Climate change is no joke. Crisis is approaching in certain areas. The ozone layer is thinning, the Amazon forests are on the wane, the ice caps are melting, fresh water is sparse in some continents, and sustainability is the watchword of the day. As an econ student and environmentalist, I have my ear to the ground. I want to know who attends the international conferences, and what leaders want a role in making a difference. Is this a fly-by-night fad or will we finally come to see the light. Each and every one of us can do our part to make eco-friendly choices. I don’t care if it simply recycling your trash in the back alley, keeping appliances as long as you can (to avoid stacking old ones in an over-stocked landfill). We are such a consumer society and forget that it takes valuable and expensive energy to produce new things. I am sure if you are reading this kind of blog, you have other points for the followers to ponder. And I don’t mean not using paper bags to tote groceries home from the market.
I know that there is a hard core group that wants to protect the environment and monitor climate change in order to head off the inevitable destruction of resources. I don’t want to be there when it happens. Have you ever seen pictures of that tiny, shriveled, dry corn that Native Americans had to eat in a drought? It will scare you to death. I know there are watchdog organizations out there communicating with our government administration. It is not rhetoric. Let’s not wait fifty years and face harsh reality that there is nothing left but desiccated corn.
Let’s recycle, repurpose, sustain, and avoid waste right now today. I have an example for you. I need a new hot water heater. It is a perfect case of the necessity of choosing the most energy-efficient unit. I wouldn’t dream of resurrecting some old tank model that stores gallons of stagnant water. I don’t care if it is on sale. In researching the pros and cons, I find on this web site that the electric tankless water heater is designed to give a household just the amount it needs for average use. It’s a forced way of conservation. By average, I mean that people can stop taking half-hour steaming hot showers every day. Limit yourself to a reasonable amount. Twitter suggests that should be no more than 4 minutes. There is no difference if you are in the gym.
Your energy bills will make you very happy when you see the positive change. The savings, more than 40% of bills for old tank appliances, will pay any additional cost for a new device. Even if your current hot water heater, with the old-style gas pilot, works pretty well, consider replacement as an act of environmental concern. You can choose from many sizes, styles, and prices, and even custom design something ideal for your space. You might even have some room left over for storage shelves.