonight! We have visitor this weekend so I will make a minestrone soup and spaghetti bolanaise from scratch which would have used a total of 3 tins/cartons of tomatoes if I had to buy them in.
Planted some lettuce seedlings in the polytunnel to take us well into the autumn; the previous sowings have not formed heads and I suspect it was too hot for them.


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  1. You are doing well with your electricity, I'm good with turning things off, but you are in another league. Love your can art.

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    1. Had to laugh this weekend. Our youngest son came for a few days, earns a daily fortune in the City, but his fascination with our SMART meter was funny, Even he stated to question what was on and voluntarily went to turn off some lights - a break through - only taken 34 years to train him!

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  2. You've just reminded me to start some more seeds off for lettuce and beetroot for the greenhouse. I want to clear the greenhouse by the end of next month and plant peas as an experiment.

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    1. I have bunged in some mangetout peas in a pot and they are growing well but not making any flowers?

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