At risk of extrapolating about human behaviour, I thought I’d share a brief reflection on change, levels of engagement, and how we personally communicate.
First there are levels of ability to change (cost, time, opportunity) and then there’s motivation (willingness, pain), and then there’s the internal response, and the external response.
I’ve long been dissatisfied with electric resistance ranges. Any cookware I’ve purchased in the last 10 years “works with induction.” And now I’m better informed thanks to the details and links provided.
But the mortgage comes first. When my electric resistance range kicks the bucket, you can guess what I’ll be buying.
Electric cars are totally the way of the future! But for now, I will bike as long as the roads are not icy. This reduces wear and tear on a well-maintained Corolla which really improves activities like Costco runs, camping, and road trips. But the best carbon reduction for my given circumstance is: walking and cycling more, driving infrequently, and delaying the need to manufacture one more car (I’m hoping to push that out by 20 years). But one day, I’ll be too old to bike, or, my Corolla will die (a sad day), and hopefully someone will be upgrading and post their old electric car on Craigslist!
Internal response: My hope is that for every vocal climate change denier or Luddite, or person that I don’t agree with, there’s 9 others who quietly know what to change, and are on the constant watch for an opportunity to change. I’ve been watching solar panel and heat pump prices forever! Then a friend mentioned solar hot water preheating - one of those very efficient yet low cost ways to capture solar energy. I’m sure my Nepalese hosts in Kathmandu thought I was daft for poring over their rooftop hot water system!
Viewed this way, anything that breaks and can’t be repaired, is a great opportunity! Going to on-demand water heating was so much fun! Now that my roof has been repaired, I’ll look into evacuated double walled reflective glass water preheating.
External response: I live in a family where I get to appreciate the honesty of the people around me. Even cognitive dissonance gets discussed. Sometimes it’s painful to hear someone who wants to blow $2000 on a new laptop when their problem (from my point of view) is a battery that has worn out, or $88. And their external quip is “I’m not spending money on that piece of junk.” But I just roll with it, or tell them that one time I didn’t buy a new laptop, put $1200 into AAPL shares, and now I can pretty much buy any laptop I want. Or take a decade off my mortgage. Of course I tell them that the stock market isn’t going to guarantee everyone such returns, but the opportunity cost of not overspending on a laptop is very real, at least in my case.
I’m fortunate I don’t have to wait till my arms break, to go to TextBlade. I thank my lucky stars every day. I know that there are many who watch these forums, and they will be so delighted when GR comes.