Why were candles replaced with coal oil lamps, Why were lamps replaced with electrical bulbs, why are filiments being replaced with diodes, and if everything makes things cheaper, why is everything 1000% more efficiently costly.
so there are compounded and dynamic issues, the candle or wick with blubber fat, is cheap if you hunt whales and live mostly by daylight, the complexity is the hydro from coal factories or dams, or solar panels and wind mills, those firstly need to be constructed to run and work to put out the electrical currrent, that unforetunately is the payback from forward on exchange game, but it does not have to be,
If we build a dam for ourselves by ourselves, and not be whipper snapped by government restrictions alike pioneers, or any migrating tribe, you just make what you need to keep going, but this newly contrived need for monies after the fact of already having isthe cost ineffective miser at our doors,” more fees please”, well, that has to change.
If you are content with low lighting glow of candles, then yes it is cheaper to make your own and burn where allowed, sompkaces disallow fire and void fire extinguishers needs. There are now cheap lighting fixtures that run on mini solar panels and car batteries with diode light, that once bought, is cheaper, if allowed to wn and use off the grid,
The grid as hydro electric, also now charges rates on hours, higher at peak when you need it, but tell that to a fridge. It is one ignorant scam set aside for another, and has nothing to do with need, and more to do with net gains.