Okay, this is ironic.

Indoor temperature is beginning to climb. Those linemen I mentioned the other day, who have been laying new cable every day this week, shut off the power without notice this morning. It’s only been an hour or two so far but that’s enough to begin to make itself felt – these houses aren’t meant for use without air conditioning.

The workers are aware of that and I’m reasonably confident that they plan to reconnect the power before there are headlines and lawsuits about dead geezers – they do this all the time. But the irony of the situation does not escape me. At home, where the electrical service consists of whatever half-assed contraption you built, this doesn’t happen. The houses aren’t dependent on air conditioning, for one thing – the windows open. Nobody would ever be stupid enough to let their life depend on home-grown electricity, and even if they did there’s nearly always a Plan B even if it’s only a generator. Finally, nobody gets to pull a switch and shut off your power without you getting a vote. Yeah – that’s the way it’s done when a bunch of redneck amateurs run around loose.

So to actually find myself without power and without any backup plan but to wait and hope, I had to come to the big city where professionals are in charge. Swell.

BTW I’m pecking this post out on my phone because of course there’s no wifi.

ETA: My faith in the power guys was not misplaced, the power came back on about fifteen minutes after I posted the above.

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6 Responses to Okay, this is ironic.

  1. Zelda says:

    Is there a reason why anyone would build or buy a house that depended on electric powered air conditioning in that climate? and would you share what it could possibly be?

    But now you have something to do! You can caulk and insulate this house and make it less electricity dependent. You can install an attic whole house vent fan and a folding attic stair. And while you are insulating the attic you can staple up some reflective material which may deteriorate the shingles more quickly but it will keep the house cooler.

  2. More and more you come to appreciate “home”.

  3. Norman says:

    Zelda, that’s called “designing in Plan B during house construction” and now that A/C is standard everywhere good luck finding (or, for that matter, affording) a good high volume, low noise, whole house fan. Then there’s the issue of enough venting of the attic to handle the air volume the fan moves; ridge venting alone won’t do it.

    And, in an environment like AZ’s (and FL’s, and TX’s, and MN’s and WI’s and MI’s….) it pays to add extra insulation and foil facing for hot climates, but unless you’re building it yourself, good luck…..builders want to make as much $$ as possible from each house, and buyers oooh and aaah over countertops and fancy showers, not insulation. No one – especially builders – spends another $3-4K in house cost and buyers don’t seem to ever think about the additional $40-60/month for the life of the house in higher energy costs, they just like the bling.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is what we run into when we depend on “others” . . .

  5. Joel says:

    Is there a reason why anyone would build or buy a house that depended on electric powered air conditioning in that climate? and would you share what it could possibly be?

    This is the thing I’ve always asked about – You could build a house in the low desert that’s survivable – not comfortable, god knows, but survivable – in summer. People lived here before the invention of A/C compressors. There’s surface water here, and where there’s surface water there are people. Bunch of different flavors of Indians lived here before Whitey came along and there were recognizable towns here in the 1860’s. Miners and farmers and such. But the cities in this area didn’t really explode in growth until A/C, and any residence built in an incorporated area in the past few decades is made with the assumption that there will always be lots of A/C and lots of electricity to run it. If either of those things stops being true on any large scale this place is in for a very bad time – rather briefly.

    I understand why a few people might want to live here, if they’re really heat-tolerant. But it always seemed to me like a dumb place to put large cities. Houses are easier to heat without high-tech than they are to cool.

  6. terrapod says:

    Be glad it was not Indiana Michigan power, any 10 minute interruption of service that is planned lasts 2 or 3 hours. If unplanned (as in major storm), days.

    The swamp coolers were great in Phoenix except during monsoon where the humidity killed the efficiency.

To the stake with the heretic!