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Each month, those of us who live “on the grid” get a little gift in the mail: an invoice for our electricity usage. Prior to that bill arriving, the little meter attached to our homes has been spinning day and night, tallying our energy use as we power up our computers, stuff our wet towels into the dryer, forget to turn off the lights when we leave a room, pop in a DVD, fire up the coffeemaker, and so on. Our debt to the power company can fluctuate depending on the season. In winter, of course, we can’t do without that toasty electric blanket, right? When indeed the bill is higher in the winter months, we sigh, thinking that we really should start finding ways to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and do our part for the planetbut it all seems so . . . complex and time-consuming, and we don’t know where to start. We write the check and it’s on to next month. Click. Click. Click. That’s the sound of the meter costing you money. Ready to learn about a new way? Read on.