We have general consensus in our community that energy and its efficient generation & usage are worthy of our efforts and time (that’s the good news!) but, that’s where the conversation usually putters out; we need to start doing projects that build our “energy knowledge.”
Nice looking reports with fancy graphics that give list-upon-list of statistical data concerning various aspects of the energy we use at home and on-the-job are nice when you’re trying to convince someone of the importance of it all but, are a waste of time and effort when people have already bought into the idea that “yes, this stuff is important and we want to be a part of it.” I should not say that it’s a complete waste of effort but once you have people saying “yes” to the concepts then you need to have the tools, resources and detailed project plans ready to go – people want to get their literal and proverbial hands dirty with this stuff in a way that reading a nifty report will not suffice!
So what can we do? Well I would propose we do these two steps (baby steps but, steps none-the-less) to start the process of “planning & doing;”
Step 1 - Let’s find the people who want to be on the team and can bring some knowledge & passion with them: you don’t have to be Sheldon Cooper from the sitcom Big Bang Theory, you just need to have some basic understanding and skills and a whole lot of determination.
Step 2 – Find some money. This will be the darned hardest part but, if we can find folks in step 1 with financial knowledge (how to get it, how to use it and how to account & manage it) and put them together with the folks that can lay out the technical aspects of a project then we can start getting folks really excited and involved with this thing you can’t really see, touch or smell called energy.
The hardest part of anything is always starting – we’ve started so let’s push deeper into the jungle!