Folks, tonight is the of something called “earth hour” when people across the world will be asked to turn off their lights both to conserve electricity and reduce light pollution for those who want a clear view of the sky. They’ll also be asked to do whatever they can to reduce electrical usage or ideally use no electricity at all. Some people are actually going to be shutting down their electricity at the breaker to make a statement.
The idea is to cut greenhouse gasses and I am certain that when this is all said and done a very large number will be put out there for all the thousands of tons of CO2 which were not released. Of course, this number will simply take the total energy conserved and convert it to CO2 produced for that number of kilowatt hours, and therefore it has absolutely no baring on reality. Whether or not there will actually be a big reduction or a reduction at all is more questionable, considering the need for spinning reserve and the short time that this is going on – far too short to shut down any boilers or even combined cycle power plants.
What shocked me is that last year it was stated that Sydney Australia’s electrical demand dropped by 2-10% as millions participated. And to be honest, that got me just a little bit worried.
So what am I doing now? Well I’m using as much electricity as I reasonably can. More importantly I’m running two air conditioners (and I’m not even hot), a couple fans and a vacuum cleaner. Why? Those all have induction motors in them. Given this only one phase service it’s less than ideal, but the point is that tonight I’d rather not cause a problem and infact I’d rather pick up for the morons whose symbolic act could actually cause some real problems.
It’s a quarter after 8 on the East Coast of the US right now. Getting past the 8 o’clock mark was the easy part, but at 9 o’clock we’ll see what happens.
No I don’t really expect my air conditioners to make much difference but it’s my little protest against overly-simplistic actions for the environment. We should all do our part to conserve energy and electricity, but NOT all at the exact same freakin moment!
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