If you read the article I linked, you’ll see that there are calls there to incentivize reduction and phase out energy inefficient equipment.
I am in the public sector, and believe me when I say there is no incentive or willingness to consider installing energy efficient machines here. I was told to use the old energy hogger until it breaks—to “save money.”
The government gives a small subsidy to buy more energy efficient appliance. The problem is those appliance are very expensive.
So the question is, is it better to spend more than double on a more energy efficient appliance that is maybe 5% more efficient, or use what you have but maintain it properly so that it still works as well as it should?
Entitlement is at an all time high. Its fairly obvious. Many people run ac all day then give numerous reasons they deserve it and how shitty you are for even mentioning energy waste ac isnt the only reason, but its a pretty easy example. The brick wall is gonna hurt in taiwan if we dont get smarter soon.
Just for example… if your AC is not efficient, then have it serviced. Perhaps it needs cleaning, fan blade particularly (this part really affects efficiency in a bad way). Then see if the coolant charge is correct. If it’s over or under charged it will not run efficiently and you’ll pay for it when you get the power bill… I just had to de-charge my AC unit a bit because it was overcharged (meaning the air coming out isn’t as cold as it should), and when I did this it ran cooler and so was able to reach the temperature sooner. (I don’t recommend doing this in the US because it may be illegal, as I don’t really have special refrigerant collector)
So if your AC is using a lot of power consider having it serviced by a competent tech. But don’t just mindlessly add coolant to the system… overcharged is just as bad as undercharged. If the thing isn’t as cool as it should be, then it may be overcharged, and if the indoor unit keeps freezing up, it’s definitely undercharged.
These steps are much cheaper/use less resource than replacing the unit.
So why don’t Taipower ever use peak/off peak billing schemes?
Basically charge more for peak usage and next to nothing for off peak. Then people would be incentivized to either use their EV as batteries, or buy household batteries that can hold about 15 kwh or so (this is about how much you would use per day anyways if you use AC), then have the battery charge during off peak hours, then use that battery power to run your AC during peak hours.
Well damn. We are nearly at total possible output of power yet people or the government wants more electric scooters and cars? People worry about monkeypox when they should be more worried about stupidpox
To make an EV battery you must dig up 500,000 lbs. of earth. For one battery. Which has a service life, after which it must be replaced. Which has no current means of economically recycling the components either, so unless you’d like the price of the pack to wildly exceed the crazy levels it is at now you will throw the old away and buy another one with another half-million pounds of earth dug up. All of which are dug up, transported and processed using fossil fuels because there is no other rational way to do so.
I’ve been following the guy for over a decade. Really a good follow