Growing up in the 80s and 90s in Canada, I experienced first hand how environmental consciousness was starting to catch on. We saw our first blue boxes (curb side recycling bins) in the late 80s. The schools were also really focused on education about the ozone layer, acid rain, and global warming. I even did a project on hydrogen as a fuel for cars. Environmental consciousness was really engrained into our minds.
Now, Tom set his sights on working out a plan to take his home “off the grid”, out of the hands of the public electric works. He needed a way to provide his own electricity, so that he and Barbara could stop using electricity from the city. He did his research and found that he had three options for an alternative power source to bring electricity into their home: solar energy, wind power, and hydropower.
Shop locally. Clothing made in the United States or, better yet, your hometown, reduces the amount of energy needed to ship that garment to your neighborhood store. And you’re supporting the local economy.
In order to do more than just barely survive, first we have to simplify our lives. We must learn to need and want less. We can learn to get our enjoyment and entertainment from lower cost or free sustainable sources. We live in a time of unbelievable over consumption of all kinds of goods, including expensive food from all over the world. We will need to rely on local products and local food sources. Part of the change that will be coming has to do with the transportation of goods across the world. We will see that slow way down and goods from far away will be extremely expensive. At least until new hydropower sources are implemented that change the cost and environmental damage from worldwide transportation of goods.
Having your own home business offering something people need and want will prepare you for a possible loss of employment. The unemployment rate is going to go way up. In some European countries there is now 30 and 40% unemployment. In the U.S. 9% unemployment is already causing a lot of pain and discomfort for a lot of people. Imagine 40% unemployment. Do not think because it has not happened in your life time that it cannot happen.
For those of us who have studied wealth building, we understand that this is the science of creating sustainable wealth. There is a foundation that needs to be laid out and a sequence of events that need to happen in order for wealth to begin its accumulation.
On a side note, we’ll offer a summertime energy tip. Check to see if your windows are locked. We don’t generally think of air leakage in the summer like we do in the winter. When it’s cold, we can feel the cold drafts wafting through the house. But in summer, warm drafts are not as easily felt. But they cost you money just the same. As more hot air seeps into your house, more cool air seeps out. That means that your air conditioner will work that much harder to keep you feeling cool. So be sure to check your windows in summer as well as in winter.