Monday, September 27, 2010

3 Percent Less - The sad truth

Here on Long Island the local energy company - National Grid - is heavily advertising their "3% Less" campaign.  On the surface it's a No-Brainer!

This campaign focuses on using three percent less energy over the course of the next three years; under the guise that using less energy is not only good for the environment, but will be a savings to the customers.  And YES, using less energy in general is great for the environment -- we all should be that energy conscious.  However, there will never be a savings passed onto anyone and National Grid should not be advertising otherwise.

You would  think though, that using less of anything would save money, right?  I mean if you aren't using it, then you obviously are not spending money on it.  In this case, that is not true!

 Using 3% less energy is definitely good for the environment, but you will NOT see that reflected in your wallet - at least not in a good way.  Like all big corporations, National Grid has investors, employees, pension plans & medical benefits that need to get paid.  Where do you think the money comes from?  That's right, it's customers...US!  In this case using 3% less energy will only make the cost of the energy go up -- they will need to charge more for it to cover expenses. 

Did you know that National Grid charges a surcharge in mild winters where customers use less energy than they predicted.  Seriously, check your bill. Where's the savings in that?


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Christie Cottage said...

I totally agree with you! Wonderful post.

I try to be energy concious for my wallet's sake! Even buying the expensive lightbulbs, which by the way are too expensive! (for me anyway)

A can recycler for years and I still take them to the recycle center. What I get off them buys a case of pop of a box of trash bags.
It's the equivelent of a big coupon.

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Additionsstyle said...

I totally agree, great post. We make the effort to use less energy in our homes, and the big companies don't even give us a break for that. All I can do is what is right for me and my family and maybe one day the big companies will do what's right for their customers.