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  • newffie
    May 19, 2012 - 11:59

    wind mills would be the best for the nfld people if they own there own wind mill if they don`t own there own wind mill ,they will loose

  • Harold
    May 19, 2012 - 11:29

    well said sue. now,, will anyone in authority listen?? PLEASE don't leave my kids and grandkids another upper churchill.

  • Mountain Man
    May 19, 2012 - 10:28

    Living off the grid means having to count watts like dieters count calories. I know, I've been there.

  • Winston Adams
    May 19, 2012 - 10:19

    Here is my cost per month for electric heat for 800 sq ft house, with the temperature always at the range of 21 to 23 C. Dec 40.00, Jan 45.00,Feb 39.00, Mar 30.00, Apr 19.00. Total for these 5 months 173.00 ,about 180.00 with the 4 percent Hst added. Here is how I acheived this. First I upgraded the 25 year house with good windows , some extra insulation and air tightness. Then I installled a all electric minisplit , inverter type heatpump that can operate down to minus 18 C, so it requires no backup electric heaters . But instead of installing the outdoor component outdoors, I installed it in the attic. There it benefits from the the solar absorption of the black shingles to give it even better efficiency, prevents malfunction at low temperatures, and prevents corrosion from our salt air environment. Full year heating should be not more than 250.00 For a house of 1200 sq ft with 1200 sq ft basement built to good standards, this would be about 625.00 per year( bigger houses need a bit less heat per sq ft). This approach is much more cost effective then regular solar or wind generators. Although wind generators can be very useful to supplement our hydro. But heatpumps of this type are so effecient it can reduce our total demand by more than 50 percent. Other jurisdictions are spending a lot of money for good , effective energy efficient programs. We are spending very little in comparison.And too much on frivolus, ineffective ways.

  • Sue Kelland-Dyer
    May 19, 2012 - 07:11

    Okay - so now we have a group interested in their own little bit of privatization of supply and grid. We have not yet dealt with a reasonable energy plan. The deal is this - energy is necessary - if we privatize it - you and I will continue to pay for it forever. If it is owned by us - we get the benefit of paying it off and controlling rates. Have a forum on nationalizing Newfoundland Power. This is our resource and it is a fundamental of day to day living. It is amazing the greed both corporate and personal when you get to own a river or wind. If we start the nonesense above - then each and every Newfoundland and Labrador family should own a river or be given windmills to generate power. Then we can completely mess up our grid and with no incoming dollars Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro will be unable to complete satisfactory maintenance. Newfoundland and Labrador had this debate 20 years ago and we said NO. What we need now is somebody with a vision for the public development of our energy resources. That is to say we don't soend 6 to 8 billion dollars to create 50 jobs - increase of power rates - and subsidize other provinces.