Using… LESSWritten by admin July 31st, 2011.
C. Elizabeth Smith for Ecofusion
Energy is something that is as precious to us as food and water. However, the average American understands that we don’t really have much of a say in our national energy choices; for example, how we create our energy and from what energy sources. The American life of today revolves around the bureaucratic atmosphere surrounding Washington. Some may carry the opinion that there are a few good souls in Washington fighting for various environmental issues such as energy policy and natural resource management; however, these issues continually take a back seat to many other pressing problems like the health of our economy.
What can the average American do to have a say?
For starters, the voter can have a say by simply supporting environmental causes. It is discouraging at times, yet always for the best. Have a clear understanding of an actual environmental problem and attempt to be knowledgeable about what is being done to solve that problem in Washington ,and in the respective states.
Other ways one can understand and contribute to decreasing energy consumption is to look into their own energy portfolio. This can be done by simply using less through efficiency or turning out the lights. Another easy way to invest into energy efficient practices? Simple Internet research can tell anyone how to easily reduce his or her energy consumption and actually save money in doing so.
Continued research and sprouting ideas can put the average American on a path to reduce not just their own energy consumption, but an entire country’s energy consumption. In turn, this will help the United States and the world decrease its environmental impact.