Was busy at work and home, won't be around much for a while.No energy source is free.Partly true; depends on the industry doesn't it. Welcome back, Shane you haven't been on much lately.
Automation is not a cause for unemployment.And: Bring back the chimney sweeps!Creates jobs doesn't it.
My retired friends in the Ballarat area were thinking of putting a wood-burner in to combat their astronomical electricity bill in the winter but they realised that they're kinda past chopping wood, shovelling ashes and getting the chimney done. Although timber is relatively cheap where they are being a small country town - $100 for a massive trailer of good quality box/redgum whatever.
Technology just replaces one job with another, the issue is where is that new job? I remember at school in 70's being taught in future we will all work part-time job sharing, hahahaha!! I think most of us wish this!
As for going back to the days of old jobs, like chimney sweep. Most of those jobs are still around to some degree. But to have them large scale are we willing to go back to those wages?
As for heating, my future intention is to go wood in my rural home (on wish list).
- Buying commercially in bulk is not that expensive when you do the sums.
- Doing yourself, helps keep you fit! My ex GF Father used to go chop wood for stress relief, but I think more to get away from his Mrs for a while which I think would likely explain the Armageddon sized wood pile they always had!