Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ways to Save by Going Green

......Whether people realize it or not, cutting back has made them accidental environmentalists.....

1. Get there, greener.
....the cheapest and best thing you can do for the environment is to drive less...Or you can join the growing renaissance of fuel-free and fit bicycle commuting. 

2. Enjoy home-cooked meals.
....preparing meals at home is cheaper, more healthful, and not as hard as we think.....fresh, nutritious food paired with simple seasonings can help novice cooks
learn to prepare delicious meals.

3. Eat your veggies.
....the production of meat uses vastly more resources than produce, which is why climate scientists and green chefs like Stec recommend a diet that is mostly plant based.... "Not only is the overconsumption of meat and processed foods and corn syrup contributing to problems with our own diets, but [it's harmful] to the health of the planet as well," says Stec. 

4. Flip the switch.  
...When you're not going to be at home, turn your thermostat up a few degrees in warm months and down a few degrees in cold months....

 5. Work from home.
....Employees at traditional workplaces can talk to their managers about working from home just a day or two a week to save on transportation....

6. Buy none, get one free.
The best way to save money, of course, is to pay nothing at all—and for free goods, one should look no further than the computer screen. "The trend is towards this community online where people can share or trade what they have and save money," says Dorfman.

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7. Get paid to recycle.
....valuable to companies that refurbish, resell, and recycle them, and they'll reimburse you in cash....

8. Don't be trashy.
Reducing your share of trash provides instant green gratification and can help you save on your grocery bill.

9. Conserve water. 
...reducing your use of hot water can mean extra savings. Dorfman endorses a low-flow showerhead, enabling him to take long showers guilt free. 

10. Don't buy it—rent it.
 ....enable you to get what you want without actually owning it and allow other people to use it as well, collectively reducing the environmental impact," says Dorfman. "It allows you to save money and still enjoy your lifestyle."  

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