Jul 15 2008

CityView: Power To The People Ain’t Guaranteed

Published by at 4:37 pm under Uncategorized

The lights went out in Vancouver the other day, as Vancouver blogging maven Miss604 has dutifully reported. It wasn’t too bad, since it happened in the daytime. Some of my buddies ended up going home at nooon that day. My new daytime gig at a downtown Vancouver office where giant servers must be backed up by super-powered generators at all times means I’ll be working through the apocalypse.

Power outages will likely be a regular feature of life in the coming years, as “environmentalists” protest the construction of new clean-energy hydro dams and wind-powered turbines due to the effect on their pristine country views — and these protesters do this knowing full well that not building this infrastructure now, we’ll be importing vast quantities of “dirty” energy from the USA and Alberta for decades to come. Ah, well.

Of course, there are ways we can at least delay the onset of the blackout season with some energy saving tips for the home, courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation:

1. Place refrigerators out of direct sunlight and away from the stove and other heat-producing appliances.
2. Always run your dishwasher with a full load. Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is spent heating water, and since you can’t decrease the amount of water used per cycle, filling your machine is more effective than running half-loads.
3. Wash clothes in cold water – yes, they will still get clean!

For more tips that will help us avoid the democracy-killing effect of power black-out Mondays, check out the David Suzuki Nature Challenge Newsletter.

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  1. Andreaon 16 Jul 2008 at 5:04 am

    We keep losing power and finally decided to get our own back-up generator. The hardware store was out of what we were looking for, but we searched and found one at mainpowerconnect.com; we should now have the power needed when the next unexpected outage comes. The generator will keep the lights on, food cold and our air conditioning working. Hopefully the generator will also keep our sump pump working to protect the basement from flooding.

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