As frugal types RUDE is wary of the issue of ‘green’ consumerism. That is where certified green industries and companies are charging an arm and leg for products and services. For us frugal living is first and foremost on the agenda. Secondly, if green products are competitive or cheaper all the better for us and the planet.
We have not embraced solar panels because we are close to retirement and have not yet decided where we will be living. Also financial incentives and restrictive contracts are not attractive. In our opinion it’s all set up for big business to make money. Those we know and have read about, who have solar panels, are not raving about them. Some say there is very little advantage in shifting to solar in the current political and economic environment.
Whether solar panels or off-the-grid it would be great to have either experience. We were recently inspired by a family who has decided to go off-the-grid across the plains from us in Little River [yes, where the Australian pop rock band took its name from]. The Off the Grid Solar House was recently featured in an informative article in The Age newspaper. You can read the article on the blog and follow this family’s journey. Emma from the blog writes a good yarn. She will make you laugh with her take on how the west of Melbourne is winning the solar race.