Have we got our priorities right?

I can’t understand a society where people are pleased and proud to own a fancy car that will never pay for itself, and pollutes the planet, but hang their heads in shame if their wind turbine does not pay for itself and make them money. Why not own a wind turbine and be proud of using renewable energy? Why does it have to also pay before it’s a socially acceptable thing to own??

About hugh

I live off-grid in NW Scotland and have spent my life playing with wind turbines. I also love small hydros. Hands on renewable energy is my thing and I like to learn and to share my experiences.
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4 Responses to Have we got our priorities right?

  1. Jan Wolstenholme says:

    People often ask me what the pay back period on my PV system is and I love asking them what the pay back period on their 54″ flat screen TV is and watching their brain seizing up.

  2. Paul Camilli says:

    It saddens me too Hugh that even the ‘greenest’ of people are only interested in their ROI. I see it time and time again on so called ‘green energy’ forums where phrases like ‘the numbers just don’t stack up’ or ‘ I could get four of those from Lidl for the price of one quality one and just throw it away when it’s broken’ 🙁
    Keep up the good work, Paul

  3. ken storer says:

    people are fools
    Living in Canada we have way more than we need
    when i see people paying anywhere from 5 to 800 dollars for hydro
    i shake my head
    I have been off grid for 3 years now am
    nd my solar and wind have payed for them selfs

    • hugh says:

      So what I take from this is that for you it is basically all about the money, and otherwise you don’t care where your power comes from. For me that is a bit sad. For me the money is not really part of why I do it at all. I do it for fun and because it’s a better way to make power. I am not ashamed of being a fool if that’s how it seems to you. I am glad that your solar and wind have paid for themselves, but I’d do it anyway and I do not count the pennies and try to pretend I do it for that reason.

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