Having never mentioned them at all in 10 months of blogging, I find myself mentioning B&Q 2 days in a row! The diy experts (clever enough to have bought the url diy.com) have followed up their partnership with the Mayor of London to distribute free low energy lightbulbs by announcing that they will be ordering no more patio heaters, and will stop selling them once their current stock has been sold.
I first wrote about patio heaters in June last year, and about how they have become the rage as smokers are forced outside pubs during all weathers, and need to keep warm. The problem with them is simple - they burn gas, at a huge rate, generating huge amounts of CO2 emissions - the best statistic given is that a patio heater consumes enough energy in an hour to make 400 cups of tea! This is one very unethical fashion item.
Unfortunately, however, there are still 20,000 patio heaters in B&Q stores to be sold - that’s 8 millions cups of tea per hour worth of emissions that will soon be pumped into the atmosphere by pubs and people determined to have drinks outside in midwinter! So, whilst I fully applaud B&Q’s initiative, I have a small suggestion: add 10@ to the price, and use this markup to invest in renewable energy, offsets, solar heating for B&Q stores, or any other solution that will balance out the additional emissions to be generated over the next 5 years.