Small Changes Save Money

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes
Instead of a fuel tank door and gas cap, the WF-120 has a plug that can be charged using any standard 120 volt AC wall socket.

Instead of a fuel tank door and gas cap, the WF-120 has a plug that can be charged using any standard 120 volt AC wall socket.

Many Americans are feeling squeezed because of the economy. The good news is, doing your part to take care of the environment often helps save money. Here are a few simple ways to live a little greener while keeping the green in your pocket.

Just about everything with a power adapter or stand-by function draws power when not in use. It's called "phantom power" and combined it sucks around 8 gigawatts of power every year across the world. So unplug those devices when your not using them.

And check out what steps companies are taking. Starbuck's "Grounds for Your Garden" program offers free spent coffee grounds to customers on a first come basis- perfect for adding nitrogen to your garden.

Around the house, choose energy efficient appliances, wash your clothes in cold water and make the switch to compact florescent bulbs.

During World War II, Americans lived by the adage: Use It All; Wear It Out; Make It DO; or Go Without. It just might be timely advice as we ride this latest economic roller coaster to greener pastures.


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