Total Cost of Ownership - A Green Approach?
Most of you have heard of Total Cost of Ownership. Put simply, it's the life-cycle cost of owning any commodity.
Let's take something near and dear to our hearts: cars.
Without getting into a debate on which car is more green, I submit that total cost of ownership is a decent indicator of a car's "green" value.
This sort of makes sense when one considers that gas is the main expense of owning an automobile: The lower the total cost of ownership, the more fuel efficient the car.
This also applies with respect to how much car you're getting, as all that metal, plastic, glass, and upholstery costs money, and a smaller car is, all things considered, usually cheaper, and because of it's size, usually more of a sipper than a guzzler.
"We live in symbiosis with our planet. If we destroy our planet, we destroy ourselves." - Mugs
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