It might have taken far too long, but humanity has finally reached an age where we’re taking the green revolution seriously. Though most of the most important changes to save our planet require government intervention on the highest level, we all know that we can’t discount the contributions of the individual. Whether building your first home or looking to create a less wasteful lifestyle, there are many options available, and they can be more wallet-friendly than we might appreciate. Taking a look at some common and less common ideas, we want to explore some simple steps that could add up to an appreciable difference.
Before the 2020s, remote work wasn’t taken especially seriously as a lifestyle. In the last couple of years, this attitude has been challenged, and in more than just employment. When you operate remotely, you remove the need to travel, which cuts down on vehicle emissions. You also mitigate the need or appeal of eating out which, while fun as a treat, can be wasteful if constantly pursued. For those interested, the remote work opportunities apply to a great many industries, but the possibilities don’t stop there.
Just as important to people of all ages is the growth of distance learning for topics like language. In this example, Arabic is an extremely popular language, spoken by over 400 million people, and operating as an official language in over 20 countries. As with changes to remote work, learning something like this online cuts down on emissions, and similarly saves money and gas on eating out.
We’re no stranger to smart technology in homes at this point, but we also know it can be an intimidating form of technology for newcomers to break into. Being so heavily tied to network infrastructure can admittedly give smart technology a bit of a learning curve but stick with it and the financial and convenience advantages become undeniable.
The savings generated by smart technology tend to center on energy costs. Through automation, we eliminate the risk of human error and allow accessibility that older systems alone can’t offer. The biggest savings can be found in heating, which is often a primary contributor to a large monthly power bill. With smart tech, heating systems can turn off automatically when not in use, or be scheduled to only run for set times, and with set conditions. In other words, no more guesswork, no more forgetting to turn systems off, and no more heating rooms that no longer need to be heated.
The rest of our lives are going to be spent adjusting to climate change, that much is now an inevitability. Of the myriad extremely concerning issues that this reality represents, one we can have some degree of control over is how we let it affect our ability to get around. Combustion engines are now being phased out and given rising gas costs, there’s never been a better time to change.
Moving to an electric vehicle means avoiding the ups and downs of gas prices. This effect will be even greater when power grids move further towards reliable renewable power, which should hopefully mean less volatility in the energy market.
Looking directly at the stats, the annual cost of filling a car with gas in the US is just over $1,600 a year. For EVs, this cost is around $750. Factor in the inevitabilities of lowering future costs due to more efficient designs and better technology, and the long-term savings are obvious.
Depending on where you live, solar power could be an investment that pays for itself over the next decade. Like with EVs, there’s an initial investment to be made which will skew things, but looking at the long-term, this technology will eventually become the more cost-effective option. Good quality panels can last at least 25 years, and since they can pay themselves off in eight years, this really is a long-term investment to get behind.
The winds of change are blowing, and with them, we enter a greener new future. Make no mistake, the above technologies are all going to become increasingly standard, so adopting now is often going to be a case of getting ahead of the curve.