(even though the generating plant operates at around 65%)
I wish power plants were 65% efficient.
Unfortunately conventional plants are 30-40% and modern combined cycle* stations are 55% max.
*Gas turbine with heat in exhaust being recovered to create steam.
General public's attitude towards our energy predicament:"I reject the reality of finite resource depletion and substitute it with my own; energy is infinite, we just need an alternative storage medium to run the cars on. The economy can grow indefinitely - we just need to "green" everything! Technology is energy! Peak what?"
I used a amp clamp meter on a customer's big screen TV. He turned it on 6:00 AM & turned it off 10:00 PM. Liked to watch a political network on it. Left it on all day, even when no one was there. 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. It worked out to over $40.00 a month.
His pool pump was about $180.00 a month, 24/7. (No timer)
His electric bill was over $400.00 a month.
He is only employed part time.
Now he shuts his TV off except a few hours a night. And the pool pump is on a timer.
Amazing how many people leave a big screen TV on to give their dog "company" while they are away all day.
I've had 2 clients with the flat screen within a few inches of the stat. They couldn't figure out why the house was cold, but the stat was reading 76 degrees.
"Hey Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort." And he says, "there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice. - Carl Spackler