Step 1: What Uses the Most Power?
-That old TV that you never use hooked up to all those game systems
-The dusty VCR/DVD player
-The loud dryer that keeps you up at night with it's rattling
-The big coffee maker that smells strange
-Chargers of cell phones, ipods, gameboys, or whatever else you charge
-The fridge in your garage
-ANYTHING that you don't use often or that is very big that you could afford to unplug
Step 2: What More?
-If you like something that you would normally throw out, keep it. For instance, I have a really cool 16 oz. energy drink bottle/can, so their is no need for me to go buy a new water bottle.
-If you like a certain type of fruits or vegetables (for me it's pineapple), try growing it. You won't become self sufficient with no need for a grocery store, but it is a fun activity and just think of all the fuel and energy saved if everyone in the USA decided to just grow 5 tomato plants meant to consume. That's a lot! It's really not that hard, and there is nothing better than eating food you've planted.
-Think of what can be substituted with a manual device, such as a coffee maker. I actually prefer french press coffee, and no energy except that which is used to heat the water is wasted.
-Learn a couple of things from people in the early days of america. They seemed to do just fine without energy, why can't we? Now that doesn't mean go driving a horse around town and only use candles, but just look at some of the things that they did manually.
-Challenge yourself to think of new ways of doing things in a greener way. Anything at all you could probably think of a better way of doing if you have some time to think. Just small things like when its cold out, store perishables in the garage or shed and unplug the fridge.