Log in

No account? Create an account
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]

[ website | Beware the Jabberwock... ]
[ deviantArt | the-boggyb ]
[ FanFiction | Torkell ]
[ Tumblr | torkellr ]

[Random links| BBC news | Vulture Central | Slashdot | Dangerous Prototypes | LWN | Raspberry Pi]
[Fellow blogs| a Half Empty Glass | the Broken Cube | The Music Jungle | Please remove your feet | A letter from home]
[Other haunts| Un4seen Developments | Jazz 2 Online | EmuTalk.net | Feng's shui]

The engin' cannae take it no mor' cap'n! [Thursday 13th November 2008 at 8:34 pm]

[Tags|, , ]
[Feeling |curiouscurious]
[Playing |Temple of the Seers ~ Chris Bouchard/Star Wars Revelations Soundtra]

Pop quiz: at what time, in the UK, do you think the biggest regular surge in power occurs?

Surely it's everyone starting to cook supper at 7pm or so?

Aircon in offices starting as people get into work at 9ish?

Sunset, as everyone turns their lights on?

Think about it for a moment, and try to come up with your own answer before following the cut.

The Answer
Nope. None of those. The biggest regular demand surge, by far, occurs at the end of EastEnders, when most of the nation puts the kettle on for a cup of tea. Seriously. It's even used for calculating TV ratings.

Other events can cause an even bigger demand. Football matches are worth over 2GW at the end, while the solar eclipse was worth about 3 GW.

To put that in perspective, a good kettle will draw about 3kW of power. That's equivalent to a million kettles, all boiling at the same time.

I've not heard of this happening anywhere else - it seems to be a uniquely British combination of soap operas, electric kettles, and tea.
Link | Previous Entry | Share | Flag | Next Entry[ 5 pennies | Penny for your thoughts? ]

[User Picture]From: kires
Thursday 13th November 2008 at 9:22 pm (UTC)
I was all set to guess that it would be the morning, when the 'lectric motors in factories all spool up at once, but that's actually a much cooler answer.

The only similar happening from the states I can think of is the "great flush". Immediately after the end of the last episode of MASH, city sewer systems around the country were overloaded, and in some cases damnaged by millions of people going to the bathroom at once, all across the country, having been holding it because they didn't want to miss the last bit of the last show.
(Reply) (Thread)