I had my first substitute teaching job today. I watched over a group of juniors and seniors in an Economics class. I wouldn’t really call it work because they were working on a project and I just made sure they were quiet and not burning down the school. They were all working on either an iPhone, an iPad, or a laptop. I graduated from this school over eleven years ago (Wow!) and things are so different. Not only did we have none of those gadgets, I didn’t even have my own cell phone. I borrowed my mom’s ‘brick’ when I went out, and could only play Snake when I got bored. It got me thinking: as technology becomes cheaper, more people are able to afford it. As iPhones become cheaper and TVs because more affordable, people have more of them, and more people want them because they become a new fad. I know this is not profound, but it got my wheels turning as it relates to renewable energy.
As wind, solar, and geothermal become cheaper, more people are going to be able to afford them as viable options for their personal and business energy use. And as more people use them for energy, they become somewhat of a fad, something that is popular to the masses. This brings in more users that either want to experience this ‘new fad’ or really feel that it is a better option for themselves, which it obviously is. Either way, it has to work! It works for electronics, why can’t it work for energy?!?