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3 travel experiences that came from being car free.
This month I celebrate my 4th anniversary. Not of marriage, but of freedom. Freedom from car ownership that is.
Looking back, it was like any relationship. It had ups and it had downs. The big down was that despite driving a small, eco model car I was still a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on a scale that I couldn’t balance with my commitment to live more sustainably.
We live in the age of busyness. We have never been busier nor so desperate to stay busy and to communicate our busyness.
There are multiple ways to stay busy. The availability and increasingly low cost of mobile technology brings huge benefits. We have access to our work and social network at our fingertips in almost any location. We have instant access to vast amounts of information. We can maintain relationships that would have floundered had they been dependent on land lines and letter writing.
But be under no allusion. It comes at price.
Visiting Cruachan power station
The railway is one of the biggest users of energy in the UK. Recently I had the chance to visit Cruachan Power station to see where some of that energy is generated at peak times.
DRAX took over ownership and operations in January 2019 of the hydro electric power station used to provide additional power to the grid during surges. Surges happen during peak power usage times such as when the majority of people commute and get home, start popping on their domestic appliances to make tea ( tea= a hot beverage made with tea leaves or a full meal depending which part of the UK you are from), wash & dry clothes and be entertained by a variety of electrical items.