Climate change is a reality that is having a significant economic impact. I am tired of all the sceptics out there who continue to waste energy thinking that the problem will somehow miraculously remedy itself. They are the ones who bury their heads in the sand because it is too painful to do otherwise and come face to face with a real world crisis in the making. They can’t imagine how using aerosol sprays creates holes in the ozone layer or why we should keep our AC units at high temperatures in the summer and low ones in the winter. In other words, we aren’t supposed to run them at all. They never recycle and scoff at those who do. Energy conscious are foreign words. They don’t buy recycled anything.
I hope they are reading along with the rest of you today. I have a few words to say about how much our modern appliances use in the way of energy and why science should dedicate itself less to better cell phones that can replace a laptop and more to machines and gadgets that run efficiently. I know we have marvelous electric cars, but it takes hours to charge them. There is much to work on although we have made a good start. Energy Star appliances are a case in point.
I am ranting and raving in this blog because I just attended a party at a neighbor’s house and noticed an energy sapping enormous kegerator housed on his ample patio. “Oh, it’s the best in the business,” my naïve neighbor exclaimed. “It is state of the art with three faucets so I can draw several kinds of homemade beer. What is your pleasure?”
I get it. He loves brew and likes to share his prize with others. On beautiful summer nights, we gather in his vast yard for a barbecue and swim party, the best way I know to save energy when cooking food. That’s not why he does it. It is the American way. The kegerator is just an extension of the same mindset and I have to admit that his special lager goes well with grilled chicken. So I have mixed feelings about the kegerator and bemoan its energy usage just as I am drinking a huge stein of ale. I also swim in his heated pool (talk about waste) as I contemplate the state of the world and the conservation of resources.
I don’t say a word, but when he offers to help me select the best outdoor kegerator of my own, I politely refuse. It would be rude to put down the very thing that he admires. It has helped expand his social circle and is the source of many new beer-chugging friends. Who doesn’t like a person who loves to entertain and is so generous at heart? Why can’t we just buy some beer at the liquor store and chill it in the cooler? I know it is antiquated, but it works!