by Mike Gordon and Heather Flournoy
Our neighbors are in trouble, and we can help. Imagine a heat index of 112 in NYC, humid, and no air conditioning, no fans, no electricity.
Last night’s headlines from The Daily Westchester:
- 20,000 people in NYC without power
- 1,700 in Westchester as of 10:30 pm
Con Edison is urging customers to keep their energy usage to minimum as the record-setting temperatures placed an extra burden on the power grid.
Together we can stop the drain on the grid!
On a hot day, go to the movies, swim in a pool, starting at 11AM isolate your air-conditioning to one room and read a book, unplug everything.
Dishwashers and laundry? Do it after mid-night, or don’t do it at all!
Air conditioning? Counter-intuitively, turn it way up tonight! It’ll allow you to coast a bit more in the morning.
Therefore we’re asking you this: Let’s turn of EVERYTHING and ask our neighbors and friends to do the same…
- Unplug electronics.
- Turn off AC when not in house. It is NOT true that running it continuously saves electricity! Again, run it on high over-night; your house will coast for a bit longer when you turn it off at 11 AM.
- Turn off pool pumps
- Turn off lights
- Turn off the hot water heater during the day.
Large consumers are being paid to turn off what they can; we will volunteer it.
Let’s keep in mind that this is not a sustainable approach and socially we can better prepare for this in the future. If we had a micro-grid now, our homes would be remotely controlled: left unplugged all day until twenty minutes before we came home, and then cooled for our entry. We’d be paid for that control, just as large consumers are.