OK I will bite…could it be true that a study shows that people are not interested in saving money, saving energy, or living in a home powered by solar power? According to The Guardian in the UK, these are the results of a study by the National House Building Council foundation. The article in the paper actually starts with this line:
People are not ready for zero-carbon houses and are not that interested in energy saving when they buy a house, according to research published today.
Really. People are not interested in saving energy when buying a home – very interesting. Even without all the talk about global warming and “going green” you have to wonder how an entire study could come to the conclusion that people have no interest in zero-carbon houses and saving energy. And to add insult to injury, “Most would prefer a higher specification bathroom or kitchen to personal investment in energy efficiency measures.” Once again, an ugly side of human nature takes first place in that being selfish about how nice your bathroom is much more important than saving energy or even their very own planet…where their bathroom is located.
And just so no one wonders, I like a nice bathroom. But would I take one over having solar panels on my house? Not in a million years.
Someone who really gets the green home aspect of building is Michelle Kaufman of Breezehouse fame. Her interview in Fast Company tells of her experiences with what people want from their homes – and it includes solar power, natural materials, and energy conservation. So what does she hear while talking to people about going green?
People do want to go green. They want lower energy bills and healthy environments for their families. It’s a no- brainer, but there are not many solutions out there.
That makes a lot more sense to me. I know I am in the business of talking all things “green”, but I doubt that if I asked someone outside of my world if they wanted to own a house that had solar panels, conserved energy, and was zero-carbon, that they would actually say no. One has to wonder who funds studies like that…could it be home builders or energy companies that stand to lose money because the general population is getting interested in alternative energy or conservation? Hmm…