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Resolve to Go Green to Save in 2010

Going green isn't just about buying environmentally friendly products. It's that notion that has some people convinced that being environmentally conscious isn't going to be wallet-friendly. The truth is that a lot of small changes you can make to green your lifestyle can also help to save you cash, and don't require any major purchases. So follow these easy steps to help you put a green resolution in place for 2010.

  • Quit your paper habit — Stocking up on paper products can really start to eat into your lunch money and take away from other more important purchases, besides the fact that using all of that disposable paper can add up to a lot of inefficient waste. Instead, switch to cloth towels. Use rags to clean up spills and keep clean towels and cloth napkins on hand for meal time.

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  • Turn it off when not in use — It's been said before, but I'll say it again: switch electronics off when you're not using them, please. Leaving your computer or television on is an unnecessary waste of energy when you're not using them, plus, it means you're draining your finances too. Just to be extra careful, why not unplug the device altogether; some drain energy even if they're off.
  • Still don't recycle? — If you're still not on the recycling bandwagon, your bad habits are so very last decade. Instead, get in the good habit of recycling everything you can. Need a little cost incentive? Most states offer a small redeemable price per can or bottle return. It's not a whole lot, but don't scoff at the five cents per can — just think of all the empties left over from your last big party. Those can really add up, huh?

What's your eco tip for cutting costs and helping to reduce waste?

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doogirl doogirl 6 years
I've been using cloth rags for years, so easy! And we're big recyclers! Also, that five cents per can really adds up, we take our cans in at the middle of every month and get forty bucks! It's practically free money!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
My city doesn't have a door-to-door recycling program so a lot of people use that as an excuse not to recycle, even though we have two recycling stations. They're in kinda out of the way Iocations but I encourage my friends to do what I do- just put all rinsed out recyclable materials in a laundry bag and take it when it fills (usually 2 or so weeks) to sort at the station. It's so much easier and it really doesn't take much extra time- just bring it with you when you're heading to that side of town.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I usually use cloth rags, but I keep paper towels on hand for some things because they're just neater. I also usually use cold water for my laundry (only exception to that rule is sheets and underwear) and I don't use my furnace except as minor auxillary heat. We have a woodstove that heats the living room/dining room nicely and it's carbon-neutral and free to operate (we cut all our own wood). Our bedroom stays rather chilly, but we have an electric blanket that keeps us warm's much cheaper to turn it on for a couple of hours than to use the furnace.
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