Saving Energy = Changing Lives

We’ve all heard  about saving energy, polluting less and being overall more environmentally friendly. It’s like having your parents tell you the same thing over and over again; nag, nag, nag. But for those of us still listening, we know the positive affect on our personal and global environment that making these changes can have. One such positive effect is SAVING MONEY, music to 99.9% of the U.S. population’s ears. For most of us, saving money means freeing up some money to pay a bill, do something special, or just generally be able to afford more things. For others it can mean something most of us take for granted– having a roof over your head. Green Houses for the poor is that place for many people.

No, I do not mean that people are being housed in greenhouses meant for plants. It means that subsidized housing is being made more energy efficient. It sounds costly, but it’s quite the contrary. No fancy or involved technologies are being built into these homes. It is as simple as implementing energy saving techniques in the first place. For example in a tough neighborhood of the South Bronx, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (NY non-profit organization), has built a development called Interval Green Housing. Each apartment is equipped with nothing more than fluorescent light bulbs, energy efficient appliances and well insulated windows. Anyone want to take a guess on how much that saves? When I tried I said about 10%, but it turned out be 30% saved on facilities, almost a third of your utility bill gone.

So, next time someone stops you and tries to demonstrate the benefits of  saving energy:

1.) Don’t avoid eye contact to run away

2.) Listen and take note because it can actually help you and save you some money

3.) Remember that it’s not just about your personal environment, it’s about our environment as a whole and working to create positive change that helps everyone.

 

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