Trying to find the "culprit" in just electrical loads is a bit myopic. People who shift their use from oil to electricity, which was deemed good until the HST hit, are doing the energy consumption a favour.
Air-to-air heat pumps, as opposed to ground-source heat pumps have become popular in North America and PEI over the last year. Do people who switch consume less energy overall? Heat pumps are supposed to have a 3:1 efficiency ratio over electricity (about the same as ground source from deep wells) but that is the theoretical advantage.
I have a friend in Norway who says in Scandinavia no one can afford oil and they almost universally use electric heat and heat pumps.
I went through the same ordeal as you with Bell Aliant and had to fight like hell to get a Bell Turbo Stick with Cradlepoint wireless modem. They had actually got my download speed to as high as 10mb per second. I was absolutely ecstatic as I work from home and use the internet for everything!
I received the attached letter in the mail a few days ago to inform me that “high speed” is now available in my area. The highest they can give me is 1.5mb per second. Not only that, they want to charge me double!! They attempted to call me to set up an appointment to collect their turbo stick and modem…I will barricade the doors and hold on to this turbo stick…. They will have pry it from my cold lifeless fingers!!!!
Lol But seriously, do I have a legal recourse? Can bell do this based on my current contract? Not sure I have the contract….
I had read somewhere (reference unavailable as my mental librarian has gone to bed already) that it takes more energy to heat a home than it does to cool a home. I like the idea of A/C as the culprit, but I'd be interested in anyone who does whole home energy monitoring and uses both electric heat and A/C. Your data could certainly suggest that our higher winter load bears out my "winter is more energy hungry" opinion.
That said, I imagine anyone who does monitor their entire home energy usage likely has heat sources other than electricity! I really do find it puzzling that if Maritime Electric bills for all the energy that is used off its grid that is can't classify that usage as either residential, commercial, industrial or institutional. I can't imagine there are that many locations that produce their own industrial power in PEI. (A Chrysler plant in Windsor, Ontario that I worked at did, but that was a massive facility.)
So much data yet so little data.
We probably have all the data necessary to plot the relationship between daily high temp and electrical usage. Here's a graph for last summer in the US.
The full post containing the above graph also states "the typical home consumes 20-30% more electricity overall on the hottest days, relative to an average summer day":
Nathan is correct. A/C is the culprit.
In warmer environs where electric heat in the winter does not generate the kind of load it does here, it's the summer *cooling* season that utilities really struggle to supply.
Yes, it's air conditioning. A/C uses alot of electricity and in addition to locals there are alot of air conditioned rooms for all the tourists.
Lovely running route as well. One of my favourite ways to see the island.
I guess there's some confusion over the name of the guy from Tim Cook's office...
I love this, Peter.
It figures that I would make a typographical error when referring to Jane Ledwell, one of the Island's great editors.
Got this this morning (I hate double thisses)- very cool. The anonymity of it at first fed a misguided sense of self-importance as if I have a stalker. Although mildly exciting to me, Pauline insisted I google it and lo and behold there was Ruk. Thanks Peter. Send me your address and I'll send you something that will be cool.
Great item Peter, I think you meant to say "This brings to mind Jane Ledwell’s talk." Although mine - may still be the more appropriate term for this wonderful data-mining exercise.
A well-known blogger, Peter Rukavina, uses research to expose Island ways.
"But HER father Robert [MacLean], a well-known businessman himself, took her aside with some advice." (emphasis mine)
This comment infers that whoever "HER" is, she is also a well-known businessman...
At a time when word count is important, you'd think The Guardian would cut out the "well-known" out, but that, like being "well-known" is stating the obvious.
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You can ride your bike from Joe Ghiz Park to Royalty Junction on the Confederation Trail in about 20-30 minutes. I've done it many times.
I love everything about this post. Art begets art. Thank you, Ruk and Oliver!
Update on this story as of Friday, August 16: the part didn't arrive in Moncton until this morning, and I didn't hear about this until 1:00 p.m., so it was too late to drive to Moncton today. As such, I've been assured that I can drop off the machine any time on Monday in Moncton and have it repaired while I wait.
For accuracy's sake, I found, on calling "Mac" back, that Mac is, in fact, Matt.
Being named Mac and working for Apple would be too confusing anyway :-)
Arrived today by postal mail, was glad to see it. My son Nate was very eager to see what it was all about. Just spent the last ten minutes browsing your site with him and explaining type face, fonts, etc. the best I can. Also, loved the Tragically Hip stamp!
Peter, I'm glad you had a great 'feel good' phone call from California, Somewhere the fact has been lost that we shouldn't have to go public with our problems to get a phone call from a James Bourne type.
What we do need are more Adam and Rebecca Youngs in the world who think that customer service is an inherent way of doing business, not a privilege. I'm slowly finding them in my own corner of consumerism; Chris and his crew at Enmans in Summerside; Sheila Bell and her staff at the Brothers Two who treat my anaphylactic mussel allergy seriously; the whole crew at Clark's Toyota who could give lessons on how treat customers. Good customer service is out there, you just have to look hard to find it some days.
I hope you have better service from Jump+ in Moncton than I did. There seems to be a personnel problem in their tech service department.My iMac,under warranty was there for 29 days,second time and still not fixed properly. Horrible service and no follow up. Dealing with Apple service out of Texas has been phone friendly but not very efficient. I am finally getting a new replacement machine and still looking for some goodwill measure on Apples part.I have been a long time loyal customer with multiple machines and I find this current level of service deplorable,not what I expected from Apple. In fact the last computer I bought was a Macbook, from Future Shop and decided to try the warranty from Future Shop instead.