owww... that's painful... at current electric and fuel prices, you're going to go from £1000/year to £2200/year if you switch to electricity... Approximations...Just looked at our power bills the other day as the contract is up for renewal. Spoiler alert, rates are going up.
Bit of a rough thought experiment/estimation. I am sure there are loads of mitigating factors in all of this and the numbers are only indicators at best.
We have a gas central heating/hot water boiler. Modern combi thing. Two of us in a three bed semi. Very frugal and sparing with the heating. The thermostat is never set higher than 18. I like a decent shower, that is the only indulgence really. We have a log burner which probably gets used two dozen days per year.
Annual use to Jan 2021:
Electric 2793 KWH
Gas 9765 KWH
I work from home due to the current carry on and don't drive as much as I used to. Probably fill the car every three to four weeks.
16 times per year at 50 litres at 9.6kwh per litre is 7680 Kwh
For an electric equivalent roughly:
Divide by two due to electric motor efficiency. 85% vs 40%
So if we have to decarbonise my electric demand goes up from 2793 to 16398kwh. Nearly six times as much.
I suppose storage heaters could be employed at night when there is no demand so and so could the charging of the replacement electric vehicle, but if everyone is doing the same the power and cheap off peak electricity may not be there like it is at the moment.
I guess they need to start building something.
Electric compared to gas is five times more expensive per kwh so the efficiency gains need to be massive just to stay still.
I've seen a quote recently from National Grid stating they believe electricity generation needs the grow by 10% to accommodate electric vehicle chargingIt's a crazy thought... we don't generate enough electricity as it is, and yet if we follow the EV trends, we're going to need to generate 5 times as much as present!
I heard the other day that the ones off of the coast south along from skegness in lincolnshire had been up about 7 years but only just connected to the grid?! Dont know how true that is but what a waste if it is!I don't totally trust nuclear, but I am getting tired of wind turbines appearing on every hilltop.
Many times they are not turning, and they seem to have a tendency to burn out the brakes and catch fire.
The companies that install them ,depend on the government subsidies to make a profit ,and have no plans on how to restore environmental damage that they cause.
The municipal landfill in Casper, Wyoming, is the repository of at least 870 discarded blades, and one of the few locations in the country that accepts the massive fiberglass objects.www.dailymail.co.uk