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Manilla Mini: How Going Green Saves You Money

Lori Popkewitz Alper




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 save money, and the environment.

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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.

For more green living tips, go to GroovyGreenLivin.com and visit The Manilla Folder.

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