It is phenomenal waste of renewable resources and can raise the cost
to an individual’s utility bill considerably.
For example an old woman is living on social security whose furnace or
water heater breaks down, or a three member family living on less the
$10,000 per year. When things happen the frequently do not have the
financial means to go drop $800 on a water heater, not to mention the
installation cost on top of that, They are put in the position of
having to decide against buying dishes or having hot water. Most
people choose the latter because hot water is a luxury, whereas food
is a necessity. Hot water is a luxury most people take for granted
until it is taken from them.
In these circumstances people have the opportunity to apply for
weatherization through their local council of government, It used to be that the government who would do the repairs and result was that from the day someone filled out their application o the day of installation would frequently take roughly two years. Now it is a privately contracted and they app to install timeframe has been reduced from two years, to two months, sometimes even less.