Here’s a little something for you to read this morning:
“A new report says the country is brimming with opportunities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while saving money at the same time.”
From the article:
“The report said the country was brimming with “negative cost opportunities” — potential changes in the lighting, heating and cooling of buildings, for example, that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels even as they save money. “These types of savings have been around for 20 years,” said Jack Stephenson, a director of the study. But he said they still face tremendous barriers.
Among them is that equipment is often paid for by a landlord or a builder and chosen for its low initial cost. The cost of electricity or other fuels to operate the equipment is borne by a tenant or home buyer. That means the landlord or builder has no incentive to spend more upfront for efficient equipment, even though doing so would save a lot of money in the long run.
Another problem, the report said, is that consumers often pay no attention to energy use in choosing gear. Computers, for instance, can be manufactured to use less power, but with most users oblivious to energy efficiency when they are shopping for a computer, manufacturers perceive no competitive edge in spending the extra money on efficiency.
“What the report calls out is the fact that the potential is so substantial for energy efficiency,” said Ken Ostrowski, a leader of the report team. “Not that we will do it, but the potential is just staggering here in the U.S. There is a lot of inertia, and a lot of barriers.””
I know we’ve had to scrounge around to find money to do a formal energy audit here at the Cathedral. But we found it. Because we believe just what the report is saying. That there are simple ways for us to reduce our energy use, save money and help the environment. All at the same time.
And the money savings are going to increase at the same rate the energy costs increase.
I pushed for the same thing to be done at my former parish. We spent about $25,000 fixing the heating system and controllers five years ago. The net effect was to save us almost $10,000/year in heating costs. We started making that money back in the third year. And the congregation has less to worry about now that heating oil prices are threatening to spike once again.
The problem here in Arizona is cooling rather than heating, but the same principles hold true. And we’re getting ready to do what needs to be done.
Read the rest here.