Last week and this week saw me do two different things which reflect the two parts of my interests, my computer geek side and my woodworking side. Last week I went to the D&M tool show at Kempton Park racecourse. At which I got to drool over some cool big boys toys. and I bought a record cx2600 dust and chip extractor ( which I'm still waiting to actually get delivered.)
This weekend I went to HomeCamp08 at which I learned some cool things about monitoring home electricity usage through a CurrentCost meter. As well as all kinds of other cool home monitoring and automation stuff. Dale Lane wrote more, as did others.
The conflict was apparent as one weekend I was coveting tools for which higher watts == better, more power is a good thing.
Then this week I was focused of trying to be more efficient, how to make my home more friendly in the amount and times of electricity usage. Where less watts== better (and cheaper)
I've started to monitor my electricity usage on-line, and I'm sure I'll get exposed to the real cost of my woodturning hobby. particularly during the winter when I also run a 2Kw electric heater. But hopefully I'll find a way to be more efficient and make a small difference even if it's just being better at switching my lights off.
(Written by Dan, although posted by Kat)