Green energy is a lot more expensive than traditional, less renewable, more pollutive sources. It’s the main obstacle in promoting cities to make the switch. During the recession, a lot of US towns with clean energy plans had to make the switch back to coal before they went bankrupt.
Organic food is more expensive than non-organic food. Supply of organic products is quite limited as opposed to factory farmed and produced counterparts. Marketing and distribution is also innefficient. Also, a lot more money goes into the production of organic foods, as animals are better tended to, and crops are attended to more.
Green appliances and cars seem to be about the same, many manufacturers are going for energy star labelled efficiency to sell better anyway. Hybrid cars can cost about $15,000 (Honda Civic), which isn’t bad for a new vehicle. And green appliances, even when they are more expensive, usually save money in the long run by reducing your utilities bill.
It depends on the product. CFL lightbulbs (the swirly ones) cost a little more than incandescents (the well, light bulb shaped ones) but more than pay for themselves in the long run.
There are lots of green products that aren’t expensive, like reusable grocery bags and compost bins.
Both above are correct. What is uplifting is that it’s changing. The more green technology there is in the world, the more it can be shared. It can also become cost competitive resulting in also bringing prices down.
Eco-labeling is also making green products more noticeable therefore more popular, which may also bring down the prices of green products in time.
As tutt47 says, it depends on the product. I’ve noticed that recycled paper products have become comparable to regular paper (including printer paper and paper towels, for instance). If you’re thrifty and willing to shop around, I’ve found that you can often find green products that are comparable in price to their less environmentally friendly counterparts. But I entirely agree with cesmith110 – the more demand there is for green products, the greater the pressure on the industry to provide them, and the less expensive they become for the consumer.
A lot of times an action that saves you money also helps the environment. Going to thrift stores, reusing objects and materials, improving your home’s energy efficiency, and growing your own food are both green and cheap.
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