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SmartMoney Monday: Going green on a budget

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In honor of Earth Day on April 22, all this April, every Smart Money Monday segment will help us learn how to make every day Earth Day. Today we're going to learn all the inexpensive things you can do to go green on a budget.There are so many ways to help the environment that cost nothing except adopting some new habits.

A good place to start is by turning off the lights when you leave the room. Many appliances use energy even when they're not "on." So consider unplugging or using a power strip to turn off when appliances such as televisions, VCR/DVDs, stereos, computers, coffee pots and cell phone chargers are not in use.

Also, don't let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Use water saving shower heads and take shorter showers. Get in, scrub, get out. Using ceiling fans helps to cut down on using the air conditioner. Wash clothes on a cold setting and only run full loads. Also, dry two or more loads of laundry in a row to take advantage of the heat that's still in the dryer from the previous load.

A big one is to check to make sure you don't have any leaks. Check for leaky faucets, toilets, and air duct leaks. Also make sure you have enough refrigerant in your fridge. Don't open your fridge a million times trying to decide what to eat. Decide what you want in the fridge then just go get it.

So, it doesn't take rocket science or money to save energy. Turn off lights, take shorter showers, fix leaks, turn off appliances and quit staring into fridge like a zombie. Believe it or not, that really will go a long way.

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