Green Deeds: Defining Energy Efficiency
A Green Theme Definition is Needed for Energy Efficiency
The massive organization that my husband works for requires him to serve on a committee dedicated to promoting green theme cooperation between departments and among individual employees.
Ranging from those who suck in whatever they are fed to those who are willing to pitch the baby with the bathwater to those mature enough to rationally consider the topics with a willingness to question the party line, he and his co-workers are hand-picked from various divisions--and they are all wondering about energy definitions.
Our household has dubbed these meetings “Dad’s green meets” and the stories that come out of them can be quite humorous, partly because of my husband’s incredulity at the fact that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. There are times that all he can do is shake his head at the lack of common sense being displayed.
Insight into the different personalities that these green meetings bring together can be interesting. As he watches the telling expressions in his fellow employees eyes it’s obvious that the self-absorbed leader considers herself a trendsetter and is oblivious to the resignation other employees muster for that hour of green deed instruction.
What Defines Energy Efficiency? Who Gets to Decide?
The meetings are tedious. My husband's grasp of how cutbacks have burdened many of the committee members with heavy workloads explains their attitudes as well as why he sits close to the exit doors.
His knowledge of an expansion that is being hazarded because the needed resources are diminishing explains both the frustration with the time and money spent on the green meets and the reason my husband wonders how long this will go on.
This company’s green czar reflects the general attitude of top leaders in the green movement. She speaks as if no one else could possibly be aware of the so-called information that she spews and, no matter how blazingly fatuous, she is confident that its accuracy increases with her rabidity.
Define Energy Efficiency And Balance The Risks
She is willing to sensationalize her especial information but she can display a knack for moderating her presentations as an effort to appeal to the more sensible in her grip. Making it clear that she would bully the committee into silence by increasing the length of the meetings, she isn’t one whit worried that she looks like she is trying to justify her job.
Not realizing the difference between real people with real jobs who are seasoned by life experiences that taught them to look before they leap and the college students her team interacts with, she rambles on. Untaught, inexperienced, idealogical, and eager for anything that sounds innovative to their itching ears the youngest eat up her impossible-to-prove points no matter how irrational they may be.
Anyone who questions her positions can expect to be subtly mocked in a way that leaves them feeling almost threatened (but that’s for another hub). In work-life time the knowledgeable and experienced attend the meetings, keep their composure, and take the abuse to keep their jobs.
Yet, in their personal environments they do their research and consider all the ramifications before making a green star purchase based on a declaration that an item is energy efficient, durable, or recyclable. In other words, they look at the whole picture.
Think About Defining Energy Efficiency
Consider, for example, appliances that are promoted by green theme advocates.
Smart shoppers might find reports that various units are reliable, efficiently built and built for efficiency, only to discover that when a problem develops customer service is not good in any language, service personnel are an endangered resource, and rare parts are difficult to obtain.
One has to ask whether the main goal behind the label “energy efficient” is to get some people to hang their laundry out to dry before they go to work in the mornings.
The delays that may have to be endured just to communicate a problem to let’s say, um, Korea, finding out whether parts are going to be available in the U.S., and coping with the cost of foreign parts should give consumers pause for thought.
Considering issues about whether shipping the thing across the world is worth the energy utilized and scrutinizing whether contaminates are created by such shipments causes a responsible shopper to rethink just what going green means.
Another question that screams to be asked is whether the sustainability factor behind such situations might actually be more about keeping companies in business than promoting energy efficient consumer goods?
Careful thought about real life helps clarify the need to define green. It seems like a no-brainer that people will burn down more houses with candlelight if we are forced to stop using incandescents in home light fixtures fitted with dimmers for romance with a safety factor.
It may be that when people realize that CFLs will not dim might they simply use more batteries for flickering ambiance, and if so, how does that define green?
Businesses have found that industrial fluorescents such as T-5 and T-8 do not work well in cold locations. If your brow is not now furrowed over the curiousness of using poor lighting in industrial settings, think safety in warehouses, workshops, parks, entertainment centers, medical facilities, and streets.
We need a novel motto regarding energy efficient lighting. How about, “Think, people, think!”
Going Green? Define Energy Efficiency Please!
While no one argues with the basic concept of recycling, some have noted that the amount of energy used to recycle a cazillion plus water bottles each summer is counter-productive.
A few such questions are being asked and addressed, but other questions leave the thinking person wondering about the costs and consequences of much that is being prized and awarded in the green scene as energy efficient.
And don't you just wonder if China’s Haz-Mat procedures are protecting their people who are producing the little buggars? Then again, some are just asking if maybe it’s really true that, indeed, going green is a concept in need of an actual definition.