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Dottie May

Houses & Solar Panels

Have just returned from a visit to Hampshire and along the way have seen many houses with solar panels on roofs. Not sure how you feel about them but I think they really spoil the look of a house, especially on older houses. I would hate to live opposite a house that had them. Luckily I only see green fields/hills when I look out of our windows.

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Gerry

solar panels

None in my village but seen some outside, look hideous. Heard can be problems with roof-weakening during current heavy rains. Our roof is thatched, as are many here.

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Kilmory

Solar panels

I agree that solar panels don't look pretty but if we all had them it would do away with the need for wind farms and huge pylons polluting the countryside.

Here in Powys/Shropshire we are campaigning to prevent a wind farm being built in beautiful mid-Wales with the attendant pylons and the decision keeps being postponed.

Kilmory

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JAMES

Solar Panels.

I think they look fine, I also like wind turbines.

I love everything to be uber modern, sorry, Gerry, but I really dislike thatched roofs, it just looks so old to me, but thankfully, we are all different!!!

x

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Kilmory

Solar panels

I like wind turbines too, they look so graceful, its the pylons that are ugly.

We have a 35 mile view from our lounge window into mid-Wales and across the Shropshire Plain which could be ruined by the huge pylons proposed. Th cables could go underground but would cost so much more than pylons.

Kilmory

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Gerry

thatched

" but I really dislike thatched roofs, it just looks so old to me,x"
All properties were once built of local materials, cob in our case and thatch for roofing.
My dislike is a thatched roof on top of a new building made of breeze blocks and all right-angles. Old cob walls are thick, uneven and a bit rounded.

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Welshcookie

Wind turbines

Oh Dear! Are you saying you like wind turbines just to look at? Because as a means of making electricity they are just plain useless. None of them would have been erected but for the grants they attract. No wind farm has produced more than 20% of their installed capacity.

I just long to be in your kitchens when you turn on the kettle and nothing happens.

Even photo-voltaics are a bit iffy because we have so little sunlight in the UK compared with other more southern countries. Yes, I know they work in any daylight but not very efficiently.

We have to be grown up about this and realise plans for power security should have been dealt with more than 10 years ago and we must just get on with it now and stop tinkering around the edges with so-called 'Green' alternatives.

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Saffy

Houses & Solar Panels

They are just plain ugly. I do understand the need to find renewable sources of energy though.

James - you are your usual outrageous self! I love Devon/Dorset/Somerset for their pretty villages with thatched cottages.

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SonyaK

Solar Panels

We have solar panels on our shed roof and many houses around our area have them too. Never thought of them as ugly - just a good way to make electricity and save money (in the long term).
Of course we have a lot more sunshine here, even in the south of Oz - not sure how efficient they'd be in UK! And we don't have thatched roofs here!! Our house is very modern.
Like James I like the look of wind turbines too, and the ones over here are not useless! I think Green alternatives are a great idea!!

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JAMES

Solar Panels.

Welshcookie, wind turbines are far from useless. We need thousands more of them in this country.

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JAMES

Solar Panels.

"
James - you are your usual outrageous self! I love Devon/Dorset/Somerset for their pretty villages with thatched cottages. "

You've just described pretty much my worst night, Saff.

LOL! :)

xx

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Welshcookie

Wind turbines

The reason we need thousands and thousands and thousands more is because each one produces so little electricity. They would not exist at all if the subsidies (paid by us all on our bills)were not so generous. When those subsidies are reduced just you watch how few wind turbines are installed.

The scales will fall from Government eyes some time soon - I hope.

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Darkginger

Wind turbines etc.

There's a couple of wind farms near here - and I love the look of them, even in the middle of our mountains and greenery. On the whole though, I'd prefer it if they developed efficient wave turbines - gawd knows we have enough waves!

Haven't seen many solar panels here - though there's been quite an upsurge in people using geothermal heating for their homes. Not many thatched rooves around here either - in the boom years of the Celtic Tiger 'everyone' built a nice new Southfork-style bungalow next to their charming (but difficult to live in) traditional Irish cottage - it's known as 'Bungalow Blight' and in some places has really changed the look of the countryside - for the worse.

I'm all for green ways of doing stuff - using reed beds instead of septic tanks, for example - but until we address what I see as the main problem - overpopulation - we're just putting a plaster on an open wound, in my (possibly controversial) opinion. Don't ask me how I'd solve the problem either - I don't have answers, I just sit here and pontificate!

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Gerry

s. panels

"but until we address what I see as the main problem - overpopulation - we're just putting a plaster on an open wound,"
Spot on, Darkginger!

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Saffy

Houses and Solar Panels

James - cottaging and cottages are not the same thing ;o)

 
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