There is no need for a climate scientists, mathematician, politician or talk show host to point out that if you use less electricity and fuel, you do not have to buy as much. This means more money in your pocket. It also means that there should be more energy available, which should help the supply side. You do not have to care about the fact that by saving energy you are burning less fossil fuel and producing less pollution. You can do it just for the fact that it is good for you and your family. A lot can be done by just simple behaviors of turning off the lights when you leave a room, keeping your door closed when the HVAC is on, turning down the thermostat at night, and others. This does not raise taxes or require an act of congress. A simple caulking gun can do wonders for your electric bill and you don’t even have to care that you are also helping the environment. More money in the pocket of the common person is more money they have to pay their utility bills.
Would you rather live next to a smokey industrial site in a place that is completely covered with concrete or near a place with trees and natural areas? Where would you rather visit? Where would you want your children to play? Natural areas have been known to increase real estate values from nearly 20-40%, which creates more equity for homeowners. Natural areas provide places for people to explore and recreate which raises the quality of life and improves health. A walk in a natural area can reduce stress level up to 50%. People are more productive when they are healthy and miss less time at work due to stress related incidents. Outdoor play is good for child development. There is also an opportunity to build an outdoor recreation industry. It is also a lot more pleasant to live in a place where you can safely drink the water and breathe the air.
When I played soccer as a kid in Los Angeles, my teammates and I would often find ourselves bent over, grabbing our knees and coughing uncontrollably after a short run because of the smog. Regardless of what you think about climate change, it is worth cleaning up the air just to help residents breathe better!
One of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing pollution is through energy efficiency. This is good for everyone. Wouldn’t you rather heat and cool your home with minimal electricity, reduce your water bill, drive a vehicle that gets over 100 miles to the gallon and still enjoy your lifestyle? The quest for efficiency inspires scientists and entrepreneurs to create new products and systems that lead to new jobs and businesses. There is some great work being done by many different groups around the world to find cleaner fuels, more productive agriculture methods that use fewer resources, create better building designs that use less energy while maintaining comfort, services and structural integrity, as well as a host of other innovations. These have created businesses, jobs, and services that improve the economy while helping the world.
Products, systems and services reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and lower the cost of living. As transportation becomes more efficient and less costly, so does the price of food and products that are being transported. Reducing the demand for fuel means that there is more of it available. That should have as much of an affect on prices as drilling for more fuel. More efficient vehicles help put more money in the pockets of ordinary citizens. Of course, this is all good for the environment, but it is good for you also whether that matters to you or not.
Whether or not you believe in climate change, there are many reasons to take the same steps towards preventing it based on commonsense.