How You Can Make a Difference

Here are two simple steps you can take to begin changing the world today.

How hard would it be for you to cut your energy consumption in half?

At first this may sound difficult, particularly if you already take steps to conserve energy. However, it may not be as difficult as it seems. As you read this, look around your room, or perhaps the rest of your home or office...

  • Are there lights on that are not necessary?
  • Is there a radio or TV on in an empty room?
  • Is an unoccupied room being heated or cooled?
  • Could you lower or raise the thermostat a few degrees, and still be comfortable by changing how you are dressed?
  • Did you take any car trips this week that could have been consolidated?

These are just a few of the many things each of us can do to save energy now.

If you stop and plan your day more carefully, change the types of light bulbs you use, adjust your thermostat, plan your car trips better, etc., you can likely cut your energy use in half with little or no adverse effects on your lifestyle.

And guess what?

If you cut your energy use in half, that means all that extra money you were spending on gas and electricity is back in your pocket!

Set a goal of a 50% reduction, and even if you can't reach this goal immediately, remember every little bit makes a difference!

Now for the second step. Today or tomorrow, teach at least two of your friends how they can save energy and money by passing along some of the tips you learn from this website and elsewhere. After you do this, ask your friends to pass these energy-saving tips along again to another two people the following day.

Here's the most amazing part of all this:

If you are able to significantly cut your energy use, educate two people how they can do the same tomorrow, and ask each of them to educate two more people, how long do you think it would take until the entire 7.6 billion people of the world begin reducing their energy use?

Ready for the answer? Just 32 days! Really. (If you don't believe it, just ask a friend who is good at math to do the computation!)

Stop relying on governments, nonprofit organizations and corporations to help with the environment. If each of us takes our own individual responsibility, we can make a huge change without having to spend a dime or pass any legislation. In fact, all of the money saved will invigorate other parts of the economy. The power to change the world is in your hands. Act today, not tomorrow.

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