Sus­tain­abil­ity: Con­trol

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Last edi­tion we re­viewed the over­all def­i­ni­tion of Sus­tain­abil­ity. The Sus­tain­abil­ity Wheel showed the five “C’s”: Con­trol, Con­sume, Con­nect, Con­tinue and Con­tent.

In sum­mary “Con­trol” is the is­sue of be­ing in per­sonal con­trol over your life, and re­ly­ing less on banks, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, and other in­sti­tu­tions. And be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent of com­modi­ties such as gaso­line. There is no ques­tion that our lives are filled with con­ve­niences that our grand­par­ents never dreamed of. How­ever, these come with a price.

It’s a grad­ual process, but if you com­pare how our grand­par­ents lived, you’ll soon re­al­ize that some­one is con­trol­ling your life, and it isn’t you.

The most ob­vi­ous ar­eas were we need to re­gain con­trol is fi­nance. When­ever you buy some­thing with a credit card, or bor­row money from any in­sti­tu­tion, you’re mak­ing a prom­ise to pay you can’t truly guar­an­tee. Get­ting rid of debt and buy­ing only what you can af­ford is a pow­er­ful step to­ward re­gain­ing con­trol.

For ex­am­ple, if you buy a $900 tablet com­puter with a credit card, and pay only the min­i­mum, by the time you’re fin­ished with ac­ces­sories, war­ranties, and con­nec­tiv­ity, that de­vice will cost you over $12,000! These costs are pre­sented in a way that they seem small—“only $50 a month”—but they add up.

How much do you pay for propane and elec­tric­ity? Imag­ine if you could gen­er­ate and switch to home-grown power. That’s tak­ing the power back— lit­er­ally. And it doesn’t cost nearly as much as you’ve been told. It’s worth look­ing into.

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