“Nobody wants one of those huge wind things near them. They say ya can’t even hear some of their subsonic noises, but they are there!” Yannitah Flickerless complained. “How about all those solar panels covering up perfectly good cropland – shameful!” Corrin Field added. “And they string ‘em together with ugly power lines crisscrossing all over creation,” Manny Bigpoles lamented “Well, them coal and gas plants ain’t any better. Been dirtying our air for decades. They’re just not so obvious about it ‘round these parts.” groused Les Sootiaire.”
Having heard enough, Will Saveatonn turned and scolded, “Quit yer belly-aching! Every one of us can do something about those towers, panels, wires and soot. But just complaining won’t help!” Grabbing his coffee mug, Will sidled up to their table. “Betcha didn’t know that most of us could reduce our utility costs by about 25% according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy. That’s a cool $2,200 or so a year. If we all used less energy, we’d need fewer turbines, solar farms, and power lines. So listen up!” Will advised.
“Wow! Twenty-two hundred bucks!? I’m all ears!” Manny exclaimed.
Will went on to explain that Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy (FOE) (focusonenergy.com) program is a highly rated, easy-to-use resource for lowering energy costs. In 2021, FOE helped Wisconsin homeowners, businesses and non-profits save about $900 million over the lifetime of their efficiency improvements! Not only is FOE chockfull of information, it has millions of dollars in direct cash incentives to disperse and tax credit advice concerning efficiency projects. Improvements can range from relatively simple LED lighting upgrades to major heating/cooling overhauls or insulation expansion.
“Now I get it!” Manny exclaimed. “Improving energy efficiency reduces the need for massive infrastructure projects, decreases damaging emissions AND saves us money too! I’m through with being part of the Complaint Department and waiting for somebody else to act.” Then he turned to his friends at the table. “Each one of us needs to step up and do what we can. And there’s no time to dilly-dally because this is the only home we’ll ever know. It’s where we’re all forever…Earthbound.”