There’s a lot to worry about these days (when isn’t there?). The globe is warming thanks to carbon and other emissions, our lake levels are low leading to potential power shortages this winter, species are going extinct and pollution is rampant.
It seems fairly obvious that we all need to ‘reduce, recycle and re-use’ as the old slogan more or less said.
Reducing our power requirements also has the added benefit of saving money.
My attention was caught today by this news item attributed to a ‘coalition of major businesses’:
The Major Electricity Users Group says the efficient use of electricity by individuals would go a long way to helping New Zealand businesses.
It says if everyone made small reductions to their power use, it would help reduce spot prices for industry and lower the odds of blackouts this winter.
Spokesperson Ralph Matthes says people at home and working in small businesses can help contain spot prices by simply turning off lights as they leave a room.
That’s cool; I agree, and certainly don’t object to the notion that we can all help ourselves and the planet by unplugging appliances we’re not using, turning off lights we don’t need, switching bulbs to more energy efficient varieties.
But do you know what annoys me? It’s seeing office buildings, shops and businesses with lights blazing through the night. It’s walking in to overheated and over-lit offices and shops. It’s all the waste inherent in manufacturing, transporting and promoting shoddy knick-knacks and junk goods of the kind that we just don’t need, that just don’t enhance our lives.
I’m not promoting miserable, spartan lives (or maybe I am 🙂 ), but our society is constantly pushing us to purchase more and more ‘stuff’.
We humble householders can save a few measly watts here and there, but I’d like to see the manufacturers and businesses also doing their bit to reduce our overall draw on the planet’s resources.