Even though many people do care about the environment, the recent economic downturn has forced us to focus more on our own financial survival than saving the planet. The good news is that you can do both at the same time. You can save the planet while saving energy!

There are many ways to conserve resources, some are simple and easy but don’t do a lot others will make a bigger impact but can be costly and time consuming to implement.

You can use wind power and/or solar power to provide additional electricity to your home. While it would take quite a few turbines or solar panels to supply all the electricity needed, every little bit will help.

If you’re not quite to the stage where you want to start installing turbines and solar panels, there are still some simple changes you can make starting today.

Here are a few easy to follow, simple to do, suggestions:

1. Turn off lights and other electricity using appliances when not in use. Even on standby mode t.v’s and DVD players use electricity. If you aren’t using them for extended periods of time unplug them.

2. Keep all filters in your furnace and air conditioners clean. A dirty filter cuts down on efficiency dramatically which means your unit will work harder and use more electricity.

3. Use nature as much as possible. When it’s warm and there is a nice breeze, shut off the A.C. and open your windows. In the winter allow as much sunlight into your home as possible, but make sure to keep that sunlight out in the hot summer months.

These tips are simple, and commonsense, but they will help you with saving energy and you can start today.

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