“I don’t care if it’s hot. You can’t turn on that Air Conditioning!” – Government
Posted by Daniel Farrell
An article on the Newstalk ZB website today tells of how the Government is requesting that heat pumps be turned off in Summer. The article quotes Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority chief executive, Mike Underhill as saying, “that’s the whole question about whether you’d use a heat pump in summer, and our view is that you don’t”.
Am I the only person who’s more than slightly disturbed by this? They are effectively suggesting that it is wrong for people to use electric cooling during summer. As much as the Lipton Ice Tea ad would have you believe, if it’s hot, throwing your air conditioners into a massive pile with all the fans and stuff is not a good idea. If you’re not sure what I’m on about there, check out the ad at the bottom.
Let’s think about it though. If people don’t use air conditioning, they can’t concentrate. That’s bad for productivity. Yes, having restrictions on cooling is bad for the economy. I don’t care what anyone says, but as long as someone can afford the electricity bill (which a lot of people can’t, I might add, given the fact electricity prices keep going up for unrealistic reasons, or no reason whatsoever) they should pump out that air con. It’s good to cool down.
Unfortunately, with electricity prices, it’s the people who don’t need air conditioning because they’ve got olympic sized swimming pools in their backyard who can afford to run the air conditioning.
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Posted on July 25, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged electricity, electricity prices, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, heat pumps, Lipton Iced Tea, Mike Underhill, video. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.