Change your way of living…now! It’s much more possible than you thought…
Above: Terence Eden on a recent episode of BBC Click
Terence Eden is a phenomena: his curious, practical and intelligent way of understanding how IT and smart energy impacts on everyone is immensely inspiring. He uses his IT knowledge and skills to make things better for more people, more of the time. He also writes a really useful blog about the reality of new tech and gadgets.
From his investigation of mobile spamming where a third party received his information without permission and invited him to have a free bet, Terence pursued the oddness of this by checking the domain of the third party and found a network hop of at least seven other parties who had access to his details when he idly ticked a box saying he’d like to receive updates years previously. (If you get spam, especially the kind of spam that looks like a text from your bank Text 7726 (SPAM) to stop it. (The latest spam scams are here)
Terence was also featured on BBC Click (the brilliant episode that explained Dinorwig Pumping Station in Wales as a kind of giant battery (see article here), because he’s part of an 82 home, community centre and school experiment with home batteries and solar panels in Oxfordshire. In the trial the home batteries had been produced at a unit cost of £5,000, the trial subsidy reduced the cost to the participants to £500.
Above images from BBC Click’s Batteries Included programme illustrating the relation between home energy generation, saving money and less environmental impact.
The virtuous cycle in the project means that the community becomes resilient and strong, the school and community centre appreciate how energy can be produced and used with solar panels and batteries and develop a deeper understanding of light and energy through everyday practice. The average electricity saving per household in the study is around £560. Terence’s battery runs for 1.4 kw hours and saved 15% on energy bills, it’s used to power his electric vehicle and it is effective: he’s paid by the grid for the power he generates even when he uses it…at the moment it’s 2 kw hours which is great and can be shared…