Save Money or the Environment?

By: Judie Mackie

Since society is telling me it is not enough to turn off my lights when I leave the room, but now I also have to replace them with those spiral shaped bulbs whenever one burns out, I’ll play along. It seems all of the water cooler talk is about tightening our belts and trying to go green at the same time. How did saving money get attached to a feeling of guilt?

Well, I just stocked up on frozen vegetables and meats that were on sale at the grocery store, but now I am supposed to unplug the extra freezer in the garage. I suppose my next trip to the grocery store will be limited to mass quantities of canned vegetables, dry pastas, SPAM, tuna and Vienna sausages. Our extra refrigerator will likely never be unplugged as it holds all of the cold beverages (beer) we could ever need. But, really, how long will that sparkling cider from last Christmas last anyway?

My husband read about how to make his own environmentally friendly spray bottle of a product that safely cleans every surface in our home. Why they suggested he add a few drops of food coloring is beyond me, because food coloring stains. I wasted more than our share of water and phosphorus loaded soaps just to get the blue stains off of my white counter tops.

We have always grown a small garden of vegetables to share with our neighbors during the summer months, so we are one step ahead of the game there, as soon as I learn to compost my own fertilizer instead of adding more to our water runoff. Oh, and while I am confessing my environmentally friendly sins, will I really go to Hell because I forgot to turn off the sprinkler to the garden and let it run all night long?

Our charity has expanded beyond normal tithing this week as we just learned to save money and energy by making several meals at a time. Now, we have to give it all away to our family, friends, and neighbors because we no longer have the extra freezer to store them in.

So, is it wiser to save money or save the environment? I suppose I should be permitted a rather generous learning curve as I learn to perfect them both.

6 Comments

  1. stix

    It has nothing to do with SAVING the environment. Nothing wrong with conserving energy, protecting wildlife, etc. However – to be made to feel guilty about having an extra freezer by a political point of view that has just as many ‘experts’ in opposition to it’s “we-are-destroying-the-earth-oh-my-god-you-need-to-turn-off-your-lights-and-drive-a-weedeater” mentality that seeks to destroy our advancements as a free society – is just wrong on so many levels. ALL BASED ON A HOAX! Man made global warming is a hoax! In the 1970’s, USA Today – Or Time – or one of the national news magazines like that ran a series of articles about how we were headed into the next ice age. Then it was ozone holes in the 80’s. There was a book in kindergarten…. hmmm… what was it called….Henny Penny? They were trying to teach us back then to not run around saying the ‘sky is falling’ because a rain drop hit us in the head. This has been one of the coldest winters on record. It was 0 degrees in Minnesota just a few days ago. Let me make it clear in case anyone missed it: MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING IS A LIE AND A HOAX!

    Use a compact fluorescent or use a regular bulb – whichever. But keep your damn freezer. And your SUV. Don’t let a political, media driven left wing point of view dictate to you that you should start wiping with only one square!

    I welcome the presentation of contrasting points of view – although they would be wrong.

  2. Ameliaprivateeye

    Your insight is enlightening and “thanks” for letting me know that it is OK to replace the extra freezer in my garage.

  3. ameliaprivateeye (Post author)

    Your insight is enlightening and “thanks” for letting me know that it is OK to replace the extra freezer in my garage.

  4. admin

    I guess it is the question from which point of view are you looking at the “glass is half Empty versus the glass is half Full”. It probably ends up being a 50-50 tie, but there is one factor Stix overlooks and that is that wasting energy is wasting, AT THIS MOMENT, non renewable energy (fossil fuels).

    Global warming or not is not the question we can with any certainty predict, but what we can predict with certainty is that fossil fuels WILL dry up.

    I agree that any Extremist, pro or contra, is still an extremist and as such will never listen to reason (arguments for or against). I guess that is why they are called extremists and normally extremists will clash at some point, being it with words or being it with weapons to instill their “religion”.

    However the “green movement” has a valid argument and that is that at a certain point fossil fuels will run out and we are not planning on anything beyond mere trial to find alternative sources and that to me is a very discomforting idea. So to call Global warming a Hoax because you had a cold winter reminds me of the guy who said that One Swallow in the air Announces Summer… Let’s keep our options open while finding alternative energy sources and yes saving energy will at least give us a bit more time to prepare until the sun sets and billions of people will need candles and sticks to give light.

    Oh Shit, nowadays most candles are made from an oil derivative… and sticks will cut down trees. No, let’s not count on that being an option…. Wind, Water, Sun, thermal energy anyone?

    In closing I would say, don’t give it a name since the name is not important, but let us find alternative energy sources because we will need them and if they are non-pollutive than everyone walks away being a winner, right?

  5. admin

    I guess it is the question from which point of view are you looking at the “glass is half Empty versus the glass is half Full”. It probably ends up being a 50-50 tie, but there is one factor Stix overlooks and that is that wasting energy is wasting, AT THIS MOMENT, non renewable energy (fossil fuels).

    Global warming or not is not the question we can with any certainty predict, but what we can predict with certainty is that fossil fuels WILL dry up.

    I agree that any Extremist, pro or contra, is still an extremist and as such will never listen to reason (arguments for or against). I guess that is why they are called extremists and normally extremists will clash at some point, being it with words or being it with weapons to instill their “religion”.

    However the “green movement” has a valid argument and that is that at a certain point fossil fuels will run out and we are not planning on anything beyond mere trial to find alternative sources and that to me is a very discomforting idea. So to call Global warming a Hoax because you had a cold winter reminds me of the guy who said that One Swallow in the air Announces Summer… Let’s keep our options open while finding alternative energy sources and yes saving energy will at least give us a bit more time to prepare until the sun sets and billions of people will need candles and sticks to give light.

    Oh Shit, nowadays most candles are made from an oil derivative… and sticks will cut down trees. No, let’s not count on that being an option…. Wind, Water, Sun, thermal energy anyone?

    In closing I would say, don’t give it a name since the name is not important, but let us find alternative energy sources because we will need them and if they are non-pollutive than everyone walks away being a winner, right?

  6. stix

    It has nothing to do with SAVING the environment. Nothing wrong with conserving energy, protecting wildlife, etc. However – to be made to feel guilty about having an extra freezer by a political point of view that has just as many 'experts' in opposition to it's “we-are-destroying-the-earth-oh-my-god-you-need-to-turn-off-your-lights-and-drive-a-weedeater” mentality that seeks to destroy our advancements as a free society – is just wrong on so many levels. ALL BASED ON A HOAX! Man made global warming is a hoax! In the 1970's, USA Today – Or Time – or one of the national news magazines like that ran a series of articles about how we were headed into the next ice age. Then it was ozone holes in the 80's. There was a book in kindergarten…. hmmm… what was it called….Henny Penny? They were trying to teach us back then to not run around saying the 'sky is falling' because a rain drop hit us in the head. This has been one of the coldest winters on record. It was 0 degrees in Minnesota just a few days ago. Let me make it clear in case anyone missed it: MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING IS A LIE AND A HOAX!

    Use a compact fluorescent or use a regular bulb – whichever. But keep your damn freezer. And your SUV. Don't let a political, media driven left wing point of view dictate to you that you should start wiping with only one square!

    I welcome the presentation of contrasting points of view – although they would be wrong.

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