The green liberals are all BS! Anyone that is green for the sake of being green is just stupid. That said, I have a solar PV electric plant on my roof, drive two Prius, have an Infinity HVAC system and added 20" of blown fiberglass into my attic - but I am not green. I did these things all based on economics.
The solar plant (thanks to rebates and SRECs) paid for itself in under four years and now kicks off about $9,000 to me a year. The two Prius are 2002 and I bought thm in 2005 and 2006 when gas was cheap and nobody wanted them. The Infinity was added a year ago when the state, the feds, the contractor, and Carrier all subsidized it, and the insulation was done for my comfort.
Your welcome for all the stuff we've bought you!!!
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.
i ride a buggy drawn by horse use a hand crank vacuum pump run old refrigerant through sediment filter and reuse dont have lights in my house or plumbing thats how green i am NOT i forgot i capture old refrigerant in large ziploc bag with hole in bottom
"going green" means you empty your wallet of Money.
I have a cabin in the Adirondacks that is "Green" sort of.
The Cabin is completely off grid.
I get power from a 1964 single cylinder Lister 4000w Diesel generator (heats a 40 gallon hot water heater and charge batteries and runs for about 4 hours on a half a gallon of deisel) 75watts of solar panels that charge the batteries. The batteries are two 6v golf cart batteries in series that puts out 12v. The batteries run the house through a 1500w inverter. They also run the 12v water pump and the 12v Macerator pump. The refrigerator is a 1954(est) Servel Propane. The stove is also propane.
I wanted to take my home off grid, with Grid tie in. estimated cost of going solar........drum roll, $70,000.....not real cost effective with a ROI of about 40 years
So as you can see going green is kinda waste of time and money.
Even with a Hybrid system of Wind and Solar, it's stupid expensive to "go green"
You guys are sure right about how expensive some of the alternatives are, especially the solar stuff. Only rich folks could afford a lot of that stuff. And with decades long paybacks, even if you were still alive, it would be in the junkyard way before then.
I'm green when it affects the green in my wallet. I'm on my second CNG car (first was a 97 Crown Vic, this is a bi-fuel 2000 Expedition). Do i drive CNG cars for the environment? Hell no... I drive them because CNG costs $1.33/gallon equivalent.
Wife drives a turbo diesel jetta... is it because it burns clean? No. it gets over 40mpg.. saving money.
Replaced my home water heater with an ultra efficient gas tankless... did I do it to conserve? no way - now it just means I can take showers 4 times as long, using 4 times the water...
Have proposed, drawn up, and contracted out/installed numerous energy efficiency upgrades at the hospital i work at... was any of it to save the environment? no, it was all to save on the millions of dollars we spend on gas and electricity...