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How we can make energy more affordable for low-income families | DeAndrea Salvador

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Every month, millions of Americans face an impossible choice: pay for energy to power their homes, or pay for basic needs like food and medicine. TED Fellow DeAndrea Salvador is working to reduce energy costs so that no one has to make this kind of decision. In this quick talk, she shares her plan to help low-income families reduce their bills while also building a cleaner, more sustainable and more affordable energy future for us all.

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46 Comments on How we can make energy more affordable for low-income families | DeAndrea Salvador

  1. DIY Solar Homestead // 23rd October 2018 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    We can make our own energy. I buy one solar panel at a time

    • Hmm, food, medicine or that solar panel in the 99c store. Hmm. Hmm.

      My god, you are out of touch with reality. Not everyone walks around in YOUR shoes.

  2. Technology is here for many things that could actually improve our lives. But that doesn’t profit. For one to be on top, there must be a bottom.
    Your vision is beautiful. The systems that rule the world, are not.

    • Tech improves lives and makes a ton of profit lol what are u talking about

    • Sheesh He’s American. They think everything is exclusively about profiting. Nevermind them. They are a third world country and they still think everyone is jealous of their “great” country.

    • Anthony Maske // 23rd October 2018 at 7:41 pm // Reply

      +Hopi Ng well said …

      +Ben Saber … you clearly have never lived in the US.

    • Anthony Maske Of course i haven’t. I’m not white so had I lived in the US some policeman would have shot me to death for reaching for my licence after telling him I would a long time ago.
      Then the president would have said about the whole situation that “we need to be tougher against criminals” and have an entire room applaud and re-elect him like the biggest dickheads in the world.
      Oh and if my family protested, they would have probably been vilified, accused of being terrorists, locked up in a mental asylum or again, simply shot to death, just like the only two half-decent presidents you’ve ever had.
      The fact that more Americans have moved from the US in the past 10-15 years than the 50 years before should tell you something. Like I said. You’re a third world country, and I can add, in denial.

  3. what about nuclear power? that’s pretty affordable

    • Nuclear power is incredibly expensive

    • it’s only slightly more expensive than coal and MUCH cheaper than solar and wind

    • What do you propose to do with nuclear waste?
      Also wind, solar and other renewable alternatives are getting cheaper everyday and will soon get cheaper than nuclear.

    • THE SILENT GOD // 23rd October 2018 at 10:03 pm // Reply

      J Risner
      not to Russians or Chinese or south Koreans. it is pretty affordable in the east

    • THE SILENT GOD // 23rd October 2018 at 10:14 pm // Reply

      Moon Joy

      waste? recycle it, use it gen 4 reactors, separate useful isotopes and bury the rest (which will only be dangerous for 300 years after these steps). we know how to handle the waste safely.

      solar panels and wind turbines are getting cheaper, but their total system costs are not. the integration gets more and more problematic the more of those you have it. that’s way even after all the trillions spent on them world-wide, they are still have a tiny share in the energy production. this is a big problem in the whole energy industry though. most energy sources are not held accountable for their full effects on the economy, the grid, pollution…etc. if we did fossil fuels would be way more expensive.

  4. ROH sixstacken66 // 23rd October 2018 at 5:02 pm // Reply

    What an out of touch subject.. anyone of those communities, maybe less than 1% actually own their house. So making an effort to install better insulation, solar panels etc. is truly not worth on a house that is being rented.

    • The Mean Arena // 23rd October 2018 at 6:24 pm // Reply

      Not true at all. If you modernize a rental property that will help lower the cost of living for your tenants, it is more appealing and has more value for the renter.

    • chloupichloupa // 23rd October 2018 at 6:36 pm // Reply

      It is, from a society’s point of view. Precisely because it’s being rented means that insulating the house will affect more people over time. The fact that they pay a rent is not that relevant because they have energy bills to pay, so insulating the house would impact their situation positively.

      The question is how do you make that happen practically, because afaik it’s up to the owner to choose whether or not to insulate, not the tenant (maybe it’s different in the US but I doubt it) and I don’t think she really answered that in her talk at all, except for: “local communities, let’s work together, we have the technology” which is what you hear all the time.

    • If you didn’t have lobbying all over the place there might have been laws in place to prevent the building of crap houses. You’re absolutely right that the core problem runs A LOT deeper. If you’re choosing between medicine and food, you’re not gonna go and pick up a few solar panels in the 99c store.

  5. Mamta Kaushik // 23rd October 2018 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    And what about those communities who do not even have access to energy..

  6. We can abolish property ☺️

  7. Orlando Fonseca // 23rd October 2018 at 5:16 pm // Reply

    Forced equality is communism at its worse

  8. Mike Wurlitzer // 23rd October 2018 at 5:21 pm // Reply

    Way too many strawmen in her argument. Maybe those people of color should question their blind loyalty to the KKK loving democrat plantation masters. Most other minorities have somehow found a way to grab the rungs on the ladder of success. Even people who come here who not only cannot speak our English language but don’t even use the same alphabet somehow find a way to succeed.

  9. Devraj Shellagi // 23rd October 2018 at 5:24 pm // Reply

    We never waste energy we just convert more usefull energy into less usefull energy

  10. Allen sr Hargis // 23rd October 2018 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    Free energy technology exists, not alien tech, but every day people, inventors have been bought out, intimidated or killed over it, not to mention the thousands of patients classified under national security. This is not free energy, but proven technology that use to be used on rural farms but was bought out and burried,. Noobs start with running a generator on fumes, its 10x more efficent than a regular one. research don smith also.

    • Nothing will ever get better in the US until things like lobbying disappears and is illegal. Until those with low income don’t have to pay 10x higher taxes than those with millions or billions in income. Until the people of America realise that making demands of their government to improve their lives is their patriotic duty and not unpatriotic as they’ve been brainwashed into believing.
      Probably most important, until the vast majority realise they have socialism all over their society like firefighting, police, public transportation, schools, infrastructure etc. and they are in no risk of becoming communists if they demand a bit more socialism for the people who need it the most instead of vilifying and shaming those are in desperate need of help because of sickness, bad luck or just being human and making mistakes.
      Those people could turn their lives around and be useful to society instead of being excluded, shamed or imprisoned. It’s a third world country in denial. Energy is the least of your problems.

  11. More SJW bullshit…

  12. As we need to decrease our energy needs by 90%. Timely.

  13. Brandon Craft // 23rd October 2018 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    Why did you have to bring race to a class issue?

  14. Thanos: I propose an effective solution.

  15. Now energy is racist.

    • Auburndad50 – facts are haram

    • Auburndad50 Racial discrimination is something that society started working on barely 100 years ago (the US a lot later). Most industries have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. It’s going to take a while before it’s all evened out and completely 100% fair if that is even a possibility.
      If there is even 0,000001% difference, trust me, that edge will always lie with white people regardless of what area or industry we are talking about. That is a fact of life because the world has been ruled by white people for quite some time now, I’m talking thousands of years. I challenge you to find an industry where white people are discriminated against. Good luck.

  16. Kenneth Welch // 23rd October 2018 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Not a single point was made here

  17. Nothing will ever get better in the US until things like lobbying disappears and is illegal. Until those with low income don’t have to pay 10x higher taxes than those with millions or billions in income. Until the people of America realise that making demands of their government to improve their lives is their patriotic duty and not unpatriotic as they’ve been brainwashed into believing.
    Probably most important, until the vast majority realise they have socialism all over their society like firefighting, police, public transportation, schools, infrastructure etc. and they are in no risk of becoming communists if they demand a bit more socialism for the people including women and children who need it the most instead of vilifying and shaming those are in desperate need of help because of sickness, bad luck or just being human and making mistakes.
    Those people could turn their lives around and be useful to society instead of being excluded, shamed or imprisoned. It’s a third world country in denial. Energy is the least of your problems. You’ve all been brainwashed into such extremists that everyone from the left and right views the other side as the enemy and nothing else.
    You’re all countrymen who should be demanding your government make your lives as good as possible like every single people of every single country no matter if you’re on the right of left side, but again you’ve been so heavily brainwashed into thinking that even tuning your head to the left might be communism that you’re going to turn into a bloody fourth world country before you realise something is wrong. I’ll pray for you, but judging by the comments and the direction your whole country is heading in, there is very very little hope.

  18. Do energy companies really need to make the profit margins they do from residential customers?

  19. Poor people can be from any race. When the problem is poverty don’t be divisive by bringing race into it when the solutions are also independent of race.

  20. Cristopher Wooley // 23rd October 2018 at 7:09 pm // Reply

    You can’t make energy cheaper. Corporation won’t allow it. Electric car- 1911 , Gyroscopic Propulsion 1944. Tesla Towers were shut down because they provided free electricity and he was shamed for it. In this CABAL run world you are forced to use energy only in a way that they profit from.
    Energy is basically free.

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