Since putting the solar panels and buying a new PWM controller for the portable panels, I’ve only been having to start the engine to move the boat.
What I used to have to do every morning for 2 hours. I now do only every other week for about 1 hour.
What’s left is free energy.
By 6pm at night, there is a lot more left, meaning I can watch TV and do those other things I want to.
By 9am the next morning, the batteries are full again.
Who can say this isn’t good value?
Government increases tax rate on domestic solar panels to 20%
The government is trying to discourage people from using these by increasing the VAT on them to full rate, whilst a VAT reduction remains for other fossil fuels energy items such as gas, diesel and coal.
Goods or services
Electricity for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity
Gas for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity
Heating oil for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity
Solar panels for domestic and residential use or for non-business use by a charity
Just shows how serious our government is about renewables and climate change.
Thankfully, I’ve got my panels now and I won’t be paying this charge.
The charge comes in in October, so it’s time to getting fitting your panels now.
Probably my last full day of walking, and a long day it was.
Should have halved the day by stopping in Ghansa, but didn’t. Didn’t really want to walk backwards and uphill.
I think this was a mistake.
Walking from Kalopani to Tadopani in one day is definitely too far. Even though it was downhill, it was nearly 20 miles, and there were no villages to stop for lunch, so it was a straight through job.
By the time it got to 5 o’clock, I’d stopped enjoying the countryside, and was more concerned about my feet.
Kalopani to Tadopani
The views walking from Kalopani to Tadopani were spectacular, and although the trail had been destroyed by landslides in places it was pretty, if a slightly dangerous walk through small villages, mountain valleys, through forests and ravines.
When I got to outside Tadopani, some heavy plant and engineers were in the process in of improving the road.
All the passengers had got out of their 4×4 and buses, and were congregated around the work-site, socialising at the road-side or waiting patiently, or impatiently inside their vehicles.
I passed these folk and carried on into the town. When I arrived, it was 5pm, and the only place I managed to get accommodation was called Dhaulagiri Lodge, which actually turned out to be quite good. …