Community-wide Community Conservation: A little more involved, and contains several layers of action and commitment. First off we will need to allocate scarce resources to decide what is the responsibility of the town v. the responsibility of our residents. And how can the two complement each other? A community commitment to reduced energy use is more than light bulb changes, it is also the radical idea that we are all in this together. Sure, we would like to see a community controlled energy distribution plant; but we also need teams in every neighborhood to help with insulating attics and windows.
Community conservation ideas: Group purchasing power for solar panels, thermal panels, solar hot water heaters. (Set up a manufacturer here in town?)
Hand out of CFLs at the food shelf.
Design and manufacturing of pretty clotheslines.
Public education. Promote smart meters. High-efficiency car sharing co-ops. Promote locally grown food. Safe school routes to encourage more walking, less driving. Incentives for rainwater harvesting.
Our resources for getting started:
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait ’til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
~ Thomas Edison (1847–1931)