What is ‘essential’ energy use?

Back in June, Chris Groves went to talk to the Year 5 classes at Roath Park Primary School about Energy Biographies research. The children offered us in return some of their thoughts on what, for them, are ways of using energy that they couldn’t do without.

I would find it so hard to live without central heating because if I wouldn’t have it I will be freezing and also I will catch a cold or get ill (Liaba)

It would be very hard to live without a fridge and a freezer because everything will thaw and it will all get warm and we will have to eat everything at once (Ibrahim)

I couldn’t live without my PS4 because a play a lot of games like Minecraft (Max)

Washing machines and phones - essential!

Washing machines and phones – essential!

I could not live without a boiler, because I might freeze to death and a cold bath/shower is not my cuppa tea! (Fran)

I could not live without a cooker because I wouldn’t be able to warm and cook my lovely food (Aaron)

I find it hard to live without a phone because phones are very important when you are in danger (Sanjidul)

The thing I can’t possibly live without is my laptop because it’s amazing (Tamanna)

The majority of children definitely view cookers and fridges as the most important energy-using appliances – but interestingly freezers are seen by many as equally important. The value of frozen food as a major contemporary convenience – though largely unknown just forty years ago in the UK – is examined by sociologists at Lancaster University here.

Chris Groves, Cardiff

It would be very hard to live without a fridge and a freezer because everything will thaw and it will all get warm and we will have to eat everything at once