Green It : Happy Earth Day

What are YOU planning on doing for Earth Day? You don't have to be a hardcore Green activisit to help save the planet. It just takes a few choices at a time. Here are a couple of tips on how to save green by going green. Tips can also be found in your My2Cents Spring newsletter.

Drink It: Bottle your water at home by using a filter and a reusable bottle. We go through millions of plastic water bottles a year- If the bottles you buy in a store cost you $1 each, your reusable version will pay for itself in about 8 uses!

Plant It:  You may be aware that planting trees help the earth by creating oxygen for us to breathe. What you may not have known is by adding trees to the south, west, and east side of your house helps keep your home in the shade, thus keeping it cooler. When your house is cooler, the home cooling costs can be reduced up to 25%.

Double It:  Print on both sides of your paper if at all possible to reduce your consumption. Better yet, store your files and emails onto your computer and read PDFs online instead- that way you're not using any paper at all.

Eat It: While going organic may be ideal, it may not always be the most cost-effective way to eat. Instead, try eating fruits and vegetables from your local farmer's market. Consider vegetables that are grown regionally & locally. Many of your foods come from all over the world so if you think about it, they have traveled millions of miles just to end up on your plate. If you're living in Florida, the oranges and grapefruits you eat are most likely cheaper and have traveled less miles than if you get them from California.

Unplug It: Have you heard of "phantom" or "vampire" energy use? Phantom energy refers to the wasteful electricity your appliances use when they're not in use. Unplug appliances when you're not using them or use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off to reduce your impact.

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