Originally Posted by g1g
Is there anything or more so, what are the best things that we can purchase that will actually save us money?
example replace a real dirty air filter we will get better MPG but how far will we have to go to see the savings or LED lighting will use less electric therefore we can get by running generators less but they cost big bucks (for lights) it will take forever to break even if you ever do. On the LED for the brick & stick home I calculated it would take me about 22 years or more to break even compared to CFLs, at the present rate of electric, due their high cost.
So in short where is it that we would really see a savings or have the smallest payback time?
A little irony, if I may.
I can't speak for every jurisdiction when it comes to cost of electricity versus other forms of energy, but as far as my province goes, the current left leaning government has been preaching "going green" forever it seems, and have given us some financial incentives, as well some dire warnings that have suggested if we don't cut our use of electricity, particularly during the summer months, the grid will collapse and we'll all suffer. So, good little sheep that we are, we all go out of our way to reduce electric power use, and low and behold the grid is saved, and we all live happily ever after, right? Not exactly. It seems the unintended consequence of our exceptional energy saving progress has resulted in financial shortfalls for the more or less hybrid government run electric companies, and so they apply to themselves to allow themselves to raise the rates on us, to offset their losses due to reduced consumption, which affects their bottom lines and so on.
Is there a lesson here somewhere?