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Storm teaches a lesson: all-electric houses are a disaster

Storm teaches a lesson: all-electric houses are a disaster

The recent snowstorm has caused unnecessary suffering from cold houses.

Government's new Clean Heat policy pays householders $800 to remove older wood burners in polluted airsheds.

Grey Power says, "do not remove your wood burner when you install a heat pump!"

Many heat pumps ice up on the outdoor condenser in freezing temperatures. They use extra electricity to thaw out, while putting no heat at all into the home.

On these days, use your wood burner, or even a despised LPG heater. All homes should have emergency heating available.

A warm house is more important to people's health than the complete avoidance of occasional smoky atmosphere.

Grey Power calls on Government to change its Clean Heat policy. Government should recommend that householders using heat pumps should keep their alternative heating devices to use if their condenser freezes up, or in emergencies.

All-electric houses are a disaster when the power is off.

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