Energy companies must pay YOU interest if they hold your money.

Energy companies hold billions of pounds of money of our money.  They are earning profit interest on these holdings.

In the same way that companies can charge interest on outstanding invoices, energy companies should be forced to pay interest on balances on energy accounts (I suggest 5% above BoE base rate)..

Why is this idea important?

Energy companies hold billions of pounds of money of our money.  They are earning profit interest on these holdings.

In the same way that companies can charge interest on outstanding invoices, energy companies should be forced to pay interest on balances on energy accounts (I suggest 5% above BoE base rate)..

Move income tax, to a tax on dirty energy

 

If we want to encourage clean energy development and lower electricity use, we should raise taxes on emissions created by power plants, so that dirty energy costs more to produce than clean energy. 

If a tax based on the amount of pollutants a power station produced was raised significantly it would make renewable energy economically advantages.  Making clean energy cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels would lead to a surge in renewable energy projects.  This would lower pollution, create a secure energy supply and help the economy through investment.

Obviously this would lead to higher energy prices.  The government should offset this by lowering income tax.  Maybe the Liberal Democrats could get their 10,000 income tax threshold.  Those on fixed incomes would also need an increase, paid for by the emissions tax.  This would be a fairer system of taxation.  

Why is this idea important?

 

If we want to encourage clean energy development and lower electricity use, we should raise taxes on emissions created by power plants, so that dirty energy costs more to produce than clean energy. 

If a tax based on the amount of pollutants a power station produced was raised significantly it would make renewable energy economically advantages.  Making clean energy cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels would lead to a surge in renewable energy projects.  This would lower pollution, create a secure energy supply and help the economy through investment.

Obviously this would lead to higher energy prices.  The government should offset this by lowering income tax.  Maybe the Liberal Democrats could get their 10,000 income tax threshold.  Those on fixed incomes would also need an increase, paid for by the emissions tax.  This would be a fairer system of taxation.  

Reduce the luminosity and number of street lights and security lighting

Within the last ten years there has been an increase in the number of street lights erected throughout the U.K. For every one of  the  older  style sodium street light that  are   removed, three new style halogen  street lights are erected in its place.

There are a number of issues that this raises….

1. The luminosity of the new style halogen  lighting is far greater than the  sodium  style lighting. This creates nuisance on many levels . Normal residential streets have these halogen  lights on all night  the increased luminosity created by the extra number of lamp posts erected and the lumens they expend is at  a  totally unacceptable level to allow the occupants of the houses to sleep comfortably.

2. There have  not been any studies  carried out of the effects that  the  increase in luminosity has on humans,  animals,birds and insects.

3.  There has been no evidence that  the increase in street lighting has reduced the number of crimes i.e. muggings, burglary  to warrant the propensity of  street lighting and security lighting installed across the U.K . The installation of security lighting on residential dwellings are covered by planning regulations yet many domestic and commercial properties have inappropriate and excessive lighting installed that  cause nuisance and grievance to the surrounding neighbourhood.

4. The reasons given by many Local Authorities for the increase in Highways and Byeways and street lighting   is  that they are  carrying out  Government  Laws and European Directives and that the extra lighting helps to reduce crime and road accidents Both of these are lame excuses for  the excessive wastage of public money in  the production of electricity in the first place to be left burning all night at full luminosity.

5. The main reason that was put forward for changing over and   using  lower energy halogen  lighting was to reduce costs. This was to be achieved by the ability to alter the luminosity of the street  lighting to suit the environmental application . This cannot be happening if the number of street lights in cities, towns, villages , hamlets , highways and byeways has increased threefold exponentially and  all street lighting is set at full luminosity across the U.K.

6. There should be a reduction in the number of street lights erected on highways and byeways by reverting back to the previous permitted distances between lampposts. Lighting in residential areas should be set at a more acceptable lumen level that does not create discomfort and nuisance to the occupants of the dwellings. The act of reducing  commercial and domestic electric usage  and street lighting   that pollute our night sky  globally would have a significant effect on the reduction of carbon dioxide production created by the excessive production of electricity .

 

Why is this idea important?

Within the last ten years there has been an increase in the number of street lights erected throughout the U.K. For every one of  the  older  style sodium street light that  are   removed, three new style halogen  street lights are erected in its place.

There are a number of issues that this raises….

1. The luminosity of the new style halogen  lighting is far greater than the  sodium  style lighting. This creates nuisance on many levels . Normal residential streets have these halogen  lights on all night  the increased luminosity created by the extra number of lamp posts erected and the lumens they expend is at  a  totally unacceptable level to allow the occupants of the houses to sleep comfortably.

2. There have  not been any studies  carried out of the effects that  the  increase in luminosity has on humans,  animals,birds and insects.

3.  There has been no evidence that  the increase in street lighting has reduced the number of crimes i.e. muggings, burglary  to warrant the propensity of  street lighting and security lighting installed across the U.K . The installation of security lighting on residential dwellings are covered by planning regulations yet many domestic and commercial properties have inappropriate and excessive lighting installed that  cause nuisance and grievance to the surrounding neighbourhood.

4. The reasons given by many Local Authorities for the increase in Highways and Byeways and street lighting   is  that they are  carrying out  Government  Laws and European Directives and that the extra lighting helps to reduce crime and road accidents Both of these are lame excuses for  the excessive wastage of public money in  the production of electricity in the first place to be left burning all night at full luminosity.

5. The main reason that was put forward for changing over and   using  lower energy halogen  lighting was to reduce costs. This was to be achieved by the ability to alter the luminosity of the street  lighting to suit the environmental application . This cannot be happening if the number of street lights in cities, towns, villages , hamlets , highways and byeways has increased threefold exponentially and  all street lighting is set at full luminosity across the U.K.

6. There should be a reduction in the number of street lights erected on highways and byeways by reverting back to the previous permitted distances between lampposts. Lighting in residential areas should be set at a more acceptable lumen level that does not create discomfort and nuisance to the occupants of the dwellings. The act of reducing  commercial and domestic electric usage  and street lighting   that pollute our night sky  globally would have a significant effect on the reduction of carbon dioxide production created by the excessive production of electricity .

 

Bring Electricity Re Suppliers/Re Sellers Into Electricity Supply Act

Under the Electricity Supply Act 1989, Re-Sellers/Re-suppliers of Electricity do not come under the control of some sections of The Act. This means that a Re-Seller/Re-supplier can, at any time and without giving a reason disconnect any of it's consumers because they are outside of the restraints of The Act, it also means that a Re-Seller/Re-Supplier does NOT have to keep a register of VULNERABLE PERSONS which allows them to disconnect supplies during the WINTER MONTHS.

Under the Electricity Supply Act 1989 a Registered Supplier of Electricity MUST apply to a Magistrate for permission to disconnect a consumer and MUST keep a register of VULNERABLE PERSONS who must be kept supplied with electricity throuout the winter months.

I think it is a matter of urgency that ALL suppliers of electricity be brought within The Electricity Supply Act 1989.

Why is this idea important?

Under the Electricity Supply Act 1989, Re-Sellers/Re-suppliers of Electricity do not come under the control of some sections of The Act. This means that a Re-Seller/Re-supplier can, at any time and without giving a reason disconnect any of it's consumers because they are outside of the restraints of The Act, it also means that a Re-Seller/Re-Supplier does NOT have to keep a register of VULNERABLE PERSONS which allows them to disconnect supplies during the WINTER MONTHS.

Under the Electricity Supply Act 1989 a Registered Supplier of Electricity MUST apply to a Magistrate for permission to disconnect a consumer and MUST keep a register of VULNERABLE PERSONS who must be kept supplied with electricity throuout the winter months.

I think it is a matter of urgency that ALL suppliers of electricity be brought within The Electricity Supply Act 1989.

Certification of electrical works in homes

I am a retired electrical engineer.  Any work I do at home (such as installing a new socket or re-wiring a lighting circuit) has to be certified by someone less qualified than I am simply because I don't have the hundreds of pounds necessary to keep my Certification up to date.

The death and fire rates from accidents have not reduced since this regulation was introduced. The only reason for the regulation was so that the Electrical Industry could make more money out of training and certification.  It never was a major safety issue.

Why is this idea important?

I am a retired electrical engineer.  Any work I do at home (such as installing a new socket or re-wiring a lighting circuit) has to be certified by someone less qualified than I am simply because I don't have the hundreds of pounds necessary to keep my Certification up to date.

The death and fire rates from accidents have not reduced since this regulation was introduced. The only reason for the regulation was so that the Electrical Industry could make more money out of training and certification.  It never was a major safety issue.

“Magic Eye” PIR switches to turn off escalators when no-one is using them!

Passive Infra Red detectors fitted to the tops and bottoms of escalators can switch them ON when someone needs to use them, and let them switch OFF when no-one is around.

Why is this idea important?

Passive Infra Red detectors fitted to the tops and bottoms of escalators can switch them ON when someone needs to use them, and let them switch OFF when no-one is around.

Repeal the Railways (Electrical Power) Act 1903

Repeal the "Railways (Electrical Power) Act 1903 and replace with a presumption that the installations of Overhead or Third rail (or future method) be allowed.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the "Railways (Electrical Power) Act 1903 and replace with a presumption that the installations of Overhead or Third rail (or future method) be allowed.