posted on May, 11 2009 @ 01:49 PM
but my meter already tells me all that what's new? the little dial rotates to tell me my amper-hours and i can then work out how many amps i use at
240V.... oh wai- they want to know more detailed information, such as when and how i use my power, because that will give them the ability to.......
oh wai- they know the shape of the flow over time, peek usage, etc - in fact we just had the 20:20 box taken out, the one that charged more in the day
than at night, so what IS this for? something sinister no doubt....
or maybe it's just a silly gimic plan from a joke government? that seems more likely to me...
Power usage in the home is actually fairly streamlined at the moment, people pay per unit and thus most people try to limit their usage as has always
been the case, however this is certainly not true of other areas of power usage. My local tesco's not only wasted the power needed to produce
massive signs throughout telling me to lower energy use with new bulbs, they also waste MASSIVE amounts of power leaving a few kw worth of lights on
every night! My local council building also is fully lit at night, heated or airconditioned day and night and has the computers either on or on
standby the entire night.... massive wastes of power.
Still though these wastes of power are TINY when compared to the stupidly high electronic cost of wrapping everything we buy in a thick layer of
molded plastic - yes, the cost of packaging which most people hate and find hard to open dwarfs the cost of the average home. That's before you even
consider the other highly wasteful things which will happen to that rubbish such as sorting, recycling, etc -- without working out the numbers i feel
it safe to say there is more potential electrical energy used in filling up your bin each week than is used in the average (computer, tv, white goods,
etc) house. ---- And what has the might gov done to stop this massive waste? er.... they tried to tax people based on how much rubbish you throw
away...and.....and......oh no, thats it.
Then there is the HUGE waste of power at music concerts, public events, meetings, etc, etc --- i work in this field so it's close to my heart, so far
NOTHING has been done to curb even the governments massive wastes of power, the transportation of the lights and speakers alone is hugely wasteful let
alone the hours upon hours of power used before, during and after any such events.... has anyone suggested that because such an event uses as much
power as the homes town it's in that maybe a more sensible approach could be looked at, maybe a limit to the amount of amps a show can use, etc? no
of course they haven't because EMI,SONY, etc have MASSIVE amounts of cash to lobby with, the gov haven't even tried to cut down their own usage.
i could go on listing examples for hours upon hours but it would get boring, the point is that homes mostly use power as little as possible - if
people were given more economic gadgets they would used them, we can't expect a switch overnight -that wouldn't be at all possible (firstly the cost
of making the items would destroy the gains made) however over time people are very willing to move to less electrically intensive items, if the
government made some effort to help the development of these items then people would move over quicker for the simple reason they would be more
available and cheaper. Trying to force people by monitoring them isn't going to work, not least for the reason each component you add to a system
increases usage -the monitoring and analysis system in itself is going to require power -say it take 3% of the total load to monitor people, then a
further 1% to enact whatever draconian measures they decided to use to punish the transgressor (mostly paperwork no doubt) --this means the system
will need to save 5% before it's even 1% effective, however spend the money in the right place -i.e. supporting the development and sale of
'greener' tech and you'd have saved much more energy, the population would feel less repressed and people could enjoy their life that little bit