We live in the beautifully temperate tropics and yet try to refrigerate any space we inhabit. But what is going to happen as our power prices continue to climb?
IGOT my power bill the other day. Yikes – over $ 500, which is about $ 100 more than my last bill, but probably a lot less than those who love their aircon.
I can sympathise, I relied on my trusty heater when I lived down south, up here it’s the reverse.
I can’t tell you how many people have told me that for whatever reason – high body thermostat, poor ventilation, general hatred of heat or the many that are addicted to snuggling under a doona all yearround with the aircon on high, our population is ill- equipped to function without cooled air.
It’s easy in the car, probably chews a bit of petrol but hey – there’s no actual bill to tell you precisely how much you are paying for your quest for coolness.
At work, well, the bosses are paying, aren’t they? Unless you’re the boss, then you’ll be getting a power bill at work and a power bill at home – what’s the going rate for a black market kidney?
I have to take a cardi when I go to shopping centres, whatever the ambient temperature is they’ve settled on results in a semishuffled jog through the freezer section of the supermarket because it’s nothing short of Arctic.
I still remember a delay at the Townsville Airport one evening where the aircon was so cold people in the ceilinged upstairs gate lounge were wrapping themselves in towels and whatever else they had in their carry- on as the chilly blast rolled around the vortex, and it’s the same at the hospital which is borderline brrr, while if you brave the Civic Theatre in short sleeves it’s ‘ hello, hypothermia.’
I’m pretty sure locals don’t realise how far their aircon settings have migrated from the outdoor climate. We live in the beautifully temperate tropics and yet try to refrigerate any space we inhabit.
But what is going to happen as our power prices continue to climb? Dare we think about being just a little bit warm? Not hot, just not cooled to refrigerator- worthy temperatures. Fans are cheap to run and better still breezes are free, yet find a business, hotel or large building with ceilings high enough for fans, or windows that open.
I’ve mentioned before how the style of housing filling the newer suburbs might be cheap, but departing from Queenslander features means the cost of cooling these low- ceilinged boxes with no verandas or eaves is going to become prohibitive, if it isn’t already.
Apparently we are supposed to have competition in the power game but that’s news to those of us stuck with one provider, and like other services in town that have no competition, prices are premium, which is probably how the State Government prefers it.
So while we can’t conjure up a competitor, trying to wean ourselves off the Arctic blast can’t hurt. There’s plenty of leeway between ‘ brrr’ and boiling, but until our power debacle is overhauled, it’s not such a barmy idea to aim for something slightly balmier.
... YET FIND A BUSINESS, HOTEL OR LARGE BUILDING WITH CEILINGS HIGH ENOUGH FOR FANS, OR WINDOWS THAT OPEN