Solar energy is not the future. It is the present. All over the United States and all over the world, people are either taking the initiative themselves and installing solar power systems for their homes or businesses, or they are pushing their governments at all levels to fund solar projects through tax incentives. Yes indeed, it is an exciting time to be in the sustainable energy business.

Lower the thermostat in your home to use less energy. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to bundle up with jackets and scarves while you eat dinner – even making a seemingly unnoticeable change can do wonders. To put it into perspective, consider this: By reducing your temperature by one percent, you can save an average of 4% on your energy bill each year.

How many days a month do you have to work just to pay your electricity bill? What could you do with that time or money if you did not have to use it to pay for your electricity?

Following the fall of the dynasties, Egypt suffered through hundreds of years of foreign occupation by Persians, Turks, Romans and Greeks. Napoleon Bonaparte even controlled the country for a short period of time.

Power4Home offers simple plans for you to build your own sustainable energy generators. These plans use simple materials and most individuals complete the project for less than two-hundred dollars. Most families spend close to that amount on energy costs in just one month during the hot summer or cold winter months.

hydropower, or water power, required a bit more research. At first, Tom was exasperated, looking at all the work involved. He had thought he could pile up dirt in the back corner of his backyard, set up a source of water, run it through a pipe to a generator that would not only supply electricity to their house, but also pump the water back up the hill to the source of water, to have it go all over again. What a lot of work!

Collecting the wind is another source of power. You will need a wind turbine – something that looks like the propeller of an airplane that sits on top of a tall tower that’s anywhere from fifty to 100 feet tall. The wind blows, making the blades of the turbine move and spin a shaft that runs from the hub of the turbine to the rotor of a generator. The generator spins and creates electricity (again, a direct current). The inverter turns that current into alternating current.

I don’t plan on waiting till it is to late to start making changes. Learning to live with lifestyle changes also takes time. Now is the time to take action.