10 months ago 🏆 for day 149, 2019 with 315 words.

Being Environmentally Privileged

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.
My, oh, my, what am I going to write today?

I live in California, so plenty of sunshine heading my way.

Actually it's getting rather warm, with a forecast of 90's next week. Tomorrow my local city planning department is going to inspect the solar installation that was done Tuesday, then hopefully the utility company will come and inspect the work so that I will finally be able to turn the panels on and stop buying electricity.

I'll be paying loan payments instead, but at least I'll be able to run the A/C when I want and I only need to do it on hot days which are the days the solar panels will make the most electricity.

I won't be saving any money, at least not at first. When the loan is paid off I'll finally get free electricity, but I am unlikely to still be living in this house then.

Utility prices go up every year and my local utility company (PG&E) provides what I believe to be the most expensive electricity in the country - California is not a good place for bitcoin mining. PG&E are also bankrupt (again) and will need to put up prices even more than they have over the last few years so while I may be breaking even this year, I'll be saving money next year and even more money in subsequent years.

Plus I'm doing my bit for the environment. I drive an electric car, that I will now be charging by using the sun and not burning coal, or natural gas, or other forms of environmentally bad forms of power generation.

Not everyone can fo this and I feel lucky that I am in a position where I can do my bit in this way. Maybe I'm environmentally privileged, whatever that might mean.


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By Yorick Phoenix 🏆

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