The good news is, we know we’re using less electricity than we used to!
- Install a smart thermometer? Check.
- Use hyper-efficient LED light bulbs throughout your home? Check.
- Sort and bin your curbside recycling? Check.
- Vote for climate-friendly government policies? Uh-oh.
The bad news, via Scientific American:
after people unplug appliances and turn down the A-C, they are more resistant to nationwide climate change measures…
After people make small changes at home, they’re less likely to support environmentally-friendly laws, regulations, and policies at the national level.
Which sort of makes sense. We all know that guy who bought a hybrid and now drives like a freaking maniac, right? Or the lady who composts and gardens with monastic dedication, yet leaves her lawn sprinklers on even in the rain?
The scientists who authored this study speculate that, as humans, we have a finite amount of political will. By making changes at home, we deplete that political will. When the tank’s at zero, we just don’t care anymore.
Is this sad? Sure. Is it real? I’m afraid so. It’s like the old story of the church-goer who spends his Sunday morning in a pew so he can enjoy the rest of the week’s debauchery, sin, and degradation.
We’re bringing this to your attention so YOU can be aware of your propensity so think, “I did my part – so why do I have to _____?” That blank? Yeah, that’s important too. We have to do both — all of us — if we’re going to win.