Comment 26546

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted September 12, 2008 at 14:23:31

There are feel-good green changes, and real ones. It isn't the amount of energy saved that distinguishes them, but connections.

CFL's are feel-good, but just an engineering tradeoff. Usually worth doing, but not without problems.

Real changes, like not having a clothes dryer have long reaching positive consequences and get you thinking about related issues. Like, extra space in the house. Clothes hanging on the line as art. Or they smell fresher and last longer. Or, I'd love to do that but can't because somebody has their fireplace smoking up the neighbourhood on a nice warm day.

We need way more of the real changes. They will all be grassroots, because the marketplace is heavily biased towards feel-good green tech.

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