There are numerous sources on the Internet to learn more about alternative energy and what it means for you and the future of coming generations. Whether it is utilizing renewable energy like solar or wind, recycling, protecting sources of clean water, or exploring the best ways of insulating your home; these sites provide a wealth of information and can serve as a road map to learn even more.

One of the easiest and cheapest means of reducing energy usage and reducing your ''carbon footprint'' is to make the lighting in your home and/or business more efficient. A compact florescent light bulb (CFL) installed in place of an incandescent bulb will save about $30 over the course of its lifetime and pay for itself within six months. Using 75 percent less energy, CFls lasts about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Also, LED (light emitting diode), a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light, has grown increasingly popular as technology has made it viable for both industrial and residential applications.

Wind is a major alternative energy source in more than 70 countries across the globe. Wind turbines are able to capture the clean, renewable energy that flows daily across Florida and electricity generated from wind does not require mining, drilling nor the transportation of any fuel, thereby reducing man's "carbon footprint."

There are numerous sources of information for those interested in learning about the benefits of solar power, as well as the range of solar products available and the cost of their installation. Other sites track solar energy markets and news worldwide or give practical advice, from aggregating quotes for solar panel installation in your area to do-it-yourself instruction.