The Eco Price Tag
It's too expensive to go 'green' in Australia!
That's it, I've had it with this country being so money-greedy that even to buy one mango costs you $4.00! That's equivalent to 3 mars bars, or 2 of the 150g of Lindt Chocolate slabs. What gives? Why are we being punished to go green.
Now having said this in my ranty start, I will actually add that socially and spiritually, my local community is becoming more and more sustainable - with myself and a group of young women having launched a new youth network throughout the region in which we live. But when it comes to living matters (energy saving, shopping, food, waste and disposal etc) things are exactly the opposite. For instance, it would cost us (my mum, brother and I - single parent family with an autistic adult living on welfare and one part time income) over $20000 to get just a solar hot water tank installed at our house, along with a water tank. We would then have to pay at least another $20000 to get solar panels for the house electricity, and on an income that is below the Australian povertyline, that's a massive amount to even consider! In order to pay this, it would involve mortgaging the house. We shouldn't have to do this! If it were say $18000 for solar hot water, power and a water tank, that would be something we could probably afford to pay off over ten years when I pitch in from my new part time job. Sounds a bit intense doesn't it?
We got our electricity bill for the last quarter this week, and it was for $600! To top it off, our usage was extremely low (way below the average), we've been doing everything possible to save power (ie: energy efficient lightbulbs, turning off and unplugging things when not in use, all the standard tips and tricks) however, the actual price for the fees, the electricity supply itself and the company tax was what made up the majority of it, with our usage being a total of just over $150, which is $50 in usage per month! Thats how it should be too. Guess what else - we don't even have 'green power'! To get 100% green power costs $10 extra every week - $520 every year on top of what we already pay. It is shameful, and we're not the only family in this situation. Families in social housing, youth that are renting in town, pensioners - we're all in the same boat here!
So really, I guess this is a call for help. We can't do this alone, none of us can. Something's gotta give! Can anyone help us?