"Environmental problems result from our inability to accurately perceive our relationship with larger ecosystems, and solving environmental problems will require that we learn how to perceive them differently."
— The Psychology of Our Environmental Problems, written by: Deborah Du Nann Winter & Susan Koger
"The modern Western tradition of emphasizing the individual has given us both unsustainable technology and increasing social alienation."
— The Psychology of Our Environmental Problems
Refrigerators use 19% of home energy, while electric lights use only about 5%. Therefore, when buying large appliances it is even more prudent to spend the extra money and get an energy efficient appliance. Buying energy efficient light bulbs is important too, but skimping on large appliances will cost you more in the long term of energy usage.
"Attempting to meet psychological needs through over-consumption jeopardizes not only our physical habitat, but also our psyches."
— Deborah Du Nann & Susan M. Koger, The Psychology of Environmental Problems.