Sunday, 12 April 2009

Designing your own electricity system - part 3 (measuring success)

Here is my first thinking point.

What is more expensive?

1) Buying a new car for R150,000 or spending the same amount of money to take part of your house off the grid?

2) Spending R20,000 on the annual family holiday or the same amount taking your TV room off the grid? (note that this R20,000 makes some assumptions - we will look into this when we get to design).

How should we redefine "success" in the "green age"?

Should we continue to measure success as the Rolex watch or the fancy car or should we change our measurement to "successful people live off the grid"?

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