What is the responsibility of todays politicians? Is it to ruin the electricity grid so bad that the contemporary comforts of life MUST be abandoned?
‘Once upon a time Australians enjoyed reliable and affordable power, but that was before heavily subsidised and chaotically intermittent wind and solar entered the scene.
Over the last few summers, Australians have been treated to power rationing and load shedding, as well as the odd mass blackout. These events have an uncanny correlation with dead calm days/nights and sunset that coincides with bursts of warm weather and rising mercury.
Summer heatwaves are part and parcel of Australian life.
Over the last four or five decades, though, an increasing number of Australians have enjoyed the benefit of reverse cycle air-conditioning, warming homes in winter and taking the ferocity out of their often-blistering summers.
Now Australians are being told to turn off their air conditioners and/or to leave home and go back to work in order to keep the grid from a total ‘system black’.’ There is more at STT on this so be sure to go there and read it and like as well. https://stopthesethings.com/2020/10/07/sweating-it-renewable-energy-crisis-means-australians-cant-run-air-conditioners-during-heatwaves/
Now, on a New South Wales government web site we, the lowly citizen, are told how we can save energy and money.
Use less hot water.
Have shorter showers. (Even if really dirty?)
Check energy rating labels when buying new appliances.
Upgrade your home insulation, windows and blinds to heat-proof your house.
Switch off appliances at the wall to use one to five percent less energy.
Switch off lights when you leave a room. (I remember this from when a child in the 40’s and 50’s.)
Use fans instead of air conditioning. (I am old enough to remember when window air conditioning was the new thing. We have PROGRESSERD now to where the POLITICIANS want us to shut them off!)
If you use an air conditioner, each degree warmer on the thermostat can save you 10%. (One wonders if the politicians offices are kept this way!)
Closing gaps and cracks around the house can save you $50 a year.
‘Zone’ your home by cooling one part of your house and cut down on cooling in other areas.
Close curtains and blinds during the day.
Cross-ventilation and open windows in the evening allow for natural breezes. (Oh, the NATURAL breeze flowing through the house along with the flying bugs etc.)
By day, let natural light in.
Close curtains and doors at night.
‘Zone’ your home by warming the rooms you use the most.
Use door snakes to stop draughts.
Rug up and use blankets. (Oh, the blankets! PILE them on to keep warm. One wonders how many blankets the politician’s family has to keep warm?)’https://energysaver.nsw.gov.au/households/fine-tune-your-home/free-ways-save-energy-and-money
These Australian politicians have ruined the energy grid and have no plan to rebuild it. We had better get online and learn how to live the Amish way!