It has been reported by the media that the demand for electricity has been quite high lately because of the temperatures, in fact too close for comfort to the maximum available supply, and during recent weeks, power cuts have resulted from the high demand.
The implication is that this usage of electricity is a necessary evil, as are the resulting power cuts.
I agree up to a point. But when I walked around busy Ledra Street during the day, I saw that many shops had left their front doors open during the hottest times of the day while the coolness from their air conditioners was escaping. Leaving the doors open also makes the air conditioners work harder, thus using even more electricity. Do the shops really have to be that welcoming when it is obvious already that they are not closed?
Secondly, I have seen many times in public places – and people’s homes – that the thermostat is set to around 18C. Why? Many Cypriots will say it’s freezing cold when temperatures in winter are 18C and will wear warm clothes. How about 26C? Doesn’t that seem like a good summer temperature?
This overcooling not only overloads the system but also makes people sick – I seem to have a permanently stiff neck these days. And it doesn’t make sense because it makes you feel hotter in the long run. When you have to go back outside after work for instance, the difference in temperature can make you believe that it is hotter than it really is… resulting in going home and back to lowering the temperatures on air conditioner even more.
Marina B, Nicosia