- Jun 14, 2020
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Aren't all hobbies pretty much luxuries? I mean, isn't that the definition of a hobby - a completely unnecessary thing you do purely for pleasure?Just because the hobby may help us find a deeper appreciation for the natural world doesn't take away the fact that it really is a wasteful use of resources. The hobby in itself is 100% a luxury that none of us need to partake in, and the additional energy usage of equipment running 24/7 is a good example of one way the hobby is adversely effective to the environment (unless you run your house on solar I suppose). Obviously I partake in the hobby, so I'm not trying to talk down to anyone or anything, but we gotta keep in mind that this isn't an environmentally friendly activity
If your "complaint" is the wasted energy - is the hobby really that much more wasteful of energy than other common hobbies? If you take an average tank of say 75 gallons, you can run that tank with 500 watts during the day (3 90watt LED lights, skimmer pump, return pump, powerheads) and 250 watts at night. While that is a lot, changing out all of your incandescent light bulbs in your average sized home to LEDs will give you that energy back. Running your AC an hour or so less everyday, changing out your plasma t.v., and on and on will easily give you that energy back.
I haven't even brought up solar panels yet.
Compared to scuba diving or even playing golf, it could be argued that keeping an average sized reef tank requires less energy.