Monday, January 29, 2018

Too damn hot

It reached 39 degrees yesterday, 102F. Well, it is summer and we knew it was coming, as we did a high overnight temperature, but look how hot it was at 3:43am.


Some 40,000 homes lost power yesterday in Victoria, it seems from blown fuses in substations or at transformers. That is not good. But how about this snip from The Age.

AusNet spokesman Hugo Armstrong said that as of 9.30pm, about 7500 homes were without power. By Monday morning, the figure had been reduced to 1500.
AusNet look after the city's northern and eastern suburbs as well as eastern Victoria.
"There are a lot fuses blowing in the hot weather and a significant power pull with people having put in air-conditioners they didn't tell us about," Mr Armstrong said.
What? Since when do you have to tell your power company that you have bought an air conditioner? I think it is getting pretty close to being able to say almost everyone has an air conditioner and if they haven't, they will soon. But there are a lot of people who via roof top solar panels, generate more electricity than their air con and other appliances use, and so feed electricity back into the grid on these hot sunny days.

40 comments:

  1. I was speaking with my son in Broadbeach yesterday, and he said he woke in the morning to 28 C. As 25 C is my favourite mid-day temperature, this wouldn't suit me at all. I commiserate.

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    1. That is quite warm enough Cro. I prefer under 25.

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  2. I'm not happy with our power company, a monopoly, no choice, so they have it their way, everything. Now we're getting smart meters, so they can fire their meter readers and send low frequency impulses with power read outs to their insecure meter reading network. I read up on how easily hacked smart meters are. Gripe gripe old lady grumpy maybe. Well anyhow, Andrew, no your power company doesn't need your personal info on what buy, whether its an air con or what. When it's 102 degrees F you need one and they should fricking know that.

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    1. Strayer, already been done here. They promised us cheaper off peak power. Hasn't happened yet and we don't have access to our meters anyway. Some mention was made of a panel on the wall or a phone app. I haven't heard of hacking issues here. I reckon the spokesperson did not really think before opening his gob.

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  3. Too damned hot! We don't have aircon in our house, but if our summer temps were that high for any length of time, I'd have to do something about it!

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    1. Walt, it is not too bad when it is a single hot day, but when we have a period of days over thirty, houses and concrete really heats up. The above was posted at 1pm, now at nearly 5pm it has dropped from 35 to 22 and 20 forecast for tomorrow.

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  4. I don't know who to blame but I think it is really shoddy in this day and age to have infrastructure that cannot cope with expected demands. I don't care what their reasons are, it just isn't good enough.
    Hot overnight temperatures are worse than hot days in my opinion. I always expect to feel cooler once the sun goes down, but of course that doesn't happen.

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    1. River, no shortage of power but an infrastructure fail, as you experienced last year, I think, perhaps not personally.

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  5. Thicker walls, more insulation and double glazing might all help too, but who can afford to build to those specs?

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    1. If those specs are the standard, they will not cost much more.

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    2. They are standard in much of Europe for protection against the freezes, and should be made so here for the heat.

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  6. Hell it was hot yesterday and the night ... so hard to sleep !
    We did have power (thank you God) but I feel so sorry for the lot that did not!
    WE pay so MUCH for our power now so one would think they would get their act together!!! Rrrrrrr

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    1. Lady J, sometimes you just have to say damn the cost. Leave the air con overnight.

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    2. And that is what we did! LOL

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    3. Mine ran for five or six days straight, 24 hours until I turned it off last night to clean the filters this morning. It's cool enough now that I don't need it on again yet. My account is far enough in credit that I don't need to worry about it.

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    4. River, I am pleased to know you don't stint on your personal comfort and at times it is a matter of health.

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  7. I've been in Sydney for a few days and although not too hot (compared to Perth temperatures) the humidity is a killer!! I find it strange that people would need to notify their power provider of any air-cons they bought, what a weird thing to say!!

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    1. Sami, it was a weird thing to say, which is why I picked up on it. You have experienced the most humid week in Sydney for how many decades?

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  8. That's a bit strange, it's just as if we had to tell that we bought a heating !!

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  9. Yesterday Sunday we received two more messages from Prodigal son, him with the charisma of a wet cat , despite my leanings and his teachings, his utterances on the sabbath are to be deplored. " Son You can't have more" , my money machine is deceased. and your tough demeanor is unwarranted, as long as your present attitude to me and your siblings remain your pleas will fall on deaf ears.The saga will no doubt continue.

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    1. Vest, that must have been hard to say, but ever so necessary. Are you allowed to slap a 50 year old son in the face?

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  10. Our power bill came in last week. hardly cheapskate $785.00, and we don't have a pool to run anymore in this new house. just Two Cats a 63 yr old son and my old bag of bones.

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    1. For three months Vest? That is absurd. If it is not a problem, fine. But if it was me, I would be looking to reduce it to about $300.

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    2. How much??? Yikes! I'd be getting that checked.

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  11. My goodness, Andrew. That is super, super hot and to think many lost power and their air conditioning! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, certainly not great for them.

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  12. I remember last year a young hooligan drove his cat into an electricity pole on our street on a 41C day and put everything out for hours, fortunately for him he wasn't hurt and drove off at top speed before anyone could get there or he might have been lynched.. tempers are frayed in that kind of heat 😀😀 It looks like you're getting hotter weather than us this year Andrew.. damm I wish I hadn't said that, there's still a month to go!

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    1. Grace,yes, I think I would be in the mood to lynch. Although officially one month to go, March can still be very hot.

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  13. It was a disgusting night , and what a weird thing to say! We need to notify the blood-sucking bastards now? So they can sting us for more dosh while not delivering the service they're supposed to ?

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    1. Jayne, I don't think so, but I do wonder at times whether we look at the old SEC with rose coloured glasses.

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  14. The Electric bill was for six months, previous three months waived due to non access to meter due to side gate being locked by security conscious no 1 son.

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    1. then ignore my previous WTF comment

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    2. Got it now. Thanks Vest. Not so bad then.

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  15. Anonymous11:24 am

    As you know, I've had the opposite problem with a bitterly cold winter - last Wednesday was -12 at 4:30pm. Naturally my heater and I have become very close over the past few months and not once have I been let down. My usual winter heating bill is about $35-$40 a month. Despite having to use the heater more often and for longer periods, my last bill was only about $55 for the month. And no matter how many heaters (or coolers for that matter) are in use, we've never had utility outages, except during the big earthquake. No country is perfect but maybe Australia should look to its neighbours to see how they do it. BunyipYip

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    1. Australia is well known for looking to its neighbours and then ignoring the lesson.
      Oops, sorry Andrew, I'm hogging your blog.

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    2. BY, I guess your heating is not reverse cycle air con as they would not heat enough for such temperatures. Your power is incredibly cheap. How much nuclear is making up the supply?

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    3. River, rather like governments call for expert advice on matters, and then ignore the advice.

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  16. Gosh what's wrong with the power companies - we too have had it rather warmish here in Launceston with the A/C going 24/7 on warmer days only.

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    1. Margaret, we normally turn ours off at night and rely on the overhead fans in the bedrooms, but not that night.

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