Were any of the writers on Hubpages who live in India affected by the power failure? If so, what was your reaction?
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I didn't realize this is an ongoing problem. Do you plan your day around the outages?
It is true. Rarely I used to come chennai city, in hotel room it is very irksome.
Yes, I do go out in the evenings in spite of power-failure. I go in the air-conditioned car and also visit air-conditioned malls or other cool places which is a big relief! I also always use a hand-fan!
I'm curious why they wouldn't shut down at night when it's cooler and everyone is sleeping. That way everyone could stay working and the power spike would be less when they came back on line
ya it may sound good but that is not exactly what happens because when power cuts are done during night people stay up here all the night without sleeping due to mosquito attack and lack of enough air leading to sweating feeling irritated!
I see, so you have to use AC all the time, it never cools off enough to go without it. Is that so just in the summer months or is it all the time?
ya! obviously during summer where its too hot and its not possible and advisable to use AC all time as the electricity bill too shoots up adding fuel to the fire!
I understand but in reverse, I live in a cold place and we couldn't survive the winter without heat. My natural gas bill quadruples in the winter. I couldn't imagine if they shut it off for hours a day. we would cool off quick.
lol :D exactly the opposite!
With that kind of disruption, it is difficult for you to store foods? Are there generators for things like elevators to continue running?
Housing societies can not afford to install power generators because it is beyond their capacity to maintain, it requires fund to run.
The power grid in India is quite new, isn't it? Are there any traditional ways that are still used to cope with the heat and food preservation issues?
Traditional methods means bring ice and store fish, meat in icebox for maximum one day boiling of milk 3 to 4 times is necessary to avoid spoilage.
wow that would be a lot of work, where does the ice come from? In more ancient times India was so prosperous, I guess most people think that you can cope with the heat. Has the climate changed do you think?
It sounds like a very complex issue, more than just the power going out for periods of time. It's all tied to who the consumers are and the ways that it is consumed. Glad you shared some insight.
@Cyndi10 yes my dear friend to put it in the simplest of terms there are three issues as far as power is concerned -- generation, transmission and distribution we have a problem with all.
power shortage is a reality. The main reason is that we haven't been able to decide -- thermal, hydro, nuclear or solar options. We have let foreign lobbies and equipment suppliers bias our decisions rather than availability of raw material