I often hear that people are forced to steal energy because of its exorbitant high cost. Say, whether it is in the USSR, where it cost a penny and was available to everyone. I am ready to argue with this and show that it has not risen in price even now. And even cheaper
For a year now, major changes have taken place in the field of energy supply. Since last summer, consumers do not have to worry about buying an electric meter, or about replacing or checking it. From now on, it is the concern of the power engineers themselves. Whether we like it or not, electricians will set their own meter. And not where we like, but where they see fit. This is the law.
I already wrote about this. About this and the fact that dissatisfaction with the installation of "smart meters" on poles is often caused not by what they "think is wrong", but by the fact that such an installation deprives the consumer of the possibility of "uncontrolled consumption".
So, it is politely called banal theft. Power engineers claim that losses from such "consumption" reach 50%. It turns out that half of the electricity is banally plundered.
Readers said that after installing new meters, neighbors urgently import fuel, and smoke begins to flow from the chimneys of their houses. Which has not been observed before. It's easy to guess the reasons.
Once I happened to overhear a conversation when one of the villagers was telling the other that "to save gas we turn on electric heaters". Interesting savings right? Considering the difference in the cost of electricity and gas, this is possible only with "free electricity".
In the comments, "principled opponents of accounting" often appear, reflecting on "stolen subsoil" and believing that, from a moral point of view, there should be no complaints about the theft of energy. Say, this is not theft, but "restoration of justice." Is the slogan "plunder the loot" back in force?
I am not ready to break spears on this matter. In the modern constitution of Russia, there really is not a word about public ownership of the subsoil, which I think is wrong.
Others say the thefts are caused by the exorbitant cost per kilowatt hour. Say, people are "forced to steal", as they are not able to pull huge payments "for light". At the same time, they refer to the experience of the Soviet Union, where electricity for the population cost a penny.
And here I can specifically object: the USSR, where a kilowatt hour cost 4 kopecksTheft of electricity flourished. And you don't have to argue. All kinds of "bugs" for deceiving the meter and "winding transformers" were used everywhere.
The author is personally aware of an apartment building in which in half of the apartments the wiring diagram was changed so that using a heating battery, if desired, the metering could be completely turned off.
The author undertakes to argue that since the days of the memorable union, the cost of electricity for the population has not only not increased, but even fell. Don't believe me?
Nobody remembers how much, say, a young specialist earned after graduation? The starting salary of a young engineer was 120 rubles. For example, the salary of a cleaner at the school where the author studied was 90 rubles.
So let's take 100 rubles as an example of a small salary of those times. Our "poor engineer" could buy 2500 kWh with his salary.
Now let's calculate what salary you need to receive to buy the same amount of electricity in modern Russia.
This is a difficult question, since the price of electricity in different regions is very different. I propose to accept the average figure - 5 rubles per kWh. In this case, it turns out that to buy 2500 kWh, you will need to spend only 12,500 rubles. Let's face it - the figure of the imagination is not amazing.
It turns out that if we recalculate the cost of electricity, Soviet salary of 100 rubles corresponds to the current 12,500. Real salaries are still higher, which means that the relative the price of electricity has decreased. This is surprising, but true.
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