Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
One thing I've realized that seems to be a trend is the false savings of energy efficient appliances and building materials. Take me for example, I had an 80-year-old, uninsulated house (I did put insulation in the attic) with a furnace that was built in the 50's. That house sucked down the oil in the winter. I just bought a new house last year built with all the latest materials and insulation (6" thick insulated walls) and a state-of-the-art Italian furnace. Should be fuel efficient right? Well the new house is bigger so it takes just as much oil to heat it that the old house did. Same with the appliances, the old house had old appliances, the new house has all new energy efficient appliance but there are more of them so electric consumption is the same.
So I have not reduced my energy consumption but I have improved my lifestyle without increasing my energy consumption so I guess that is a fair trade off. But we still see the trend of people "upgrading" to more efficient stuff but accumulating more of them. From what I've seen our energy consumption will not go down no matter what we do.
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