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We hear a lot about “going green” these days. If youʼve been wondering how you can do your part, youʼll be happy to find that there are ways you can save money while helping to save the environment. You may be surprised by how small changes can add up.


  • Your computer uses energy even while itʼs in sleep mode, so turn it off (donʼt forget the monitor) at the end of every day.
  • Save some trees whenever possible:
  • Cancel your newspaper subscription and stay informed online instead.
  • Ditch paper napkins for cloth.
  • Pass old magazines on to Goodwill or doctorsʼ offices.
  • File taxes electronically. Then, ask your tax preparer to email you PDFs of your final return for your files.
  • Opt for paperless billing and pay all your bills online.
  • Consider installing an ENERGY STAR rated thermostat or a smart thermostat to regulate your home temperature up or down depending on your familyʼs wake, sleep and out-of-home schedules.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Make your own cleaning products. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and lemons often clean just as well as store-bought products. Check out for cleaning product recipes.

 

You can also make changes that are both eco-friendly and economically sound when it

comes to food. These mainly involve maximizing leftovers and minimizing waste. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that people end up throwing away 30 percent of the groceries they buy. Storing food in air-tight, glass containers labeled with a date can help decrease how much of your food—and money—winds up in the trash.

 

A few more easy ways to save some green while going green:

 

  • Drink tap water. Tap water is just as good as or better than bottled. If you need water on the go, invest in some good reusable water bottles.
  • Eat less meat. Your grocery money will go further.
  • Buy in bulk, especially for non-perishables like paper products.
  • Avoid single-serving prepackaged foods. To make your own single-serving snacks, put chips, nuts or cookies in reusable containers or bags.

 

Consider what you can do with all the money you save: Add extra dollars to your emergency fund or save more for retirement. We know that since women generally live longer than men and can struggle to make ends meet later in life, every little bit helps. Helping yourself while helping the environment is a win-win.

 

 

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