I had a power outage that was weather related.......if you are wasting power STOP IT !!!!!!  

TechSteve 50M
1222 posts
8/2/2006 6:48 pm

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I had a power outage that was weather related.......if you are wasting power STOP IT !!!!!!

I had a power outage tonite that was weather related. It was out for about 2 hrs. It was over a wide area.

I own a 3 bdrm house. I have no AC. I only do laundry as needed. I dont put up my thermostat up high in the winter. Even though it is gas heat, it still requires power for the fans to blow the heat around etc. I just have one fridge.

Once in a while, I will get propaganda from the hydro people telling me to cut back and do my part.

FUCK YOU !!!

There are people around who have their AC on all the time even when it is not hot.

They also do more laundry than a chinese laundry in a chinatown.

Even though it is not related to electrical consumption, many of those types drive around big cars and they dont give a shit about anyone else.

I am not cutting back anymore till you get on their asses.

Some people have it too good. When I was in the military, I was sweating in the dark being eaten alive by mosquitos and black flies. At night, I had hard dirt as a pillow. It was a luxury to get a chocolate bar.

Steve


PrincessKarma 44F
6188 posts
8/3/2006 9:21 am

My boss whines when I turn lights off in the office, even when I open the blinds to let the light in. He thinks that because we're not paying for it we can use it all up.

He also drives an older-model SUV. Gas is $3.25 for mid-grade (91 octane) here. Put it on his expense account. I don't have one, drive an efficient car and still pour in additives to make it burn cleaner.



The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


TechSteve 50M

8/3/2006 1:03 pm

    Quoting PrincessKarma:
    My boss whines when I turn lights off in the office, even when I open the blinds to let the light in. He thinks that because we're not paying for it we can use it all up.

    He also drives an older-model SUV. Gas is $3.25 for mid-grade (91 octane) here. Put it on his expense account. I don't have one, drive an efficient car and still pour in additives to make it burn cleaner.


I prefer natural light over artificial light.

In the last few weeks, there have been rumours there might be brownouts caused by the excessive use of electricity here.

It hasnt happened and chances are it wont because the temps have dipped.

Steve


DIVISION77 40M
8337 posts
8/3/2006 7:16 pm

I can sympathize totally with the military thing.

Spent many a night sleeping on a cot with no heat or comfort.

Been there, done that.

I kind of miss it in a way, as I've gotten quite civilized.

There's something to be said for the ability to survive on minimal need.

DIV

"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur


CravesChocolate 57M
88 posts
8/3/2006 7:42 pm

Don't you just hate the arrogance of it all? The truth is that there has been no real investment in our electrical infrastructure for years/ decades. All of the big business want us to buy all of these electronics and therefore consume more electricity but then these situations come up and we aren't suppose to use them. I live in a desert where the sun is abundant and we have a fair amount of wind. But are our house equipped with solar panels and windmill generators. Hell no! There should be all kinds of financial incentives for us to convert. This is why I don't stress when the gas prices go up because only then do people start doing something about alternative energy.


MissAnnThrope 57F
11488 posts
8/4/2006 4:11 am

I've been doing my best to conserve, especially since the electric bill is so high all the time. There's no way in the weather we've been having I can not run the a/c. But I'm sticking to one room and other than that, the ceiling light when it's dark, the computer, modem, router and refrigerator. I admit, in the rest of the apartment, I am running the ceiling fans, just so I don't pass out when I go out there. Laundry is done at the laundromat down the street.

I still dread the power bill.


TechSteve 50M

8/4/2006 6:24 am

    Quoting DIVISION77:
    I can sympathize totally with the military thing.

    Spent many a night sleeping on a cot with no heat or comfort.

    Been there, done that.

    I kind of miss it in a way, as I've gotten quite civilized.

    There's something to be said for the ability to survive on minimal need.

    DIV
I dont think I can do it now.

I feel I am too spoiled.

But some people out there are more spoiled than me.

Steve


TechSteve 50M

8/4/2006 6:33 am

    Quoting CravesChocolate:
    Don't you just hate the arrogance of it all? The truth is that there has been no real investment in our electrical infrastructure for years/ decades. All of the big business want us to buy all of these electronics and therefore consume more electricity but then these situations come up and we aren't suppose to use them. I live in a desert where the sun is abundant and we have a fair amount of wind. But are our house equipped with solar panels and windmill generators. Hell no! There should be all kinds of financial incentives for us to convert. This is why I don't stress when the gas prices go up because only then do people start doing something about alternative energy.
If it was up to me, I would put solar panels on this house.

It is very expensive and I live in a townhouse and that option is NOT available to me. Because of the expense, it takes a while to make your money back.

If the province I live in would think about it, it costs a lot of money to construct a new power plant, whether it is nuclear or gas fired. I am NOT anti nuclear, but the more of these kind of places we have, the odds of an accident happening.

Speaking of windfarms, in the Niagara escarpment, the area I live in, they want to construct a huge windfarm. They are getting opposition from people because it will be an eyesore.

Thank you for your comments.

Steve


TechSteve 50M

8/4/2006 6:48 am

    Quoting MissAnnThrope:
    I've been doing my best to conserve, especially since the electric bill is so high all the time. There's no way in the weather we've been having I can not run the a/c. But I'm sticking to one room and other than that, the ceiling light when it's dark, the computer, modem, router and refrigerator. I admit, in the rest of the apartment, I am running the ceiling fans, just so I don't pass out when I go out there. Laundry is done at the laundromat down the street.

    I still dread the power bill.
They just increased the price of power in the last few months.

Eventually, I think they might charge more for power used during peak times. That is why they are installing these SMART METERS in all homes by the end of 2007.

Weekends & Holidays (All Day)

3.5 ¢/kWh

Summer Weekdays (May 1 to October 31)
7 am to 11 am

7.5 ¢/kWh

11 am to 5 pm

10.5 ¢/kWh

5 pm to 10 pm

7.5 ¢/kWh

10 pm to 7 am

3.5 ¢/kWh

The afternoons are going to be very expensive.

Steve


themisskrissy 57F
2302 posts
8/4/2006 8:33 pm

another reason i love BC... our hydro is reasonable.... $75-110 per month for electricity... my computer is turned on 16 hrs a day... moms 28" tv almost 24 hrs a day.. two deep freezers... all the major appliances.. lights all the time.. the consumption goes up in the winter with the 5 gazillion christmas lights that burn for 33 nights..

we do use a wood stove and that saves about $1000 a year on electric heating and burns calories of the person that has to pack it from the woodshed to the carport.. about a weeks worth at a time.. (as well as splitting and stacking in the shed.. i might be allowed to do it this year) the wood stove is much kinder on my and mom's respiratory systems..

Virtue Alone Ennobles


TechSteve 50M

8/5/2006 5:50 am

    Quoting themisskrissy:
    another reason i love BC... our hydro is reasonable.... $75-110 per month for electricity... my computer is turned on 16 hrs a day... moms 28" tv almost 24 hrs a day.. two deep freezers... all the major appliances.. lights all the time.. the consumption goes up in the winter with the 5 gazillion christmas lights that burn for 33 nights..

    we do use a wood stove and that saves about $1000 a year on electric heating and burns calories of the person that has to pack it from the woodshed to the carport.. about a weeks worth at a time.. (as well as splitting and stacking in the shed.. i might be allowed to do it this year) the wood stove is much kinder on my and mom's respiratory systems..
A couple of years ago I was paying around 35 dollars a month for electricity.

My latest bill was 70 dollars, but I expect that to go down because I had room mates and they have been gone for a month.

It will never go down to 35 again because rates have gone up.

Steve


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