Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Ben Kershner
OK, so you recycle. You turn off lights when you leave the room. Maybe you drive a Prius. But WHY? Why are we doing all this? Well here’s what I believe:
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
--Ben Franklin (or not)
Here’s an interesting way to look at efficiency: If you install solar panels, and produce 1 kilowatt (kW) of energy, that’s a kW that the power-plant ISN’T producing. Likewise, if you make your house more energy efficient, that can ALSO be a kW that the power plant isn’t producing – lots of kilowatts, in fact. All these efficient homes are adding up to MEGAwatts of energy NOT spent, and NOT produced at the power-plant. It’s better than producing energy using renewable means – it’s like your home produces “NEGA-watts”, or Negative energy usage. With every small improvement you make, your home produces more and more “nega-watts.”
Now, efficiency can be compared to solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, coal, etc.. Which is best -- efficiency? The answer turns out to be a RESOUNDING “yes!” with NO pollution like coal and oil, NO hazardous waste like nuclear, NO fickle weather problems like wind and solar, NO wildlife habitat concerns as with hydro… Simply USING LESS makes sense. And… it’s the most cost effective by a landslide. Because it saves you money, and therefore pays for itself – in the long run, it’s free.
Energy efficiency done right improves your comfort and health, extends the life of your home, saves the planet and PAYS YOU MONEY!
Sounds like a no-brainer to me.