My wife, Annie, and I are determined to become as environmentally conscientious as possible. It is definitely an adjustment and has required a lot of effort, time, and expense. In some areas, we’ve actually saved currency, 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, however buying organic produce is definitely more extravagant. The people I was with and I are also recycling whenever possible, composting, and even collecting rainwater to use for cleaning purposes. A big issue was determining the type of heating and cooling idea for our home. The people I was with and I were not ecstatic with the energy draw and yellow new home gases caused by our conventional central a/c and gas oil furnace. Although both of us 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 extremely energy efficient, and because of the solar panels, it runs on free energy. Although the cost of purchase and installation was rather high, both of us definitely reuseed the investment in less than 5 years. Plus, the heat pump provides both heating and cooling capability, for a year round solution, however despite the disruption of chopping out the existing Heating & Air Conditioning system, and upgrading to the heat pump, it was worth it to protect our environment.