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.