Power bills and responsibility

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I would have been very happy if my electric bill had gone up only 50 per cent: my bill tripled from November. But November was mild and December was extreme, so one should not be surprised.
The wind chill at -15 C and 30 to 50 knots of wind is extreme.

It should also be pointed out to those with heat pumps, that they are not efficient in those low temperatures and, in fact, do not work at all at -15 C. I understand at those low temperatures, there is recourse made to a built-in electric heater, and of course that is just as power consuming as any electric element.

I am much more concerned that the power supply system has been revealed to be as fragile as it was, and that those charged with keeping a robust system up to date, did not.

I will bet there will yet surface many frontline workers who informed management just how close to the edge of failure the system was and management took the risk anyway.

These people, starting with Ed Martin, should be held accountable for this serious failure in judgment. And by accountability, I mean fired, and without any golden parachutes or massive severances and pensions.

 

Bruce Parsons

Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s

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  • Patrick
    January 22, 2014 - 17:17

    I would like to know where the author gets his information. Our home is heated by a heat pump and since we purchased the home 2 years ago we have noticed a marked decrease in our home heating bills from our previous homes that were either heated by natural gas or baseboard heaters. His claim that they do not work below -15 is hogwash. During the coldest spells of the winter our home remains a comfortable 19 degrees throughout and our energy bills are far less than our last home which was heated by natural gas and our home previous to that one that had baseboard heaters. The author is 100% incorrect.

  • Brad
    January 22, 2014 - 16:49

    "These people, starting with Ed Martin, should be held accountable for this serious failure in judgment. And by accountability, I mean fired, and without any golden parachutes or massive severances and pensions." Labour law disagrees with you on that paragraph.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    January 22, 2014 - 09:57

    Having installed a mini-split heat pump on Dec. 14, 2013, my energy use over the next 28 day period (which included the extremely cold temperature period), did not even go up as compared to the previous year's period. In fact, it went down 7.3%. So far, over the most recent 8 day period since then, my average per day usage has gone down about 40% (and I am only using about 50% of the potential rated output of my outdoor unit). As for the -15 degree lower limit. That is indeed what is advertised. But during that coldest -19 degree period, my heat pump kept my living/dining/kitchen/pantry, half-bath area at 20- 21 degrees C. There was no need to turn on my baseboard heaters.