Politics aside, we must admit that energy independence got lost in the candidate's messages about the economy, bank bail-outs, healthcare reform, and the rest. While all of the Wall Street panic and campaign hype was happening something very interesting was happening to our OPEC friends - they discussed raising the price of oil and at the very same time the actual cost of a barrel of oil fell. Why? Because consumers, who had been paying such high prices, started to conserve fuel. By using less oil for transportation, we have pushed the price down. Simple economics at work. When demand rises prices rise, when demand falls prices do too. This got me thinking, with so many simple ways for us to conserve (fuel, water, electricity, natural gas, landfill space, etc..) what changes have you made in your normal daily routine to "conserve" your energy use? With the colder winter months upon us, please share your personal engery independence plans with everyone! Sometimes the simplest of ideas can make the biggest difference.