The Age of Frugaldom
ENERGY - Oh dear, where should I begin so as not to rattle too many cages? It is a fact that our main sources of energy are fossil fuels and nuclear power, there is absolutely no escaping that. It is also a fact that if the infrastructure isn't in place to keep up with ever-increasing demand, then we will face shortages. How they deal with those shortages could be two-fold; prices will continue to increase so we are 'encouraged' to use less, plus there could be rationing during peak times. As demand grows, so, too, must supply and that means extending the capacity of network while also spending billions upon billions of pounds trying to generate enough power to pipe round that supply system.
Willing individuals have little effect on this inevitable process, so governments will be forced to take action and enforce energy saving measures on us all - households and businesses alike. We know we need energy, so we should be investing in good, environmentally friendly, renewable sources using what we have readily available to us - the natural elements. I've been keeping an eye on hydrogen fuel cell development for some years now, but recently added in the carbon-based graphene technology. Whether or not cold fusion, the LENR energy catalyser or solar docking stations ever come on the market remains to be seen, but it's probably best to keep an eye on those developments, too.
I'd still love to install solar power to the shed and concoct a way of deriving power from the little stream that runs through the bottom of the garden, but technology is not my strong point and the stream floods halfway up the garden during extreme and prolonged rain.
Finally, frugal living is also about frugal ways of working, so saving at home is just one side of the coin. Playing this 'game' in a working environment is where we coined the term 'frugaleur', which basically means a frugal entrepreneur. If you can earn your own living in a frugal and sustainable way, investing wisely and creating a business from what you have around you, then why not try it? what have you got to lose, if the basic premise is starting from scratch with nothing?
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