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Go Green to Save Some Green

You know going green is good for the planet, but it can also be good for your wallet. This Earth Day, go green to save green!

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1. Carpool (Estimated Cost Savings: $650 - $1,000)

But if you share your ride and the gas bill with just one friend, you each save $650 a year. If four of you carpool, you each save nearly $1,000. Websites like Divide the Ride, eRideShare, and CarPool World can help you find other commuters headed your way.

2. Stop Eating Out (Estimated Cost Savings: Hundreds, if not thousands of dollars)

The typical U.S. family spends $4,000 on meals per year outside the home. Cooking at home will also force you to pay more attention to the ingredients that are going into your food.

3. Rent, Borrow and Freecycle

 (Estimated Cost Savings: Hundreds of dollars)

Did you know that you can go online to find out who has something you can borrow?If you'd rather borrow items from people you know, ask your neighbors and friends before buying a tool or item you won't use that often.

4. Start a Vegetable Garden (Estimated Cost Savings: $25- $2,000)

Start saving money by growing crops like tomatoes, potatoes, salad greens, zucchini, and strawberries, according to "The Daily Green."

5. Buy an Affordable Fuel-Efficient Car (Estimated Cost Savings: Hundreds or thousands of dollars)

If you need a new car, consider buying a fuel-efficient one that's used. With the price of gas today, cars that get over 30 miles per gallon can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on gas.

6. Do a Home Energy Audit (Estimated Cost Savings: Up to $570)

Much of the energy a household uses each year is wasted. Most homes can benefit significantly from simple improvements like caulking cracks, sealing windows and ducts, and using draft snakes to save money on heating and cooling costs.

7. Adjust Water Heater Temperature Settings (Estimated Cost Savings: $30-$475)

The average U.S. household spends $1,900 on heating, hot water and electricity.

Hot water represents as much as 25 percent of the cost of heating, hot water and electricity costs, according to the Department of Energy, and much of it is wasted. If you're buying a water heater, choose an Energy Star model or a tankless or solar water heater. 

8. Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products (Estimated Cost Savings: $200 or more)

Cleaning products -- from dishwasher and laundry detergents to all-purpose, window, toilet bowl and tile cleaners -- are surprisingly expensive. But most can be replaced with home-made remedies, using baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. Go to "The Daily Green" to find out how you can make your own green cleaners.

 

Source: Abc7.com and The Daily Green

 

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