If you live in India, how did the power failure affect you?
Were any of the writers on Hubpages who live in India affected by the power failure? If so, what was your reaction?
In my city (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India) there is frequent power failure. It is indeed tiresome and so hot! - (Chennai is humid) Daily, in the evenings between 2pm to 5pm, there will be power failure. I found this problem very irksome!
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!
In summer season we need power to save ourselves from sweating and hardships
We need A/C cold water fridges to store food.If power goes of for 3to 4 hrs it is very difficult to work in day time.
Available power can be utilized effectively by changing loads of area to area but money power acts here.
Power failure affects us most and we get numbed.
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?
Ah C yndi! - what a question to ask. Power failure, aka power-cut, load-shedding is such a common happening that it is an integral part of one's life. Only if an event happens once in a while, can it affect one's life.
Well, I get quite upset when there is power failure during my prime time soaps.
Power cut--Load shedding is become a general issue in Indian. All most all state in it controlling power supply by load shedding in summer season. As the authority gives time table of the same people arrange their work or as per it. Even then it feel some inconvenience. Reaction...No, power shortage is a realty.
I am from Bangalore, India. A city known for its climate and the rainfall. But to be honest, It doesn't matter at all. The power cuts are so frequent! every area has its own turn. The timings and the dates will be mentioned, so we have to reschedule our plans according to that.
I wonder how effective "power shedding" is. After a power failure demand peaks as refrigerators, a/c, etc. come back on line and try to cool everything back down. You'd think it would put a very great load on the grid and use more power than just keeping everything going.
Also, Ishway said that there are a/c in the malls so I presume there are generators working, which are less efficient than the power company.
Do you make ice before the scheduled power outage to preserve your food? I would, but that would also use a lot of extra electricity. It would be interesting to see the numbers on this
Power cut has become a way of living in India. I belong to a small town in India, now my parents are living there and believe me the power cut made no difference to them. In metro cities yes it did made a difference but it was not that big. Everybody now have arranged for an alternative. Shopping malls, big organizations have generators to support them throughout the day. Small households have inverters and generators to meet with the power cuts.
So, I guess every one from India would answer in the same way. "Power Cut, whoa what's new"
Power failure is a big problem in India. Everybody know the climate of India is hot, In India we get months winter season otherwise we need fans, ACs for cooling purpose so this all effected by power failure.
Electricity is Power (pun intended). Either you have it or you don’t… Distribution of power create three categories of people… powerful (with all the power they want), power scarce or power-scant (cables and poles in place but irregular power) and powerless (no power and no hopes either).
The crux of the problem is that domestic and agriculture sector are subsidized by industrial and commercial users. The power prices vary from region to region and supply company to company. Only 55% of energy generated in India is billed and 41% of it is collected. Over 40% of energy supplied is lost, not billed, incorrectly billed or payment not collected. This amounts to a loss of Rs. 47,000 crore annually. Billing only recovers a part of the cost. How do you maintain the power sector?
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.
ya... it affected a lot during the initial stages but now we got used to it! moreover at the start power cut was for two consecutive hours and there was one full day shut down from 9 am to 5 pm for maintenance purposes but now the power cut has been reduced to one hour though the one day shut down prevails... though it irritates but when we think that over usage of the power by the people and industries is the main cause it somehow makes us feel guilty as we are one among them!
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.
Power failure is a daily routine here. The power distributing network is old and India also need have to find more ways to get alternate and renewable power sources.
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