When I Let My Guard Down

Whenever I think about energy and how it affects my life I often find myself staring hypocrisy straight in the face. Most of the time I like to think of myself as a bit of an eco-warrior, running round the house turning lights and appliances off, nagging at my girlfriend to unplug her phone/laptop charger and attempting to persuade various members of my family to install solar panels. However on days when I let my guard down – invariably after a cold, wet hockey training session – I get home and indulge myself in a boiling hot bath or power shower, thereby completely cancelling out all my other vain attempts to make a difference. I think for me this highlights the ease in which – in today’s world where almost everything we do or use requires some form of power source – we can consume vast amounts of energy without even really realising it, and as someone who thinks about energy quite a lot, and still feels powerless to make a big difference, it can get quite worrying.

It wasn’t always like this, I can remember growing up in North Devon where I would spend a lot of my time playing on the beach or at a local park – all of which were fun, free and (although I had never considered it at the time) required no external ‘energy’ source. I guess it was probably around the time that Playstations and games consoles came in to fashion that things started to change dramatically for my generation. I luckily was not too caught up in this – although I have to admit I did eventually, after years of nagging, get a gameboy (presumably when they were cheaper than more recent, cooler models) – but I think that a lot of children these days, particularly in a society where parents are much more cautious about letting their kids roam free, spend a lot of their time plugged into some sort of electrical console or gadget. Very few families today have no access to computers, TVs or other products that help to keep the children occupied, and I think this societal reliance on consumer electronics will continue to grow in the future.

Sam Hubble

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… in today’s world where almost everything we do or use requires some form of power source – we can consume vast amounts of energy without even really realising it …