What can businesses and consumers do to help reduce our reliance on foreign oil? We have to save up and be conscious of our oil usage. By depending less on oil, many common-bills, such as gas, electricity will be considerably lower. There are many ways anyone can conserve the energy and oil that we use in our everyday lives. Electricity is the second most way oil is used. Everyone uses lights, TV’s, radios, and computers. Some of the things we can do is turn off the lights when they are not being used, unplug laptop and cell phone chargers. Instead of relying on plastic cups and utensils when you need disposables, why not use compostable products. Better yet, use durable goods and wash them. Natural pesticides and herbicides, if needed, are better than chemical-based products, the chemicals relying on oil for their manufacture. While driving a car: Maintaining a constant speed helps reduce fuel consumption, Idling any longer than a minute wastes gas and one minute of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine. When possible people should avoid drive-thru. Idling for as little as 10 minutes while sitting in line can waste 5 or 6 miles worth of gas. People should reuse everything they can (e.g. shopping bags), and then recycle it. There should be rebates in stores for reusing shopping bags. Whole foods gives 10 cents for every bag you bring back to the store. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run TV for three hours or computer for an hour and a half. Should the government provide incentives for such efforts?