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Is buying a tankless water heater like the Navien NR-240A a "green" thing to do?

Is buying a tankless water heater like the Navien NR-240A a "green" thing to do?

Well, the answer to this question is obviously an opinion. Here is mine:

In the short term yes, but in the long term no. The reason for this is as follows:

If we all consume less, then our resources will last longer - but in the end we end up consuming them all anyway... As well, if I buy less natural gas (because I'm consuming less) and a lot of people do the same, then the price of natural gas falls. If the price of anything falls, then it encourages those that aren't as green-oriented to consume more (hey, it's cheap so who cares!). If others end up buying more because I've made it cheaper, then cumulatively we're not consuming less - so I'm really not saving the environment am I? Ironic, but true.

Ergo, I personally wouldn't buy most things exclusively on the grounds of it being "green". But I would buy something that is "green" if it has the potential of giving me some payback over time. I hope to pay less for consuming less over time - even if it means a relatively larger outlay at the onset...

 

Don't get me wrong, I try hard (indeed harder than most) to live a life that has an environmentally-low impact.

 

 

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