Late Night Musings: Some Days Are Just Total Write-Offs!

2개월 전

Yesterday feels like one of those days that might as well not have happened.

We had extremely stormy weather here, with very high winds and driving rain much of the day. Not surprisingly, the electricity went out around 10:00 in the morning. That does happen from time to time around here because we live a bit outside of town... normally, they fix it within an hour or so, and we can move on.

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Not so, yesterday. Fallen trees took out the primary feed into our town and something on the order of 11,000 households were in the dark. And because the weather remained stormy, repairs were slowed down.

Made me really stop and think about how much we are dependent on our modern conveniences and technology to function. And since we're in the fairly far north here, it also means that we start losing the daylight a little after 4:00pm.

Not an issue, normally... except yesterday the electricity outage just dragged on and on. What's more, where we live the cellphone connection is spotty at best, so we were more or less cut off from the world. And so, we waited all day... and into the evening, by candlelight.

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Fortunately, we have a natural gas stove, so we could make some soup for dinner... and have a fire in our fireplace. After reading by candlelight for a while — actual paper books, can you imagine!?! — we went to bed fairly early because it was getting cold in the house. At that point, we'd already been in the dark for 12 hours.

The lights didn't come on again until a little after 6:00 in the morning, but pretty much all of yesterday went nowhere.

Now, I realize that there are many who live without regular and consistent electricity... but the difference is that here we expect it and have an entire infrastructure built around things working.

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When we lived in a somewhat underdeveloped part of Spain in the early 1970's, the electricity going out was something we expected, so we were always prepared, and paid it little mind. In 2021 USA, our expectations are a little different... and we are far more dependent. Fortunately, we always have a good stash of candles, as well as several very good LED camping lanterns.

Anyway, that was our Monday here.

Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your week!

How about YOU? Is the electricity reliable where you are? Do you experience LONG outages, like we sometimes do here? What do you do with your time, when that happens? Do leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!

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We generate some of our own electricity - I would like to be completely self-sufficient, but here in the city, at my friend's house, that would not be possible. You could be just as independent of all the suppliers - and in my opinion that would be the right way to a) avoid such supply failures and b) take a little of the influence away from the monopolists among the energy companies. Decentralised supply, self-consumption and collective use of the surplus. But nobody listens to me...

Wir erzeugen einen Teil unseres Stroms selber - ich wäre gerne vollständig autark, aber hier in der Stadt, bei meinem Freund, wäre das nicht möglich. Genauso unäbhängig könnte man sich von allen Versorgern machen - und das wäre meines Erachtens der richtige Weg, um sich a) solche Versorgungsausfälle zu ersparen und b) den Monolpolisten unter den Energiekonzernen ein wenig von ihrem Einfluß zu nehmen. Dezentrale Versorgung, Eigenverbrauch und kollektive Verwendung des Überschusses. Aber auf mich hört ja keiner...

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Our only option where we live for self-generation is solar power; we are not permitted to put up anything tall here e.g. wind turbines. Currently, the cost to put it in is +/- 25000 USD which is a lot of money, unfortunately. But it would definitely be nice to have our own decentralized supply.

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A combined heat and power plant based on wood or pellets should actually be approvable in your country...? Unfortunately, I have only found vague information about what applies where in America.

Ein Blockheizkraftwerk auf Holz- oder Pelletbasis sollte eigentlich genehmigungsfähig sein bei Euch...? Habe leider nur vage Informationen darüber gefunden, was wo gilt in Amerika.