Seems like people forget very easily. Not long ago when the gas prices were really rising and prices for food were going up alarmingly fast, everyone seemed to be aware of peak oil and seemed concerned. Then it settled down. Then if you fast forward to right now and it seems to be happening again but no one seems to really be letting it bother them this time around. Peak oil, is peak oil, it's going to happen, there isn't much in ways of avoiding it and we can argue all we want about it, but it's not going to change things. Even if it's decades away doesn't mean that people can't prepare themselves for it. So, here are a few tips that might help you out for when or when it doesn't happen.
A really good thing to do is to start a garden. Not a rose garden but a true fruit and vegetable garden. You might even want to include a nut tree or two. You should know how to grow your food even if you don't live to see the true peak oil. It never hurts because in the end it's going to save you money and it's really good for you. Fruit trees, nut trees and asparagus may take a while to grow but it's the reward you reap after. You will continue to get production from these for years and years to come. So you will always have some kind of food growing in your yard.
Make sure that your home goes green. Make sure that your home is well insulated and this includes your roof. Make sure to switch out all the old light bulbs in your home to the smaller fluorescent ones that save a lot of money and don't use anything near as much watts of electricity. You might even want to install some solar panels so you can create some of your own independent energy from the sun. Best thing about this is that if you end up making more than you can use, you can sell the excess to the power company and make a little cash on the side.
Make sure to always live within your means. Learn to limit your spending. There could come a time when you will be forced to limit your spending and if you start now it will be a lot easier when you have no other choice but to do so. Also by buying less stuff you are also producing less pollution so you have a win win situation going on here. You save money and you help save the planet at the same time. Besides if you live within your means you aren't going to be in debt.
Cut back on your own person use of oil. Transportation is one of the biggest ways in which we use up oil so you should start thinking about how you can cut down on using it. Be creative in your thinking and don't always just go for the obvious of biking, carpooling or taking the bus, think out of the box. One way to really cut down is arrange to work from home and even when you do drive, make sure to drive a lot more careful. You'd be surprised how much gas and money this would save.
One of the last things you can do is take some action beyond your own personal consumption. Remember this is a societal problem not just your problem. So try to educate your friends, other family members, get your community involved, call them all to action and even get in the middle of the politics. You can call for stricter fuel economy standards or you can start your own community garden, all of these actions are going to help.