Of course I’m being facetious, but the phrase that is used to describe what happens is load shedding, so we haven’t got any power cuts in Bangalore. Ha ha. Okay, so that was not funny.
Over the last few days, I’ve been experiencing the benefits of no power, like more reading, more cleaning, and more irritation. The power cuts I can understand. The power situation’s pretty dire and BESCOM can’t satisfy the power hungry consumers. What I can’t understand is the unscheduled load shedding. If the cuts were scheduled, at least people could plan their day around the “load shedding” time, by running errands or something. With the random cuts, you’re left with no idea of when you’ll have power and when you won’t. Apparently I am not alone in facing this problem.
My neighbour, who has an AC, runs it even when the weather doesn’t require an AC. This is the “Have AC will Run” (HAWR) syndrome, which may be affecting other AC owners in our city. Okay, so you may need an AC during summer, and that too for one or two months. I can’t understand running an AC when the weather’s good. Maybe there should be a moratorium on using ACs, especially in a power crisis. There are these things called fans which work pretty well.
I’m guessing though that the biggest culprits are the offices with their glass facade buildings and air conditioning units that suck up power. Yeah, some of the bigger offices have generators but that’s another can of worms with its air pollution, noise, and fuel consumption. All these glass facade buildings should be made to shift to solar energy and given incentives for doing so.
Finally, instead of trying to get the government to buy surplus power from other states, a better solution would be for us to reduce unnecessary power consumption and wastage of power.
Lower power consumption = lower electricity bill = savings. Savings that you can use to buy that AC you so desperately need. Of course, I’m being facetious.