One can’t turn on the TV, dial up a radio station, or open the daily newspaper without seeing some reference to curtailing the use of energy.
Yesterday, I renewed the contract with my electrical utility company. In doing so, the extent to which the conservation argument is ridiculous became glaringly obvious.
Okay, let’s say you subscribe to the brain-dead notion Al Gore knows what he’s talking about. You turn off the lights when leaving a room, keep the air conditioner thermostat setting at a number just south of intolerable, and do everything within your power to keep the amount of electricity usage in your home at the lowest possible level. According to everyone pushing this novel idea it’s a win-win situation. Save electricity, save money! Right?
I started looking over the different utility provider sites to determine which one offers the best plan. Although each plan varies markedly in the cost per kilowatt hour, there is a common theme in every plan I reviewed – the more electricity used each month, the greater the savings. That’s right boys and girls, the battlecry to save energy is not positively enforced by passing on savings to the consumer. In fact, the opposite is true. For example, in 2012, here is the cost breakdown for different usage patterns in one area of the country:
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Are you kidding me? Where is the incentive to save? Why should I fan myself to keep cool in the throes of summer (all in the interest of saving electricity), while some excessive neighbor down the street is lowering the thermostat, cuddling up with a Snuggie© Blanket to stay warm when watching TV, and paying 4¢ LESS than me, per kilowatt hour, for the privilege to do so!
As I see it, consumers are encouraged to use more electricity, not less. It is, and always will be, about money. Right Al Gore? You bet it is!
Here’s a sampling of the ‘other’ view on energy consumption. psychobabble