Friday, November 27, 2009

Let's read!

Many people, myself included, read the newspaper in the morning. Many people also own a computer. Why not read the newspaper on your computer?

Surprisingly, only three percent of newspaper reading is done online. Most newspapers have their own Web sites. Their Web sites contain the same articles as the print edition.

You can make a strong argument that reading a paper copy of the newspaper is better for the environment. Here is a fascinating argument about the environmental impact of a google search, something someone can do to find the Web site for a newspaper. Here is an argument that promotes reading the newspaper online.

I think reading the newspaper online is a great way to go green to save green. The amount of energy necessary to run a desktop or laptop computer is minimal, so you are doing your part to help the environment. Plus, you will save money.

Reading the newspaper online is free if you already have an Internet connection. Plus, you don't have to worry about the other costs associated with print editions. I have two examples to illustrate how you will save time and money reading the online edition of the newspaper.

Do you get the newspaper delivered to your home? If so, you not only pay for the subscription, but you may also tip the person delivering the newspaper. I'm sure the paperboy or papergirl appreciates your gratuity, but the tips can add up quick. In today's economy, every cent counts.

Do you buy the newspaper at the store? You may drive to the store to get the newspaper, which costs you money for gas. You can also walk or bike to the store, but this may take longer. You can save time and money by reading the newspaper online.

To those of you who still enjoy ruffling through the pages of a newspaper, not to worry. Here is a link to find discounted newspaper delivery rates in your area.

If you decide to read a newspaper online, enjoy it while it lasts. The Wall Street Journal already charges online readers for content. It may be only a matter of time before other newspapers do the same.

What do you think? Do you prefer to read the print edition or the online edition of the newspaper? Is it an effective way to go green to save green? Please do not hesitate to voice your opinion!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Let’s get digital!

It's not easy being green, especially during the winter months. Heating one's home or apartment is expensive. However, there is a simple way to beat the cold and to save money on heat: install a digital thermostat.

What is a the benefit to installing a digital thermostat? Digital thermostats are programmable. With a digital, programmable thermostat, you can automatically turn the heat down in your home or apartment when you are not there. This allows you to save money, to conserve energy, and to fight global warming. You're truly going green to save green!

Installing a digital, programmable thermostat is not difficult. There are video instructions available online. If you do not like video instructions, here are written instructions you can follow.

Once you install your new thermostat, it will be only a matter of time before you see the savings. Here is a video that breaks down the benefits and savings of installing a digital, programmable thermostat. In addition, a buyer's guide is helpful to picking the digital, programmable thermostat that suits your needs.

Hopefully, you'll consider installing a digital, programmable thermostat in your home. If you install one, let me know how much you save. I assure you, the savings will be significant. Plus, once you install your new thermostat, you'll be doing your part by going green to save green!

Program your thermostat and prepare to save!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Let's Recharge!

Here's a simple way to save money while going green: using rechargeable batteries.

Are rechargeable batteries cost-effective? Yes, but you will not see an immediate return on your investment. Initially, you will need to purchase not only the rechargeable batteries, but also the battery charger. The rechargeable batteries and the battery charger are sold together, so the cost will be greater than a package of disposable batteries. The total cost will vary depending on the size of the batteries, how many batteries you need, and where you purchase the rechargeable batteries and battery charger.

Discounts are available. Saving money is critical in today's economy, so searching for savings on rechargeable batteries is necessary to find the best value. Searching local advertisements is definitely helpful. In addition, many websites offer coupons and discounts on rechargeable batteries if you buy them online. Occasionally, stores will match or beat online coupons and discounts as well.

Purchasing rechargeable batteries is a long-term investment; even with coupons and discounts, you will not see significant immediate savings. However, unlike many long-term investments, purchasing rechargeable batteries is a risk-free investment that is proven to be cost-effective. My best advice: be patient. If you have the patience, you will reap the rewards of your investment.

If you're like me, you want to be sure your investment is the best choice. You might wonder, "Which rechargeable battery works best?", and "Which rechargeable batteries should I buy?" Online reviews are great resources to find the best rechargeable batteries available. Knowledge is power! The more information you have before you make your purchase, the better.

Rechargeable batteries will not only recharge your wallet, but also help protect our environment. Disposable batteries contribute to hazardous waste in landfills. In addition, they contribute to pollution in lakes and streams. By purchasing rechargeable batteries, you save money and reduce hazardous waste in landfills. You are going green to save green!

Rechargeable batteries are a solid long-term investment. They work well, save us money, and reduce waste in landfills. Who says we can't go green to save green?

Charge on!

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