Use of expensive air conditioning on the rise
An increase in the power provision is clearly reflected now with the number of shops selling expensive air conditioners on the rise, as people leave the use of the trusted ventilators for the more high-tech air conditioning systems.
The Kirkuk Electricity Directorate is currently providing nearly 22 hours of electricity to people, as it has subsequently led to a rise in air conditioner use.
Sozan Rashid, a worker, was searching for her favorite air conditioner and said that “The air conditioner is nicer and cooler. Electricity has improved, why not buy it?” Some people do not want their traditional coolers, as air conditioners are easier to use.
The buyers of air conditioners have risen in the past two months compared to the past. Shop keepers say they currently sell three times more than normal.
Kirkuk electricity has risen from 300 megawatts to 450, as some days 24 hour per day is given to people. The rise is an incentive for people to buy air conditioners.
Sarwar As’ad, a resident of Shorija said, “Now we can get the benefit from electricity and change from coolers to air conditioners.” He added, “Due to a shortage of water, using ventilators was hard in some parts of Kirkuk, and that’s why I bought an air conditioner.”
Star Abdulla says most of the people ask for air conditioners with the brand General, Samsung and Konka, as they are famous for requiring more power for use, “I sell 20 to 35 air conditioners on the daily basis.”
Engineer Ali Raouf, director of the Electricity Distribution of South of Kirkuk said the increase in public power makes people use air conditioners more than is needed. The power lines are under a huge pressure, as the officials urge people to cooperate in order to improve electricity.
Engineer Raouf said, “Sometimes electricity cuts off somewhere, it’s not the issue of power provision but the volts were not enough. People should cooperate with the power provision.”
“We’ll do some legal procedures if we see waste in using power,” Raouf said.
In the history of Kirkuk, electricity provisions were improved to the levels they are today, as was the case in the years1980 to 1990, when there also was a production of 20 hours per day.
Experts expect a shortage in using electricity if a limit is not imposed on air conditioners.
Barham Muhamad, an electrical engineer said, “The Electricity Distribution Network has shortages and is questioning the overuse of power through their teams.”
Shalaw Muhamad – Kirkuk Now