7 Easy Green
by Barbara Loraine
Being green is NOT about sacrificing. It’s about cutting back on waste. Here’s seven easy things to do that make a difference – and save you money.
1) Stop idling your car’s engine.
If you’re going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, don’t idle, turn off your car’s engine. It costs less to restart than to idle. Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year – that’s worth around $78.2 BILLION.
2) Slow down when you are driving.
Changing from driving 75 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour saves 25% of the fuel you use. At $4 a gallon, that’s a saving of $1 per gallon – You do the math
on what you will save in a year.
3) Power Down your Computer at Night. You’ll save an average of $90 a year.
4) Change the temperature
Turn down the thermostat for heat, turn up the thermostat for cooling. Most households spend 50 to 70% of their energy budget with heating and cooling. Every change to the thermostat represents a 1 to 3% savings in your bill.
5) Wash your laundry in cold water.
90 of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating the water. The higher the water temperature, the more it costs you to clean each load.
6) Pay Bills online.
Being paperless with you bill paying saves paper, stamps and the cost of mail delivery. Plus you’ll save money on stamps.
7) Stop Junk Mail
According to greendimes.com, 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to send junk mail. You can stop 75% of unsolicited mail by registering to have mail stopped. It’ll take about 90 days, but the amount of unsolicited mail you receive will nearly stop.