Can you be a good capitalist and still go green? Can a good capitalist really feel good about using solar power? Sure! How? By saving money. Saving the planet and saving money are not mutually exclusive. Going green–even to the point of using solar power–can be such an intensely capitalist experience that even Ann Coulter would have a hard time finding fault. Oh, sure, Ann Coulter would find fault, but it would take her a long time. And getting Ann Coulter distracted and out of the limelight is just the icing on the cake of going green while remaining true to your capitalist character. In this edition of the Capitalist’s Guide to Going Green, we’ll look at how you can save the planet and save money in the world of home electronics.
What if you could make your home a little greener while making your bank account a lot greener and all it cost you was the purchase of maybe a few electrical outlet power strips? Take a look at this list of electrical appliances that still use up power even when turned off if they remain plugged in. They are called energy vampires and not without reason. You know, Karl Marx characterized capitalists as vampires which means, as a good capitalist yourself, you must take exception. Be an energy vampire slayer instead of contributing to Marxian stereotypes. Don’t just turn off the computer, flat screen TV, cell phone charger, Xbox and PS4 and printer, but unplug it. You could potentially save in excess of 10% off your monthly power bill by taking this economic no-brainer step toward going green. Let’s see, if your average monthly electricity bill is $200 and you save 10% a month, that means by the time Christmas comes around you could have put $240 into a savings account and that savings account earns interest…well, you get the idea.
Bright Shining Lie
The default setting on your flat screen TV is, in most cases, a bright shining lie. Go green and be a good capitalist by establishing your independence from being told what to do. Why let some TV manufacturer in some foreign country determine for you how bright your TV screen should be. In a great many cases, the brightness setting on the TV that is the default is brighter than strictly necessary. In addition to perhaps diminishing your enjoyment of your big TV, a brighter than necessary setting also gobbles up more power than a more appropriately less bright setting. Get to know the settings menu of your TV and experiment with the brightness controls. Not only could it improve your viewing experience, it could also save you money.
Electric Solar Hybrid Power for Virtually Any Electronic Appliance
Yeah, yeah, I know: solar power is anti-capitalism in action because since no one can own the sun, there’s the very real potential of a product consumers can use without anyone making a huge profit. Well, let’s worry about solar power taking over everything and stripping energy company CEOs of their rightfully deserved ten million dollar yearly bonuses later. For the time being, isn’t it just good old-fashioned capitalism to keep as much money as you earn by not handing your hard-earned dollars over to energy-consumption taxes? Take a look at your monthly electricity bill with special attention paid to the amounts next to things like Gross Receipts Tax, Franchise Fee and Municipal Tax. Other taxes may fall under different names according to where you live and who supplies your electricity. Are you not just a capitalist, but one of them there Tea Party capitalists who will do anything to reduce your tax burden even if anything means holding your nose and–gulp–going green? Then here’s a project that not only meets your capitalist desires to save money and stick to the taxman, but should also fit right at home in your dream of Ron Swanson- esque Jeffersonian self-reliance: a way to turn practically any home electronic appliance into an electric solar hybrid.