How much are you willing to spend to save the planet?

@filmbuff (2909)
United States
May 14, 2007 4:03am CST
It's costing me a good $15.99 a month. Lately I have been having a lot of asthama attacks and being without an inhaler, I found myself heading to an urgent care center for treament because my doctor is closed on weekends. (He's probably playing golf with the wadded up $20 bills I line his pocket with anyways.) Back to my story, the urgent care center prescribed me a brand spanking new inhaler. When I filled the perscription, I found that the price had almost doubled. It was at this point that I learned all of the propellents had been changed in inhalers, to remove the CFC's. (chloroflorcarbons which I can't spell) that come out of aresol cans and eat through the ozone lair like my Uncle Lee eats through Watermelon. And let me tell you, my Uncle Lee shore loves him some good watermelon. So I said to myself, "Self, it's for the environment, I'll eat the cost." (as if I had a choice) The new and improved inhaler does not seem to be working nearly as well as before which is bothersome, and it does taste fairly nasty but thats not the point here. The point is, how much are you willing to spend to save the environment?
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
17 May 07
I also recycle, like someone said a few posts up, and like him, I don't think I've ever spent a dime. :) I don't think people have to be Greenpeace activists to be good and responsible. If everyone had at least a good SENSE, it would help the world more than anything. There are very simple things we can do to avoid CO2 emission, for exemple. Turning off your air conditioner when you're not freaking hot, or your computer screen when you're not using it are one of these simple things.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
19 May 07
You are so right, a little common sense would go a long way. It's not that hard to save energy there are so many different ways to do it which can be as simple as turning off a light, or using a different type of bulb to begin with. Laridbz, if someone from your government came up and said, "We can save the environment but you'd have to spend X amout of dollars each month to do it," how much would you be willing be to spend? What would be too much?
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
21 May 07
Hahaha! Everyone is replying to you discussion, but no-one is actually answering your question, right? :) Maybe it's 'cause it's not easy to say how much is too much. Even because most things related to it are about "saving", not about "spending". And thinking in dollars scares me a little, but I'd say US$15 is fair enough. We probably spend it going to the movies anyway. Oh, and about the light bulb, here in my house we use only the "safe" one, for a long time.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
22 May 07
Perhaps trying to get people to think in terms of dollars and cents is a bad idea. Maybe it's a little easier to swallow when you think of it in terms of "savings."
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• United States
14 May 07
You are right about the inhalers, they do not spray out as effectively, nor is the mist as fine the medication itself has not changed, you have to relearn somewhat how to inhale the spray and hold it longer. Your uncle sounds like my kind of fella. One of the things that we have done is change all of our light bulbs to the more expensive energy saving types. Yes they cost more initially 8.00 to 10.00 for a 3 pack, but in the first month of using them we saw a significant difference in our electric bill, so its well worth the cost. Another change we have made is better air filters for our central heat and air. We keep our exhaust systems on the cars in good shape, and recycle what we can. I am not sure what other things we could be doing, but as I learn we do put forth the efforts.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
15 May 07
I think it's great that you're doing so much to help the environment angelwhispers. I also changed all my lights to the low wattage flourescent bulbs as well. Less energy, and they last longer so far fewer burn outs to throw away. I try to use the more efficient air filters when I think about it, but sometimes if I need to just change I will pick up a cheapie. I'm kind've on the fence when it comes to recycling. I'm not sure if it's beneficial or not as I've seen statstics from both sides of the issue that just don't add up. In regards to the inhalers, besides holding it in longer, are there any other tips you can offer?
• United States
15 May 07
With the new ones you pretty much have to hold it in my mouth and close your lips around it. Mack sure to breath out deeply before that... and inhale. The old ones you did not press into your mouth like that rather hold it away and breath in the fine mist. Hon just experiment with it until you find a good way to deal with it.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
16 May 07
Will do, thanks again for the tips.
• United States
15 May 07
That's a good question. Can't honestly answer though. I know I pay more now for hair spray and other stuff but I can't tell you how much more. I like the way you are justifying the doubling of the price by saving the ozone layer.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
16 May 07
It is a good cause, and I'm willing to spend the extra money. You mentioned the increased cost of hair spray and other aeresol product. Do you know if a law has finally been enacted that forces companies to stop using CFC's in aresol cans?
@Norstar (695)
• India
14 May 07
Better to carry an inhaler with you, always, if you have this problem. It is sad that the price is doubled but the effect is reduced and also that the inhaler is unpleasant to use. Well, as to the question of how much one is willing to pay, the answer can not be in terms of money alone. We have to think of the harmful effects of pollution that we are creating without realising it. There should be awareness about the pollution and it would help greatly.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
15 May 07
You are so right Norstar. As far as the inhaler goes, my perscriptions seem to be expire long before I ever fill them all. Usually I just need them a couple of times a years, but lately it seems to be more and more. I may just have to get my doctor to write a perscription for something a little more potent to make up for the new "delivery" system. What I like about your comment the most is that you talk about the issues with the environment will take more than just money to fix. It will take a change in attitude, and a *lot* of money. I think people aren't really aware of the sacrifices we are going to need to make to fix these problems. Thanks so much for commenting.