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Living Green on a Tight Budget
Living Green on a Tight Budget

One of my goals this year was to live a little greener.  You know, be a bit more conservation-minded so future generations can also enjoy our planet.  Here are 8 easy (and cheap) tips to jumpstart your own green efforts.

  1. Use rechargeable batteries.  Between remotes, wall clocks, and gizmos/gadgets you will not only save money long-term on battery purchases but will also keep them out of landfills.
  2. Heat or A/C only the rooms you use.  If you have unused rooms, close the vents and doors for more efficient use of resources.  Added benefit: saving $$$ on your utility bills.
  3. Install a low-flow shower head and shorten your shower time.  Easy ways to conserve water and lessen the environmental impact.
  4. Start using Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs (CFL).  According to EnergyStar, if every home replaced just 1 light with a CFL we would "prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars". 
  5. Recycle used products.  Nearly every community has a recycle center, use yours.
  6. Opt out of unsolicited mail. Save a tree and eliminate junk mail. 
  7. Buy/install a programmable thermostat.  Pre-program it to regulate the temperature when you want it most.  Cost savings on both energy consumption and equipment use.  
  8. Use reusable bags for shopping (if creative, make your own). 
  9.  Bonus (a little more expensive): Replace an existing appliance with an Energy Star rated model.

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