I hear all the hype, when I allow it to come in, about sustainable energy and how we should all “go green” to save the planet. I hear people in high places talking about how important it is and that if we don’t switch over, we are doomed, DOOMED, I SAY!
But I have to wonder, upon further pondering of the subject, can they really MEAN what they’re spewing? I mean, have you really thought about what switching over to green energy actually means? Oh, now don’t get me wrong, I personally think it’s a great idea. I have personally been there, done that, and would go right back in a New York minute! Let me share a bit about why I think so…
My family lived off the grid for several months. We ran battery packs charged by a generator because we hadn’t gotten our solar panels yet and only actually ran the generator for a maximum of about three hours a day. Mainly because we were running power tools, building on our home and sometimes ran a vacuum – things you can’t do from strictly battery packs or they will lose their charge in a matter of minutes.
We also got rid of our microwave and incandescent light bulbs. For those of you that might not know, those are some of the biggest energy-zappers in existence right now. Once we came back to the grid (only because we HAD to – another story for another day), I refused to bring those two things back into our lives and you wouldn’t think it, but since then, our electric bills have been far less than they ever were at any time in history! I’m a firm believer in the fact that it’s the “little things”…
The money we saved those several months was exponential, to us. Believe me, you start feeling it when you’re saving upwards of $200 per month!
Anyway, as I was saying, I was thinking about what it would mean if we all switched over to renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. That alone, if done on a large enough scale, would put our electric companies and co-ops out of business.
I remember a few years ago, there was huge move in our local area to “go green” for Earth Day. The Facebook movement quickly gained a following, of course, and many, many people decided YES, they would use no electricity all day on Earth Day. And it was, for what it was suppose to be, successful. Until the next month…
Our local electric company sent out a letter stating, basically, that they had lost so much revenue during that time that there was a need of a price increase on their rates, and so we all wound up paying for that day, and then some. As far as I know, that increase was never taken off once they made their revenue back.
So, one has to wonder if they’re just talking out the corner’s of their mouths or if they really want to see that switch. That turning point where we save the planet and put hundred and hundreds of people out of work. I mean, maybe they could be displaced into factories with jobs where the means of that sustainable energy are made, such as solar panels, the wiring and frames needed to support them, the batteries that store the charge, the wind turbines (which, by the way, are amazing to see built! they are massive!), and so on and so forth.
Then again, you have the fact that these solar panels – if cared for properly – last many, many years, so the demand for them wouldn’t be as high once everyone got on board. The same situation goes for the wind power; we would need to have them made, but they last a long time. And let’s not even talk about the space needed for those babies!
So, I don’t know. While I am completely on board with renewable energy and would love to get back to that lifestyle more than anything right now, I do have that worry in the back of my mind about what it will mean for some people. As we all know, every action has an equal and opposite REaction, but are we really thinking about that? Is anybody really thinking of that? What would or will it do to our economy? I honestly don’t have answers to that…it’s just something to think about.
As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day! And leave any comments you might have yourself on this situation. I would be very interested to hear them.