ok... so i had a real nice reply typed up... then it errored when i hit reply. Oh well... now you just get a semi bulleted rant.
Take small steps. Replace your roof with steel. If you put down foam sheeting on top of your existing sheeting and then the steel you gain R and you also will not have the roof noise that people complained about before. It is not like standing in a steel pole building. Replace appliances with more efficient ones as they need it. Plan for future green solutions (solar, geothermal, in floor heating, wind) as you remodel.
Plan for your childrens childrens children. There was once a rule of 7 generations used. All decisions were made on how they would impact people 7 generations into the future. Be selfish and have a good sense of self responsibility.
As a 27 year old i cannot afford to drop 10 grand that will have a 50 % return over 30 years when we have a functional solution now. But i can plan and budget to implement in the future. Those of you who are further along financially can still plan future but also start to implement to better the technology.
A huge issue is also need. Do you NEED that? Turn off things like servers, vcrs, printers, fans, etc. Take some time instead of just convenience. Use technology wisely. How often do you use the server in your basement? make it WOL.
Take some small steps. We cannot expect to turn this around individually but it takes all of us to do something big or small to move forward.
I am not a treehugging dirt worshipper. That is my wife. We have quite the discussions. She feels that no cost should be spared to go green. I see it as a progression as we have time, money and reason. I am far more utilitarian about it. There are just some common sense stuff we can do. And remember. A working semi efficient appliance is still more efficient than sending it to the scrapyard to buy a new more efficient appliance. You need to take disposal and manufacturing into account.