Step 14: Conclusion

You may notice that many of the ideas I've presented overlap, and that some of them are a little vague. Being energy efficient is in many aspects a way of thinking, and the more concious you are of energy use, the more energy conservation will seep into the different aspects of your life. The best way to be energy efficient is different for each individual household, but by being aware of how energy is used, and making concious desicions, energy efficiency will come naturally.

By changing our way of thinking, and just a few of our habits, we can save money, reduce energy use, and help our environment. None of the ideas I've presented here are new, but I feel obligated to share them because they work, and have improved our lives. If we all make just one minor change in the way we use energy, it will make a huge impact on the world we live in.

I hope you've enjoyed my first Instructable, and that it has given you an energy saving idea or inspiration. Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions.
<p>In the last years or so, LED bulbs have started to come in in a big way. These are about as energy efficient as energy saving fluorescent bulbs, but do not contain mercury or other toxic metals, and don't have that dull &quot;warm up&quot; time that fluorescent bulbs often have. They also last ages. As your fluorescent bulbs die, think about replacing with LED bulbs</p>
Hey, In my opinion harvesting water is one of the easiest and most impacting ways to live more eco-responsibly.. Like mentioned above you can add a simple rain barrel for hand watering or get more complex with drip irrigation systems. If you have questions about this process or just want to join the discussion, check out our &lt;a rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; href=&quot;http://www.waterharvestonline.com&quot;&gt;rainwater harvesting&lt;/a&gt; community. &lt;br/&gt;<br/>
All of your ideas/suggestions are wonderful. In regards to water heaters; changing to a tankless system is also an option. Especially for individuals who live in condos and are not able to install a solar system.
It's good to see "what we did" as a change from "what you can do". I'm interested in your power company offering a program where you were able to get mature trees for $8 each by simply promising to plant them in areas that would shade your home - are they using this as some kind of carbon-offset? L
I'm not sure what the exact impetus for the program was, but the literature mentions &quot;meeting energy saving objectives&quot;. Here is a link to the programs website which has more detailed information. [<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tucsonaz.gov/tcb/tft/">http://www.tucsonaz.gov/tcb/tft/</a> ]<br/>

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