2. Lighten up on the utilities
I’m a child of the ’70s and distinctly remember the first energy crisis. It seemed like overnight the country developed an energy conscience and began trying to conserve energy.
I still watch the utilities closely today — turning off lights when I leave a room, using dimmer switches and keeping the thermostat set at reasonable temperatures as the seasons change.
You can do it too. One very simple way to start is to install energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Keeping utility costs in check saves money and reduces our carbon footprint at the same time.