I used to live in Germany. If you you don't know Germany (or any other EU country north of the Alps)...it can be summed up: The weather is
We have almost 8 months of winter, then a few months of more or less rainy weather and some sun.
The amazing thing is that many, many houses in Germany have solar energy with those panels on the roof. After i lived for about a decade in the states
i was amazed to see that back in Germany they got obsessed with solar energy in the meantime. Again: The weather/summer in Germany is a total joke.
But that's not the point.
We now moved to Spain, and the weather/sun here is not even REMOTELY comparable...in one word, the sun here is brutal. I can compare to Florida..and
my wife (she's from TN and also spent a long time in FL) she also confirms that the heat/sun here is..well simply "brutal", even compared to FL.
Needless to say, i haven't seen one single house/apartment using Solar Energy.
Take any random 30 days (anywhere from April to October) and it's almost guaranteed 27 of them with no single cloud and Sun, Sun, Sun.
The point of this post is that the amount of "wasted" energy by not using the sun's energy must be utterly ridiculous. We still pay out of the ****
for utilities all throughout Europe (on avg 3x more than in the States).and there is TONS of free Energy right there almost every day...and its not
used! Isn't this absurd?
Instead of using that energy from the sun..we run the AC otherwise we simply cant stand it in the house and pay approx €150 EACH MONTH for
utilities. (+ various computers, plasma tv etc.)....i think something is wrong here
(I posted this in "Fragile Earth" since its more a rant about not using and wasting energy effectively...instead of in the tech forum)
I wonder how much Energy could be saved if there would be a law that any new apartment in southern countries like Italy/Spain etc. by law has to take
advantage of solar energy. But then those countries are basically BROKE...i think they have other priorities. Just saying. Still absurd.
on 15-8-2011 by flexy123 because: (no reason given)