It was music to my ears this morning to hear a Conservative spokesman saying that we should reward people who save energy or generate their own power, rather than hitting those who dare to burn some fuel to go about their daily business.
Labour and Liberal believe in more tax and more regulation. Conservatives should believe in more incentive, and the liberating power of technology.
At the same time as Greg Barker was planning his encouragement for generating more at home, I was talking to Phil Woolas, the Water Minister, about how we could collect and use more of our own water at home.
I have installed the water butt to collect water off my roof, only to make the obvious discovery that my roof produces far more water than the butt can take. It also means I have plenty of water for the garden when the garden is sodden!
Why not encourage more and cheaper systems to collect roof water and to use it for flushing loos and washing cars. We really do not need to be using high grade drinking water for such purposes.