The debate over global warming continues to flourish, and scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the pressure humans are putting on the environment. Our energy consumption is a major problem—but it is one that we can help solve by taking certain steps. Purchasing energy-efficient products is one of the most basic things we can do. Not only does this save energy, it saves money as well. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have worked together to help efficiency-conscious consumers by creating the Energy Star product label. Energy Star products  are as energy-efficient as current technology allows. There are energy-efficient options for everything, from lighting and appliances to the material we use to build our homes.

Renewable Energy

Oil, coal, and natural gas have been important energy sources for over a century, but they will eventually run out. The international community has tried to find an alternative fuel source that is both clean and renewable. Each alternative energy source has its advocates and its detractors. Biofuels, like ethanol, have already partially replaced gasoline in some markets. Solar and wind energy are being used all over the world at an increasing rate, but they are not yet viable energy sources: Each has its benefits, but the success of each depends heavily on environmental and climate factors.

Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Sustainable Living

All the knowledge we have about the environment, alternative fuels, and eco-friendly technologies can help us foster a greener and more sustainable lifestyle. While "going green" might seem intimidating at first, by taking a series of small steps we can develop some important green habits. Not everyone will be able to plant a garden or bicycle to work each day. But reducing the amount we waste, by reusing what we already have and recycling what we can, will make the planet a better place for all of us.

Going Green
  • The Daily Green: An online magazine that caters to consumers who want to "go green."
  • Planet Green: Articles and tips on buying green appliances.
  • Treehugger: "Green" news, forums, and guides to help you go green.
  • The New Ecologist: News and product reviews to help consumers make educated choices about eco-friendly products.
  • The Green Guide: A guide for everyday green living.
Getting Around

About the Author

Adrian Ludwig is a senior account executive at Crest Capital, where he captures incremental online sales typically lost by standard vendor finance programs. Adrian works in nearly every industry vertical, providing leases and loans for equipment, vehicles, and software. Check out his most popular piece: The Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt.