Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Rant-o-matic 2000 home appliance bonanza jamboree

Moving has forced me to look at home appliances from various angles. Literally. All of the major appliances at our apartment are energy rated A, since I’ve always found it the right choice, plus they save a bit of power too.

What is it that makes people buy less-ecological appliances? Price. No other, real reason (the other two, less relevant being ignorance and indifference). Why are eco-friendly appliances more expensive then? Well, the cost of manufacturing something that is ecological is probably higher, due to the quality of the parts, workmanship and testing (not only of the device, but for certifications and standards).

The real question is: Why doesn’t the government subsidize the cost so that people could buy more ecological appliances? This of course extends to cars (and, I’m sure, many other things).  Doesn’t the government keep telling us to save electricity by not keeping lights on unnecessarily, or heating our apartments when we’re not at home? Isn’t that the right thing to do? Everyone chips in for a better, brighter tomorrow?

Well, everyone except the government, of course.

So, what possible reason would the government have for not incentivizing us peons to buy better appliances? Well, there are a few reasons ranging from the tinfoily to the credible.

  • The government is broke as it is, and has no time to babysit us idiots
  • The government should not even be required to babysit us idiots
  • The government does not want, can’t afford, [insert reason here] to invest in a cleaner, more ecological future, despite what it keeps telling us
  • The government doesn’t want to invest in a more ecological future in this specific way (instead they will promote cleaner cars, such as hydrogen cars, electric cars, hybrids and.. oh wait. No. They don’t do this. Otherwise there would be tax-breaks for buyers of these vehicles! Nevermind!)
  • Everyone buying A-grade appliances wouldn’t make a difference in the long run (perhaps very true)
  • The government is in cahoots with the power companies, and other evil entities, and doesn’t want us to buy the eco-friendly stuff! (But who’s in cahoots with the retailers and the manufacturers that don’t make any money from people buying the cheapest appliances available? What about those guys?!)

I’m sure there are reasons for grading appliances. A washing machine graded A probably saves you a few bucks every year in power and water compared to the washing maching graded E. How much? Five inches.

So in the end, I’m left very confused as to what the government wants. They want us to use less power, drive less, use ecological cars, appliances and live our lives in a sane way. But they don’t really give us much incentive to do so. What do they really want, and are they telling us things that are not true, or that are not realistic because that’s what is expected of them? Perhaps. I mean, you can’t have ministers telling us to pollute more, now can you?

More updates

Between thursday evening and sunday evening, we moved to our new home. This was more taxing than I had previously anticipated. Moving is cool, in theory. But once you get down to brass tacks, and notice that no, one full van of stuff doesn’t cut it. Or two.. or almost even three. We had a Ford Transit rented out for one full day, and damn was that thing full for all three trips that we made. Granted, our packing skills are not perhaps as honed as those of a professional mover.. guy, but still. The mini-snowpocalypse that hit on friday did not help. We had snow blocking the driveways, the doorways.. Also, driving an unfamiliar vehicle in that much snow, and having that vehicle be full of stuff, does not make things easier. I managed, and didn’t fuck up the van. Score one for the home team.

So now we have 98 m^2 of space, which is now mostly occupied by boxes. I am as tired as a human being can be.

Visavis the connectivity at home: I was unable to hook up the cable modem in the patch cabinet. There’s no antenna socket there, so the Cisco cable modem is now on my desk in the home office. Not a bad compromise, as every room has antenna wall sockets; so no long cables anywhere. Transfering the connection was as easy as before. Remove modem at old apartment, hook up modem at new apartment. Done. My OpenBSD machine didn’t boot correctly, and I had no screen with a VGA plug handy, so that had to wait until Sunday, when I finally had everything hooked up. Not sure why it didn’t boot correctly. Maybe it just didn’t get an IP because I had misconnected LAN / WAN. I should lable the cards in that machine….

Today and ad nauseum into the future:  Remove stuff from boxes. Find proper place for stuff. Fold up box and place somewhere (we had some carboard Ikea moving-boxes).  I’ll update with pics once I get things sorted out.

Infinite thanks to B. Couldn’t have done it without you.