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Letter: Home efficiency

I’m writing in the name of home efficiency. Home efficiency — the way our homes handle energy — reduces energy use and can have a great impact on the state of energy in our country. But first, lower energy use has personal perks. It means a lower energy bill, so simply, you save money. Home efficiency also makes your home more comfortable to live in, holding the heat in the winter and the cool in the summer.

Beyond this, of course, my point is that home efficiency benefits the greater good. Like a boycott, lower demand for energy, on a large enough scale, affects the production of energy. When energy producers see a drop in profit from our drop in energy use, they reduce their production levels, capping the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide they pump into the atmosphere each day. This reduction of energy production consequently takes pressure off of our government, which would have the freedom to guide the future of energy in our country without the burden of corporate obligations, something, sadly, unrealistic today. A more-free government would shift subsidies and representation from large-scale polluters to clean-energy producers. This will be the first major step toward addressing our climate problem.

I praise area programs like Mass Save and the Weatherization Assistance Program, as well as the services provided through Community Action here in western Mass., which help fund home improvement, but I believe that if Massachusetts is to achieve its carbon goal of 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, the state needs to support home-efficiency subsidy programs with even more funding.

BEN GARBUS

student, Four Rivers Charter Public School

Greenfield

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