An article I wrote years ago remains as relevant today as when I wrote it. The subject delved into how candidates shy away from the dreaded "C" word, conserve! It pointed out how the Presidential candidates at the time did not even bother to mention pursuing an innovative initiative to conserve our resources. The reason for pointing this out is rooted in a very ugly weather forecast through the 20th of February. The current weather models suggest a polar vortex will continue pouring Arctic air into much of the central US which has caused natural gas prices to soar along with electricity demand. The sad fact is many Americans will respond by cranking up their thermostats while they watch Netflix shows or use energy to mine Bitcoin.
|His Thermostat At Home Is Set At?|
Because of my business, over the last several years I have had reason to enter many large buildings and offices in the evenings or during weekends. Amazingly, on cold winters nights, weekends, and over holidays thermostats on many of these buildings are not set-back and these buildings are a toasty seventy degrees. Yes all over America we heat empty buildings as though they are occupied. Also, a fair number of computers and lights are often left on long after everyone is gone for the day, it seems many people don't care enough to make the slightest effort to turn down the heat or turn off a light.
This is an awareness and an attitude problem and, without a gentle nudge to conserve, Americans will continue to damage the environment and add to climate change. Generally, Americans are a spoiled breed. The fact is a lot of energy could be saved at little or no cost. For example, it seems almost absurd that some Americans think the thermostat should be set at 68 degrees during the summer and 76 degrees during the winter, this is completely backward to what logic would dictate. By simply mandating lower heating and higher cooling settings in government offices and buildings would give the private sector the cover they need to adjust their thermostats accordingly in both offices and stores.
While there are many new and exciting ways to recycle and
cut energy waste it seems public officials are almost afraid to talk about
conservation. It is as if they will offend someone or that big
business and their lobbyist have made this subject taboo. Maybe they just
don't care about America or the planet on which we live. A simple yearly fee on inefficient vehicles paid to the
states when licenses are renewed would accomplish much in getting
Americans to shed their gas guzzlers which would move America to a more
fuel-efficient fleet. Halting the manufacturing of the low-end furnaces
that are still being installed in many new homes, upgrading thermostats,
and phasing out the sale of light fixtures, and appliances that fail to
make good use of our resources are just a few ideas.
|We Should Pay Far More For Dumb Choices|
Solid Waste & Landfill Facts
|The U.S. Is The #1 Trash-Producing Country|
- About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!
- Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.
- The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
It is important to note that regardless of what many people think, innovation does not always involve spending huge sums of money. Innovation often means simply thinking of new ways to get the job done. While it could be argued that cutting back on waste would lower the GDP it would have many positive benefits such as improving our standing in the world community. As we conserve, pollution is reduced, America's economy will be strengthened by reducing the importation of energy, new jobs will be generated by the industries that address these needs, and damage to the climate from global warming lessened. Why are politicians so willing and eager to ask America's sons and daughters to risk life and limbs in foreign wars while unwilling to ask Americans to make such a minor sacrifice?
(Republishing of this article welcomed with reference to Bruce Wilds/AdvancingTime Blog)