Stephen Castle has a great article on Electronic House called “Five Reasons to Embrace Energy Efficiency: And none of them have anything to do with the environment”. Increasing electricity costs, energy wasted, convenience, better performance and the cool factor of new efficient electronic devices:
A more energy-efficient lifestyle is coming for us all.
But even if you don’t believe in climate change and the potential effects of global warming, there are compelling reasons to be more energy efficient in your home. And not just with your heating and cooling systems, but with your electricity consumption as well.
There’s no reason not to embrace energy efficient technologies, except because of higher prices. But costs are coming down, and those premiums can often be justified by the energy savings that result.
Energy efficiency is not just for the ‘greenies’ out there. Besides all the reasons that Stephen points out, we’ve heard others from homeowners we’ve been talking to across the country:
- “I’m tired of sending all that money overseas to pay for foreign oil.”
- “My house is drafty and on cold days, my furnace can’t keep up. I want to figure out where I’m losing hot air.”
- “I’m spending $500/month in air conditioning my second home and I’m not even there most of the time. It’s crazy.”
These are not environmentalists. They’re homeowners who are cold, tired and trying to cut unnecessary expenses.