Costs associated with energy conservation…and savings

Last updated on March 10th, 2024 at 03:40 pm

Energy conservation is not ‘free’ – even if your actions don’t directly cost any money. There is an investment of time and effort, in addition to money (in some cases) that needs to be examined.

For example, energy conservation practices can be measured in terms of effort. It takes very little effort to turn a light off when you leave a room, and it happens to be effective. Strategically planting shrubbery or trees that will help clean the air and protect your residence from harsh winds and energy leaks is more of an effort. It involves research, planning, manual labor, and money to actually buy the plants necessary to do the job effectively.

Both are viable and recommended. One, as you can see, is far easier than the other one.

Energy conservation isn’t always the cheapest option either. Consider that (nearly) everyone wants to conserve energy. Why don’t we then? Because energy efficient appliances, energy efficient products and many energy efficient practices cost money. If your goal is to save money on your energy bills, why would anyone in their right saving mind elect to spend more on their energy costs in order to conserve energy?

Well, keep in mind that the higher costs of energy conservation is usually a one time charge. You’ll only take the monetary hit once for that energy efficient air conditioner and build the savings over time. Eventually, you will break even and conserve energy throughout.

Throughout these articles, you will see that there is an inherent cost, and thus decision, for every tip or repair. It is up to you to determine if you need the repair.

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