Thursday, May 13, 2010

Let's buy our way to a greener, cleaner planet Earth

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 1:47 PM

When it comes to being green, well, I'm an absolutely failure.

I do not drive a hybrid SUV.

I have yet to install solar panels on my house.

I do not buy organic vegetables even though they are pesticide free.

I do not own a printer that can print on both sides of a piece of paper.

I have yet to put compact fluorescent light bulbs in every lamp in the house.

I never bought a ticket to see An Inconvenient Truth.

I used the last $20 in my pocket to buy a case of beer instead of carbon credits.

But thanks to Columbia, S.C., Fox affiliate I've learned WACH there's still time for me to make amends with Ma Earth.

Just like time is running for the planet, the countdown is almost over for those interested in buying Energy Star appliances to get a state rebate:

If you haven't already taken advantage of the state's appliance rebate program, there's still money available.

Over $220,000 remains in the program that offers discounts on Energy Star appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and air conditioners.

The concept is simple. To save some green while going green. Along the way, officials hope it sparks the economy.

At the end of March, the South Carolina Energy Office made $3.9 million available for the rebates.

Officials say more than 23,000 rebates have been claimed so far.

According to Appliancerebates.sc.gov:

A total of $3.9 million was available in rebates to South Carolina residents purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances in the state beginning March 31, 2010 and continuing until all funds are exhausted. South Carolina citizens have claimed over $3.67 million in rebates through this program, or more than 94 percent of the money allotted for rebates.

All of the $1.95 million allotted for mail-in rebates for central air conditioning units, heat pumps, gas furnaces and water heaters was exhausted by 1:19 p.m. on April 1, 2010, just one day after the program launched. More than $1.7 million of the $1.95 million allotted for instant rebates on clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and room air conditioning units has been exhausted.

Hmm. Why is it that in order to "go green" you have to buy a lot of shit?

You know, it'd make sense if we just used up all the stuff we've already bought. Just saying.

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