October 30th, 2013

5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green (VIDEO)

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Going green doesn’t have to be a selfless act – you can also save money in the process. Here are a few ways you can go green, save money, and the environment.

1. Cut down on gas

It’s not possible for everyone to stop driving, but consider driving less by carpooling, taking public transit, or walking or biking when you can. At today’s gas prices, you can save up to $1,300 a year by carpooling with a co-worker.

2. Buy energy-efficient appliances

Energy star rated appliances not only save you money on your electric bill, you can also get a rebate on many products so that they are not much more expensive than the non-energy efficient alternative.

3. User power strips

Plugging your electronics into a main power strip not only protects you from energy surges, it also lets you easily turn everything off when you’re not using them so that you can save on your electric bill.

4. Paperless billing

According to Pay It Green, a coalition of businesses encouraging paperless billing, customers who pay their bills electronically will save six pounds of paper, 23 pounds of wood and prevent the production of 29 pounds of greenhouse gases a year. On top of that, you will save money on stamps and envelopes.

5. Limit water waste

There are lots of ways to cut back on the amount of water use in your home that doesn’t significantly impact your way of life. Look around your house for leaky faucets and fix them. A leaky faucet dripping 30 drops per minute wastes 3 gallons of water per day, costing you about $20 a year. Another way to significantly limit your water waste and save money is to use low-flow showerheads. You’ll enjoy your shower just as much and enjoy the savings even more.

What are your favorite ways to go green to save a little green?

Thank you to Manilla for producing this video!


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6 Responses to “5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green (VIDEO)”

  1. Thanks for reminding us to tweak our homes to make them a little greener. I switched to online bill payment years ago and I am glad I did.
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  2. I have been focusing on driving less. I walk way more, get a few groceries most days, take public transit. I meet more people, get more exercise and feel better in general.
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  3. Online bill payment rocked my world Deborah! It’s so simple and no stamps required.

  4. Hi Tracey, So nice to hear that you’re walking more often. I wish I could. We live in a suburb of Boston and have to drive most places.

  5. These are some great and simple-to-understand beginner steps for reducing your footprint! Living in Chicago, I make a point to only drive when I need to, or have no other option. Even in the winter, walking around town feels so much more liberating!

  6. Thanks James. You’re lucky to live an area where walking is a real option!

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