Thursday, 17 January 2008

Free energy, the bureaucratic way

For a while last year I was psyched about Steorn's claims of an energy generating magnetic device. Not to say I ever believed them, but there's nothing cooler than trying to break the laws of physics. And they even had investors.

But anyway, I discovered today upon opening my gas bill that the conservation of energy law has indeed been broken, and in my very own flat. I have used exactly -199.69 cubic meters of gas in the last 3 months (that's more -- or less -- than negative 2 cubic meters per day!). If only the entire complex could be as energy efficient as me, we'd be feeding power back into the grid night and day.

Even more brilliantly, because my total bill is negative 38.85 pounds, I was "charged" VAT of negative 1.95.

OK, so the previous reading was an estimate. It's still nice to get a negative bill.

The moral of the story is, even though it's pulling teeth to get basic services set up in the UK (I've been trying for a couple of weeks to set up a savings account, and despite the slew of documents I've sent theme, they refuse to accept the fact that I am who I say I am, and live where I and my bank statement says I live) -- despite the trouble, once you are set up, it's just as likely they can't figure out how to accurately charge you for the services you've received.