OK people get ready for a tirade.
Just received a coupon booklet from Ontario Power Authority (they oversee Ontario Hydro). There are 17 coupons from .50 cents up to $30.00 dollars exhorting us to buy new light bulbs, indoor light fixtures, power bars with integrated timers or auto-shutoff features, dimmer switches, indoor motion sensors, ceiling fans, insulation blankets for electric water heaters, programmable thermostats for electric baseboard heaters, pipe wraps for hot water pipes, outdoor umbrella stands, clothesline kits, heavy duty outdoor timers and weatherstripping.
Now, Ontario Hydro under Ontario Power Authority has one purpose and that is to generate electricity to sell to us the consumer. Does no one, other than myself, find it a little bit strange when a company manufacturing a product does an about turn and wants the consumer to NOT buy more of its product.
And to assist in that endeavor it sends the purchasers of it's commodity a booklet of coupons to, as The Little Book of Great Big Energy Savings states, save energy. However all of the items listed above have an ene4rgy cost associated with them that is not factored into the savings equation.
So to recap, a company produces something, sells it to you then tells you not to buy so much of it, then sends you coupons to buy products that need to be manufactured using electricity. Which leads to the conclusion that it is OK for manufacturers (the big guy) to use the electricity but not for us (the little guy) to use it.
Something stinks in Denmark, no, something stinks in Canada, no, something stinks in Ontario, damned right it does and the stench is sickening.
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