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Heatwave could be deadly, but Aussies told not to use air conditioners due to “environmental responsibilities” January 27, 2009

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Heatwave could be deadly, but Aussies told not to use air conditioners due to “environmental responsibilities”

By the blogowner, honestclimate, January 27, 2009

From The Australian, January 27, 2009

The South Australian Government is urging people not to use their air conditioners as the state swelters in three days of 40C-plus temperatures.

Citing the community’s environmental responsibilities, the State Government today put our a press release saying there were many alternatives to using air conditioners, urging South Australians to instead insulate ceilings and use external blinds or a pergola to shade windows

“Fans and evaporative cooling are good choices to minimise energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

From WeatherZone, January 27, 2009

The Ambulance Service says a heatwave expected to sweep across much of Victoria, Australia, in the coming days could prove deadly.

Victorians are being urged to prepare for the possibility of bushfires and to minimise the health risks of the heat.

Ambulance Victoria operations manager Paul Holman says it is feared the conditions will claim lives.

“This is unprecedented; we know what happens when we get a couple of hot days, particularly with the elderly and the chronically ill,” he said.

Just don’t use your air-conditioner!



1. Michelle - January 27, 2009

What a ridiculous statement by the government! What – only use airconditioners on cold days?

And what exactly were the working conditions of the public servant and the manager who penned and authorised this request? Air-con on for at least 12 hours a day, computer and printer on at the ready, flouro lights on every x square metres to ensure there are no law suits for eye strain? Did you know that if the office temperature goes above x degrees that workers have to be sent home?

I have a father who is not as young as he used to be. When he tells me it is hotter than usual at home I am relieved when he tells me he has used the airconditioner. Hey – that’s what they are for!

On the other hand, I live in a country close to the equator. I don’t have air con in my home. That’s the main reason my Dad won’t come to visit. My son and I can handle the heat and humidity without life threatening consequences. Not so for others.

Will the public service twits responsible for this request confess that they had the air con on at work all day??????

How many frail or elderley people may die because they are environmentally conscious, believe the global warming hysteria and obey this stupid request?

2. David - January 27, 2009

“urging South Australians to instead insulate ceilings and use external blinds or a pergola to shade windows”

Insulating your ceiling is not a smart thing to do in the summer and not cheap either. I know this from experience. I also know that insulation will not eliminate your need for air conditioning, although it will reduce the need some.

External blinds can only do so much too. But doing something that is effective and still looks good is also going to cost a bit of money. Again, I know this from experience.

The government doesn’t seem to understand the laws of thermodynamics. When it gets 40C outside, it’s going to get hot inside your house, possibly dangerously hot, unless you have some way of removing the heat, like with… oh I don’t know, AN AIR CONDITIONER!

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