February 2, 2017 by Jeff Lowen
Way back in 2007, I bought my 3rd Jeep (Seems to be the only car I can fit in!). Yet, at the time I really tried to buy some sort of hybrid. Eight years ago, there weren’t a lot of options for hybrids and still, I almost pulled the trigger. One thing stopped me. Since then, I’ve considered looking at some of the newer options for hybrids, even the all-electric cars. One thing continues to stop me. No one can tell me whether the burning of fossil fuels is worse for the environment than the off-gassing of lithium-ion batteries in hybrids.
Obviously, we’re still the infancy stage here, and there’s not enough study to answer that question. Heck, we’ve been burning oil for years and there’s still heated debate about global warming’s effects. And that’s just our affection for automobiles. What about our homes? Have you ever considered solar power? Now there’s something that burns the obvious questions – no pun intended. However…
#1. Solar power is free, and a naturally provided energy that although viable, doesn’t provide a lucrative enough industry to warrant the technology to support further advances. That’s a Jeff-ism, btw!
#2. We live in a profit-driven society. Period. Money has become a tool, and a vice as well – that steers our lives toward the advancement of its own growth.
I’m not saying we need to change it as if that would happen in our lifetime. I am saying that “Going Green” has become an industry of big business as well, and has followed suit with rule #2.
Solar panels are cheap, cheap, cheap, yet nobody wants them! Can you blame us? We dismiss the option because the current technology of Solar Energy just doesn’t make sense. Hence, rule #1.
A few things to consider in defense of Solar Energy for our homes is that most homes were not built so that the roof would face optimally to accommodate the panels. Also, the average system, at least in the west, runs about $23,000. Of course, you can lease them, but that’s a lot of savings that would need to happen to pay for them with free energy, again, rule #2. Average household utility bill: $200/mo divided by $23,000 = 10 years. Think long term! Oh, yeah… We’re only staying in our homes 5-7 years, anyway.
Also, with the anticipation of Elon Musk’s Solar Roof Shingles, the usage of solar energy seems to be closer to our grasp.
Whether it’s cars, homes, plastic water bottles, newspapers, clear cutting forests, pollution, carbon footprint, or waste; going green and serious conservation starts with you and me. Yes, more businesses are using it’s platform to do their part, yet it’s still in the spirit of rule #2. So, if we are to change the world for the better – providing we truly believe in a ‘Greener’ approach to using our natural resources, I will defer to a quote about peace from Lao Tzu:
“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
Just replace “Peace” with “Green,” and there you have it! Although, “Peace” wouldn’t be a bad thing either.
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