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Five Ways to Go Green This St. Patrick’s Day!

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I don’t have a lot of green in my wardrobe, but why is it that the only day I should grab that green t-shirt in my closet, I forget??  On St. Patrick’s Day, this leads to lots of unwanted pinches for those who are just looking for people not wearing green.  Well, this year, I forgot again (ouch!), but hopefully these five ways to stay green will give me some ammo as to why I shouldn’t get pinched. 

 

Check these out:

1.       Recycle.  I know most of you are already recycling your aluminum cans, paper, and glass, but whatever you do, don’t toss your old electronics in the trash.  There are several retail stores out there like Office Depot and Staples who offer recycling services.  If you don’t have one of these retail stores near you, check out local recycling facilities who participate.

2.       Show your auto some LUV.  Be sure to take your car in for routine checkups to improve your fuel economy.  Also, check your air filter to make sure it’s fresh to increase your gas mileage.  Find more helpful tips on energy efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy.

3.       Browse the Internet.  Pay your bills online and save not only the paper your creditor has to send you, but a stamp and that check out of your wallet.  I use mycheckfree.com to pay several of my bills all in one place.  Or, if you’re wanting to send someone a message from a Leprechaun, take advantage of Hallmark’s online greeting cards (lots of them are free!).

4.       Power down your computer.  The sleep mode on your computer can reduce energy by 60 percent, but powering down is even better.  How about this savings—a high-end computer left on 24/7 would cost about $405 per year versus about $5.50 to run a lesser-energy computer for two hours per day.  Think I’ll start powering down.

5.       Paper or plastic? How about neither.  Those cloth or canvas bags typically only cost about $0.99, plus, you can usually carry a lot more in them without worrying about your groceries falling out of your bag on the way to the car.  Just keep some in trunk, and grab them on your way into the store!

What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day to be Green (other than drinking green beer or looking for that four-leafed clover)?  Let us know by posting your comments below.  DING!  You are now free to be Green!