Broken BulbYou hear about living green everywhere you turn these days, but most folks are set in their habits of incandescent light bulbs and high electric consumption. You may not be ready to give up your old ways, but aren’t you ready to save money? The great thing about going green is that it’s great for both the environment and your wallet. These 10 ways to live green can also mean monthly savings!

  1. Ask for plastic bags at the grocery store and reuse them to line small trash cans. This saves you from buying trash bags and gives you a way to recycle the free ones you collect.
  2. Many specialized recycling centers or electronic recycling services will pay you for your old computers and cell phones. This puts money directly back into your pocket and prevents mercury and other toxins from leeching out into landfills.
  3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. This reduces your electric bill and cuts back on the use of one of our most valuable resources.
  4. Your washing machine expels 85 percent of its energy usage on heating water. Wash your clothes with cold water to save money on your electric bill. Many companies even make special detergents for cold wash cycles.
  5. When it’s time to upgrade your appliances, choose Energy Star rated models to reduce your home’s energy consumption.
  6. Set your thermostat two degrees cooler in the winter and two degrees warmers in the summer. Those two little degrees can lead to big energy savings.
  7. Incandescent light bulbs are about to be a thing of the past because most of their energy produces heat rather than light. Buy either compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs to cut back on lighting-related energy consumption.
  8. Prepare at least one vegetarian meal per week. Eating less meat benefits the environment, your overall health and your grocery budget.
  9. Carry a washable mug and/or water bottle to work or school rather than using the Styrofoam or paper products by the cooler. This cuts back on waste and saves you from buying an excessive amount of bottled water.
  10. Use washable plates and utensils when eating at home and when hosting parties. This reduces the waste produced by your household and saves you from continuously purchasing disposable tableware.

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