The word “green” is being thrown around an awful lot these days. Its excessive use is nearly as bad as the word “audiophile”. Regardless of the overuse and overmarketing of it though, it represents an important trend: efficient use of our resources. There’s nothing wrong with using resources, lot’s and lot’s of them even, as long as the use is efficient. There should be some sort of utility gained thereby. If it’s just being burned, then it’s not efficient.
Hephaestus Audio’s products clearly fit the definition of “green”. They use a minimum of energy while delivering maximum utility (i.e. they are very efficient). However, we strive to go beyond simply developing products that are efficient. At Hephaestus Audio we currently derive part of the energy needed for operations from wind energy. A goal for this summer is to provide an additional portion of the operating energy from solar energy.
Why are we doing this? Is it to “save the environment” or to “do our fair share”? No. It’s simply to maximize the availability and utility of electricity. The environmental and social benefits are wonderful side effects when this amazing resource is used responsibly. “Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.” — Thomas Edison