Finding a ‘why’
If you’ve read any self-help, business or leadership books, you’ll be familiar with motivation. Life coaches might call it ‘finding a why‘, another quote that springs to mind is:
If there’s a big enough why, you’ll endure any how.
Switch a ‘big’ for ‘strong’, ‘endure’ for ‘find’, and well, you get the idea. Each leader or guru will have something similar to tell you. When you think about it, doesn’t this logic relate to most positive choices in life? If the ‘why’ is important to you, then many other details are irrelevant.
This concept also applies to consumer purchases and lifestyle choices.
Reasons to install a home wind turbine
Possible reason 1: You’ve had enough of air pollution and want everyone to know it.
Possible reason 2: There’s nothing like being the change that you want to see in the world.
Possible reason 3: The electricity generated ends up being cheaper than your regular supplier.
How many of us have family and friends that suffer from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer or any other illnesses directly linked to pollution? We’ve all seen the reports of smog in Beijing, and projections of global warming. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such a big problem.
Do you ever feel that you want to do something positive for the future? Wind turbines are probably going to work out more expensive than grid electricity. If you live in a really windy place, this might not be the case. The chances are that the cost of the turbine and tower will work out higher than not having one.
Realise that the electricity companies do not pay hospital bills or compensation to the people affected by air pollution. These negative externalities are borne by society and the victims of health issues. If all costs got added to the price of traditional energy, it would be much more expensive.
It’s not just about the price tag
Can you afford to pay a little bit more for your electricity? Knowing that you’re doing something towards a greener, cleaner, healthier future? Would you like to set a positive example to everyone in your area, showing that we can all do something about the worst human-made problems?
Opponents of alternative energy often cite the expensive cost. Globally, coal-fired generation plants produce electricity more cheaply than solar, tidal or wind power. We know this. How much more money would we spend per unit for cleaner air? Less carbon pumped into the atmosphere?
When you purchase products and services, do you always buy the cheapest? Most people in the world are forced to buy the most affordable things. Paying more on a child’s education, or medical bills can take food off the table. How about you and your family? If you’re fortunate enough to be able to choose quality food to put on the table, well fitting comfortable footwear, perhaps even a family holiday every year, then you probably do not buy the cheapest things.
What price do we put on global warming? Air pollution? Environmental degradation? A wind turbine might save you money on your electricity bill, but what if it doesn’t? Is the price per unit the most important thing? More important than clean air and reversing environmental degradation?
This page is just a blog post, food for thought if you like. Here at Good Hue Wind Truth, we agree that wind power is often not the cheapest option. We also know that the chances are that you do not choose the cheapest options for your families future either.
Thanks for reading!