If I had to have a motto, it would be “farm sustainably, live sustainably.” I already devote my life to organic growing practices that I believe are the future of farming. We have come a long way in recent decades due to more consumer awareness and the green movement. It is a huge improvement over our wasteful ways that fostered dwindling resources. I am all about being responsible to the land and encouraging others to change their agricultural tactics to grow better food for more people. It is a noble goal if I don’t say so myself. Where do you stand? I want to have an impact in some way, if only as an advocate. Innovations and new strategies are in high demand and I hope to play a salient part of the effort. Meanwhile, I want to promote quality, improved production, and overall superior health for the majority who live off the land. I also believe in focusing on world hunger and lack of clean water by developing and disseminating ways of exporting what we know in the west to the third world in need. We should never stop experimenting so we can share our expertise. What we do for ourselves should be passed on to others.
With this as my basic philosophy, I am always looking to make more environmentally-friendly decisions on my farm on behalf of the industry. If I can save energy, lower my costs, and pass them on to buyers, I will have succeeded in setting an example. My latest project does this in its own small way. When my old, inefficient water heater became the source of a rising energy usage problem, as evidenced by my utility bills, I wanted to replace it right away. It takes so much more energy to produce the water I need than a tankless model. Why didn’t they invent them sooner when they were building and supplying my house? An electric tankless water heater that I found on Water Heater Watch is now the state-of-the-art device, saving more than 40% of what users used to spend. No one paid attention until it affected their pocketbooks. When attention turns to money, it automatically turns to stopping waste. I, for one, don’t have that huge water tank to empty sitting in my garage. An electric tankless version makes water only when you need it, and only as much as you can use. Furthermore, you can certainly cut out that one extra-long super-hot shower a week.
It should be mandatory to replace tank water heaters. You know those obsolete archaic devices with gas pilot lights. I always hated lighting one in fear that the thing would blow up. I had more reason than conservation to make a change. Going electric and tankless was a very smart move. Let’s see if I can start a grassroots effort in this blog to get you all to follow suit. Some lucky buyers will get a discount, rebate, or tax credit.