Monday, July 25, 2011
Our humble little home still had a couple major concerns that needed to be addressed, and thanks to the Mass Save program, they have been! These issues had major energy efficiency implications, which is essentially the mission of this program. It is government programs like these that make conservative arguments against government seem particularly ridiculous. This program nudges consumers to do the right thing and the benefits of doing this are spread across those consumers and society as a whole. Heating and cooling will of course be reduced, but so will reliance on foreign energy sources and all the environmental externalities created by ineeficient and unnecessary energy use. The benefits to society are miniscule individually, but collectively can make a large impact. Also, capitalists can rejoice because consumers who save money in the long run on energy will have more money to spend on ipads and chevrolets and other consumer products that fuel our economy.
Richard's Heating and Plumbing, who are totally awesome by the way, finished hooking up the new super efficient on demand water heater and changing our stove from propane to natural gas. This means the propane tank can be taken away - we had originally thought that gas could not be run to our house, but the gas company luckily disabused us of this idea.