Re: those Great Big Windmills..
I stay home a lot more!...not so much by choice,my "daily driver" vehicle isn't exactly in pristine condition being over 35 years old..truck is also diesel powered,whether that is more "economical" or "environmentally friendly" than a gasoline powered one is debatable ,in my opinion it costs more to operate a diesel and its worse for the environment,unless your talking a small econobox ot a farm tractor..
Besides--since the inception of cell phones,driving is no longer a "pleasure",it has become a dangerous proposition ,every time you leave your driveway now,your risking your life a lot more than in previous years.."going for a joyride" has pretty much become a impossibility with so much traffic and idiotic "drivers" out there..
I only use a few electrical items at home--most days its just a small TV set,the computer,and a few lamps that are on most of the time,and I've been replacing the bulbs with LEDs as the old ones expire..the fridge & furnace use the most juice,and I keep the thermostat set at 65 to minimize how long & often the furnace comes on and to save heating oil--and I wait until I have enough dirty clothes to wash so I don't have to run the washer & dryer often,about every 2 weeks is the norm..
When I'm in my garage,I try to not leave the lights on constantly if I'm in and out of it,and keep the use of my compressor and welders to a minimum..
I only use them if I have too,instead of building things out of scrap for "fun" like I used too..
Most months my electric bill is between $30 and $50..this is not so much due to my efforts to save money,but the fact I get power from a privately owned facility in the next town over,that recently built a lot of solar farms,and also gets electricity from the large landfill in that town,where big diesel powered generators are using the methane generated by the "dump" to run them...they sell the power to the company at a low rate,and still make a big profit..
Other people I know in other towns that have National Grid or Unitil ,Eversource,etc,tell me their monthly electric bills are often over $150 !..they may be using a lot more electricity than I do,having kids,etc,but it shows the power companies greed has much to do with the prices of electricity..
I don't see much effort being put into encouraging conservation,when larger gas hog SUV's and pickups are dominating auto sales again,and all you see on TV is more ads for bigger TV sets,larger homes,newer appliances that don't last 5 years now..
Face it,if your in the business of selling oil,electricity,and natural gas--your not going to encourage your customers to use LESS and reduce your profits..they pretend too,but they really want more money..and aren't worried about the environment much ..