- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It’s possible to go green without going broke, at least according to Treehugger.com, a Web site devoted to “driving sustainability mainstream.” Here are six green tips that Treehugger.com says can save up to $1,000 a year:

• Hang-dry your laundry. Particularly with spring’s sunnier, warmer days, use free solar power.

• Eat more veggies. Fresh veggies and fruit are much cheaper per pound than meat and are less taxing on the environment to produce. Besides, eating them can have a slimming effect.

• Watch the thermostat. Setting your thermostat correctly can save close to $200 a year. Follow the tips at www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=thermostats.pr_thermostats.

• Work a four-day week. Working four (longer) days instead of five (shorter) days will save 20 percent on commuting costs. Now, go convince your boss!

• Walk or bike. Try walking or biking on one two-mile round trip a week. When going to the corner store or local gym, why not walk or take the bike instead of jumping in the car?

• Make your own all-purpose cleaner. Instead of using expensive cleaning products, make your own. Try using 25 cents’ worth of baking soda, 25 cents’ worth of white vinegar or lemon juice and maybe a touch of essential oil.

- Gabriella Boston

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