Heat

We had about 39 or 40 degrees C again today here in Tokyo/Saitama. Train tracks on the Tobu Tojo line got warped about 5 cm due to the heat (metal expands) and about 2000 passengers got delayed. A few people have died too, as often happens, although I’m not sure if “heat” is really a cause of death in such cases.

Right now at 17:00 my room is a cosy 34 degrees, as the sun is setting, with the A/C on 26 and a couple of fans at full speed. The kitchen, where I do not have A/C is still above 37. That is HEAT.

I’m worried about global warming, this is just not NICE.

Incidentally, TEPCO, my electricity company, put a notice in my mailbox today. They are asking customers to save electricity as a result of the earthquake in Niigata prefecture in July. All seven nuclear reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station are shut down and that has created problems for TEPCO, who has had to secure power from other plants.

The leaflet explains that between 13:00 and 16:00, they are having trouble supplying the electricity needed, so please turn down the tempereture of your air conditioners, hang up curtains and blinds in front of windows, and turn off the TV if you are not watching.

I’m sure people can do more than that. Any good ideas, dear readers…?

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(Photo from www.nippon.fr showing a fridge curtain, to save electricity when you open the door of the refrigerator on a hot day.

3 Comments so far

  1. Idil (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    Seems like global warming has hit every city in the world this year. We’re having huge water restrictions in Turkey with only two more months of water supplies in Istanbul and just weeks left in Ankara.
    Some people don’t realize how much electricity they use with light bulbs. If you use 60 or 80s downgrading to a simple 40 can also help alot.
    Good luck with all that!


  2. Asilaria (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 7:18 am

    I’m from Texas, and normally it’s always that hot during the summer…. except this summer it’s been cool and raining all summer. And, now I moved to montana, and this place is normally really cool during the summer, except this summer was hotter than it ever was. There were like 20 days above 90 degrees, which is just bizarre.

    “The leaflet explains that between 13:00 and 16:00, they are having trouble supplying the electricity needed, so please turn down the tempereture of your air conditioners, hang up curtains and blinds in front of windows, and turn off the TV if you are not watching.”
    Besides lightbulbs, just try to keep the lights off. Darker rooms are naturally cooler. Don’t leave lights on that you don’t need. Turn off the computer if you know you won’t be using it (like when you’re sleeping.) Be conscious of overloading your washing machine, or making too-small loads. Don’t use unnessacary electronics (I always seem to have everything plugged in and charging, even if its charged.)

    Haha…; I think of all of this because these are the things my parents lecture me about, but there must be something to it.


  3. Martin F (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Idil, I really agree, we need to use more efficient lamps and also remind people to turn off the lights when they are the last one toleave a room. Asilaria, I have a feeling one day you will be lecturing a lot of people about these things!

    I also have a blog about consumer topics and environmental news, you are welcome to read and comment there as well:

    Kurashi News from Japan
    http://martinjapan.blogspot.com/



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