Many people have the perception that going green costs money, when in actuality, implementing minor eco-friendly habits into your daily life doesn't cost a dime - and in some cases, can even save you money.

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To save on heating and cooling costs, program your thermostat to a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer.

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When possible, wash your clothing in cold water. Nearly 80% of energy used by washing machines is to heat water.

Step 2

Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, and paper products. Most cities offer free recycling programs and you can take bottles and cans to recycling centers (located in many supermarkets) to receive a refund.

Step 3

Get off annoying junk mail lists and do your part to go green at the same time. Register with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service ( and you can significantly reduce the amount of junk mail you receive within just a few months.

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Did you know idle computers waste nearly $1 billion worth of electricity a year? Turn off your computer (and other electronics) at home and work when you are not using them. Doing so can cut your energy use by up to 70%.

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If possible, carpool with coworkers to reduce gas consumption and carbon emissions. It can also help you save a significant amount of money in gas!

Step 6

When it comes to paying your utilities and other bills, opt for direct debit payment instead of paper bills sent through traditional mail. It will reduce paper waste and can be more convenient for you.

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Take a canvas or otherwise reusable bag with you to the grocery store; the paper and plastic bags typically used contribute to a massive amount of garbage waste.

Step 8

When printing documents whether at home or work, use both sides of the paper and make sure to recycle paper products when possible.

Step 9

Whether you are brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or preparing a meal, don't keep the water running; only turn it on when you need it.


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