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How to Go Green & Save Some Green at the Same Time

Protecting the environment will make you feel virtuous and put some extra money in your pocket.


  • Step 1: Obey speed limits Stay under 60 mph and you’ll increase your gas mileage by 23 percent. Plus, think of all those pricey speeding tickets you’ll avoid.
  • Step 2: Drink tap water Drink filtered tap water. It won’t kill you. There are government regulations in effect that guarantee it.
  • Step 3: Wear a hoodie to bed Keep body heat from escaping from your head by wearing a hoodie or a good, old-fashioned sleeping cap to bed. It will allow you to turn that thermostat way down and still stay toasty.
  • Step 4: Save baths for special occasions Save baths for special occasions. No, we’re not suggesting you don’t bathe: You can still take showers, which use four times less water.
  • Step 5: Use more cloth Reduce your garbage and add a little class to your crib by using cloth napkins. Consider using handkerchiefs, too, at least when you’re at home.
  • TIP: Break your paper towel habit by buying some colorful, washable cleaning cloths.
  • Step 6: Green clean Make your own cleaning products. You’d be amazed at what you can clean with cheap stuff like baking soda and vinegar. Check online for instructions.
  • TIP: Mix one part white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and use it to clean kitchen and bathroom countertops and tiles.
  • Step 7: Wash in cold water Wash your clothes in cold water; it uses 90 percent less energy than hot. If you can’t get your clothes clean in cold water, you should probably examine what you’re doing to get them so soiled in the first place.
  • FACT: Cleaning a dirty air conditioner air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

You Will Need

  • Time
  • Effort
  • A willingness to be slightly inconvenienced

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