One of the things forgotten on the movement to ‘new’ energy is the fact that our homes are so inefficient / old. A typical American home wastes more than that of a Chinese home, so says she… http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/193441/us-most-energy-waste
Regardless, we compete for resources like the animals we are. It’s pretty much paramount to survival.
If you are looking to make a difference in your own dwelling, button up the windows and doors. (the attic is a beast, btw)
An energy audit is a rational way to start & you can do it yourself too. Here is what it basically entails – http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits It seems simple but if your looking to save money, its’ a precursor. If you’d like to be energy ‘rich’, invaluable info.