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Along with reading the books you can begin with reducing your energy consumption.

Hints are scattered among nearly every article on the subject. Even if you rent and the electric utility bill is included; you can at least get in the habit. Inexpensive power meters like the Kill-a-Watt costing around $20 from Amazon among other places will enable you to actually measure how much energy you use.

By identifying the energy hogs you can change your lifestyle now in preparation for going off grid later.