We sat outside by the pool until midnight last night with the boyz happily asleep by us. There was a thunderstorm far off across the valley in Tuscany. Every so often the night sky would be startled by bright flashes of lightning causing the owls that were nesting in the outbuildings to take wing. I would never have thought it possible that a dozen owls could be in the air at the same time. The sound of their whooping everytime they flew out was beautiful beyond measure.
Later today we'll be going off to Perugia to look at solar panels and wind turbines. We have managed to cut our energy usage by 17% over the last year but I'd really like to get it down by the same amount again.The problem with existing technology is that it isn't really that advanced - solar power is fine in the summer but near to useless in the cloudy winter. Windpower is fine in the winter but completely idle in the long still summer months. The bottom line is that the cost of the two systems is exorbitant . The capital cost is equivalent to something like 130 years of our current electricity usage.