Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 100,000 views.
You can choose not to believe in the hype of climate change and yet still be for a green environment. The two are not mutually exclusive. As a skeptic for years, I also believe in a clean environment and I want to have clean water and clean air and reduced noise pollution. I am also big into efficiency. If I can achieve the same results with less energy usage, that is a great plus.
Here Are a Few Ideas...
Over the years, I have always followed new technologies such as solar lighting and LED lights. Last year, I decided to change most of my house's electric bulbs to LED bulbs. This has reduced my total electricity usage by about 30%.
I have reached out to my church and hope to help them convert their light system to LEDs. It is a simple and economical way to save energy.
I also added a solar lamp by the end of my driveway. This unit is powered by the sun during the day and the built-in sensor turns on the lamp after dusk. The stored power is enough to light the lamp till daybreak. When the days are cloudy or overcast, the lamp will not perform so well.
I came across this product a few years ago. It is called the Luci and it is a solar powered-lamp that is great for camping and all occasions. I actually use it as a night light by my bed. This way, when I get up in the middle of the night, I won't be groping in the dark. I also use it on my walks after dark. It is a safety feature. It is lighter than most flashlights and lights up a large area. It is bright enough to read by. A full charge will last about seven hours of use.
Home Electricity Savings...
The most power-hungry appliance in your house is the refrigerator and the next hungriest one is the air conditioner. It is a good idea to check the EER rating when buying an electrical appliance. I recently replaced a room air conditioner with one that has an EER of 11.8. Even though the initial purchase price may be a little higher, you will save much more over the life of owning that appliance. The same goes with refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and washer/dryers.
Just learned that Con Edison is giving me a $30 rebate for replacing my air conditioner unit.
My Recent Utility Bill Compared to My Neighbors
A few years ago, I started a campaign to promote the use of GPS in all automobiles. I called it "go green with GPS" campaign. The idea is simple. A GPS can save a lot of driving and thereby reduce our gasoline usage. Here is another case of technology helping humans. This technology came to fruition through innovation and ingenuity. There were no tax incentives from our government. The private sector saw an opportunity to improve our lives. They created a new product that is reasonably priced. Drivers quickly saw the advantage of stress-free navigating in a new unfamiliar city. It is a win-win situation.
There is no downside to going green. Protecting and preserving our environment is everyone's responsibility. Doing some common sense ideas is beneficial for all.
© 2017 Jack Lee
Doc Snow from Camden, South Carolina on July 10, 2017:
Excellent points all, Jack. Thanks for sharing.
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on July 08, 2017:
I just posted my latest statement from Con Edison, my local electricity company supplier. My electric usage is 17% below my most efficient neighbors. I attibute this to the fact we are only two people, empty nesters, I converted to all LED lighting and I recently replaced an old room Air Conditioner with a more efficent model.