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    Five Ways you can Go Green and Save Money

    By Deborah Crawford     

    Conservation of resources is one of the roots of the green movement. Therefore, being frugal with your resources can help with many environmental causes. Many people mistakenly think they need to buy new stuff to go green, but that is not the answer in many, many cases. In fact, it sort of defeats the purpose if we are creating more trash. Buying and consuming less is a key component of environmentalism. Here are five ways you can go green and save money:

    1) Drive your car longer. We put way too many cars in landfills. Do you really need a new car every two or three years? Even trading for a hybrid car when your car is still viable is not always the “green” choice. With regular preventive maintenance, most cars will last quite awhile, but many people never even pay off one car loan before they trade that car in for a new one. After you pay off your vehicle, the only cost to you is gas, maintenance and insurance. Imagine a few years without a car payment—that’s quite a bit of money you can save. And, you’re keeping a car out of a landfill. That’s going frugally green.

    2) Don’t drive your car. Walk, ride a bike or take public transportation whenever possible. Not only are all three cheaper alternatives, but they all three are better for the environment because if you do not drive your car, you won’t be putting nasty emissions into the environment. If you must drive, combine your errands so that you make fewer trips. And, look into carpooling. Driving less saves you money on fuel and maintenance.

    3) Upgrade your light bulbs to CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs, but not until the regular bulbs burn out. If you do decide to get all new CFL’s, at least donate your still good incandescent bulbs to a local shelter or thrift store. Don’t just throw them away. Again, we’re trying to keep stuff out of landfills as long as possible. When you do need new light bulbs, do get CFL’s—they last much longer and use only about 25% of the energy of regular bulbs, resulting in lower expenses for light bulbs, and lower utility bills.

    4) Donate old clothes, towels, bedding and linens. Thrift stores and homeless shelters need shoes and clothing on a regular basis. But, even when clothing or linens are un-wearable and beyond repair, they can be re-purposed into things like cleaning cloths, rag rugs, or patchwork quilt tops. You can even sell clothing at consignment stores or in your own or your community’s yard sale. You can save money by taking a charitable donation deduction on your taxes, or make money by selling these items. Either way, you keep your garments out of the trash.

    5) Stop buying bottled water. If your tap water is safe, buy reusable bottles and bottle your own water. If you cannot drink your tap water because of the taste, look into a filtration system. If that will not work and you must buy water to drink, buy water in larger quantities – 5 gallon jugs instead of individual serving-sized bottles. And, recycle the jugs. Not only can you save money by not buying bottled water, but you keep those plastic bottles out of the landfills, too.

    Of course, there are many more things you can do to go green, but these five will get you started and put a bit more money in your pocket, too.

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