"If an opportunity arises, you'll be ready," Prince said. "Think ahead about your decisions to improve your building shell, systems, appliances, lighting, and possibly add renewable energy. Having an energy plan in place will help avoid snap decisions and instead make the right decision -- for example, if your refrigerator breaks, if the roof needs replacement, or if you are about to finish the basement."
Sheri Koones is an award-winning author and journalist who has written several books about building energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. Her latest book is Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home, published by Abrams.
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