Energy Money Source and Use (Part 2)

—   Is the energy or money to be used in this action derived from the most appropriate source in terms of my/our holisticgoal?
—   Will the way in which the energy or money is to be used lead towards my/our holisticgoal?
As a reminder, you are able to consider energy and money together because almost every action you will ever take will require one or the other, and very often it will be both together. The main focus of the guideline is ensuring movement towards the ‘Quality of Life Statement’ in your holisticgoal.  The Greenslopes Pastoral Co example is shown below, to remind you where to find it.



Two parts to the Guideline
This is a ‘two-part’ guideline, so for ease of studying, it has been divided into two sections.  This page is ‘Part 2’, and  focuses on ‘Use’ of Energy and Money.  You should click here to go to ‘Part 1’, the page covering ‘Source’ of Energy and Money.

Using energy and money fits one or more ‘patterns’

You will find when using energy and money that there are four broad alternative ‘patterns’ of use.  Somewhat surprisingly, you may find that an action simultaneously fits up to three of the four descriptions shown below.  There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer here.  You are simply testing to the best of your ability, and the following points may help you do this.
•   Is the proposed use providing new infrastructure that will assist in reaching your holisticgoal?
Infrastructure includes everything required to run your whole, such as plant and equipment, buildings and roads, skills and staff etc.  

If all of the materials to be used pass the other tests you would most likely pass this test.  It would tend to fail if the source of money or energy was not the most applicable in terms of your holisticgoal, or if you didn’t need this infrastructure this year.
 

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 •   Is the proposed use cyclical, requiring no further inputs?

A solar hot water system and solar electricity (PV) arrays are both examples of a cyclical use of energy and money.  Apart from maintenance costs there is no further requirement for either energy or money in order to receive the desired outcome.  Were it to occur, electronic communications (e-mail and the World Wide Web) that were totally solar powered would be another example.

A cyclical use of money would include investment in the equity of a growing business.  Additional breeding stock introduced into a self-replacing herd or flock are are good example of a cyclical use of money.  A revolving loan from a community bank would also be a cyclical use of money, as the one lot of money recycles constantly within the community.

•   Is the proposed use consumptive, with no lasting effect?
The use of both money and energy is consumptive if it is consumed in a one–time use.  ie. if the same action is undertaken again it will require fresh energy or money?  Many business and household running costs are consumptive–for example, fuel for vehicles and machinery, wages, and taxes.  Likewise, so are most services, such as tax advice or legal advice, and insurances.   If you want another year of cover, or a further professional opinion, then you must pay for another unit of cost.

A decision will tend to pass here so long as the proposed action passes most of the other tests and the source of the money or energy is in line with your holisticgoal.

•   Is the proposed use addictive, in that once initiated you risk an undue dependence on further inputs of energy or money?
An addictive use of either energy or money obliges you to take the same action again and again, often at either increasing cost or frequency of use.  Undue reliance on fossil fuels is an addictive use of both energy and money, and until such time as we can provide an alternative, it will remain addictive.

Undue reliance on government cost-share programs, subsidies or tariff walls is an addictive use of money.  Their sudden withdrawal could spell financial ruin to your business or organisation, and in past years has damaged many businesses.


Note: A good many expenses you incur will be both consumptive and addictive.  In the short term you may need to accept this, whilst you begin to work through ways to change processes and become less reliant on external inputs.
 

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