My wifey, Annie, and I are determined to become as environmentally conscientious as possible. It is entirely an adjustment and has required a lot of effort, time, and expense. In some areas, we’ve really saved money, and yet we’ve also spent quite a bit. Riding our bicycles to and from work, instead of driving our cars, means pumping far less gasoline into the tanks. Growing, canning, and chilly vegetables throughout the Summer has trimmed our grocery bills, but buying organic produce is entirely more lavish. The people I was with and I are also recycling whenever possible, composting, and even collecting rainwater to use for cleaning purposes. A sizable issue was determining the type of heating and cooling system for our home. The people I was with and I were not thrilled with the energy draw and green new home gases caused by our conventional central cooling system and gas oil furnace. Although the people I was with and I considered a geothermal heat pump, this was simply not feasible on our budget. The people I was with and I eventually settled on an electric heat pump and installed solar panels to provide the electricity. There is no combustion process so there is no production of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or formaldehyde. The heat pump is severely energy efficient, and because of the solar panels, it runs on free energy. Although the cost of purchase and replacement was rather high, the people I was with and I entirely recovered the investment in less than numerous years. Plus, the heat pump provides both heating and cooling capability, for a year round solution, and despite the disruption of cutting out the existing Heating and A/C system, and upgrading to the heat pump, it was worth it to protect our environment.