[Greenbuilding] low flow shower heads

JOHN SALMEN terrain at shaw.ca
Mon May 16 06:39:08 PDT 2011

The squealing noise is unpleasant - that is why we are taught to downshift
and employ and enjoy the roaring engine noise as it consumes more fuel.

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Speireag Alden
Sent: May-16-11 5:44 AM
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Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] low flow shower heads

Reuben wrote:

> On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Steven Tjiang <steve at tjiang.org> wrote:
>> We can lecture, admonish, encourage all we want.  The easiest way to get
the desired behavior is to make energy more expensive.
> That seems very difficult to me. Unless you follow Kat's advice and charge
your guests for the hot water. Taxing gasoline or adding surcharges to
electricity are both looked down upon by a lot of different constituencies
and usually by elected officials, too. Although this is lamentable, I would
not conclude from this that encouraging, talking about, helping folks find
the hardware is necessarily harder. At least not in my experience. 

	Steven is right, if by "easiest" he means "simplest" in an
engineering sense:  one elegant change to produce maximum broad effect.

	Reuben, practically speaking, you're right.  Elected officials
believe that if they raise energy prices at all, the resultant stink will
get them ousted, and so they don't.

	Doesn't mean it's not the best course.  It may just be politically
impossible.  I could make an analogy about a train, a cliff, and a group of
people arguing that we should not apply the brakes because they are
unnecessary and make an unpleasant squealing noise.

	But I won't.


Here lies, extinguished in his prime
a victim of modernity:
but yesterday he hadn't time --
and now he has eternity.
--Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

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