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Earth Day Every Day Saves You Money

Earth Day…

On the first Earth Day I “celebrated” with my kids a friend, her 5-year old son, my 5-year old son, 1-year old daughter in a stroller and I went into a little tiny strip of wilderness area that stretched along side a street we used to frequently walk along, and we picked up the trash.  I can’t recall how many bags full of garbage we collected, but we were astonished at how much there had been in such a small space, and the kids were really proud that the work they did would help keep the little forest they knew so well healthier and more beautiful. Unfortunately, the following year, the little forest was full of litter and trash again, which I found so discouraging I didn’t have the heart to show my little son how fruitless his previous year’s noble efforts had been, and I hit the wall of disillusionment in the Earth-day clean-up activity arena, so instead, I think we planted a tree that year for Earth Day.

Littering is a huge pet-peeve of mine.  I wish it was for more people out there.  Not only is it an immense eye-sore, but litter presents personal health and world wide environmental pollution hazards, and even though I hadn’t even considered this 20 years ago, now I know that it  filters through our whole economy, creating a tremendous impact on national budgets, taxes, fees, and real estate values… all of which are paid for by YOU… it all ends up coming right out of YOUR wallet.

Bag Monster Blog, a site devoted to eliminating plastic bag use, quotes Heal The Bay, an environmental group dedicated to cleaning and sustaining the Santa Monica Bay in Southern California, who sites the following statistics: The total cost of litter collection, disposal and enforcement in the U.S. is estimated to be at least $11.5 BILLION annually. Businesses bear the burden of this cost, spending $9.1 BILLION annually and representing 79.5% of the total cost of litter abatement. Just consider for a second the lower prices we might be appreciating if business didn’t have to foot such an enormous bill, and what amazing, wonderful, and productive things might be accomplished with that money!

Placing trash in trash bins instead of littering will reduce these costs, but recycling further reduces expenditures, and is even more ecologically sound — and re-using and re-purposing promotes all around further savings.  Check the fascinating recycling facts posted on A Recycling Revolution.

While my experience with cleaning up that little neighborhood woodlands was a bit discouraging, it did not hamper my caring about the the fragility of our planet, and along with cost-consciousness, an eco-consciousness has found its way into just about everything I do.  I still have a long way to go, and it may feel daunting at times but , unlike 20 years ago, now it is easy to find resources, like EarthDay.org, and Keep America Beautiful, that are devoted to making it easier for us keep the world healthier, cleaner, safer, and more beautiful, while keeping our our wallets happier too!

Jamie, SLTV

Catch these Money-Saving and Earth-Friendly Related Videos:

Being Frugal:  The Original sustainability? – Author of The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better, Chris Farrell

Cleaners, Make Your Own – Kimberly Danger, founder of Mommysavers

Clothes Swap – Melissa Massello of Shoestring Magazine & Amy Chase of Punkystyle Blog

Energy Efficiency Tips - Host of “House Smarts” TV show, Lou Manfredini

Freecycling: Household Items for Free - coordinator for Freecycle New York City, Christina Salvi

Gasoline Money: Inflate Tires & Save - Global energy products and eco blog, Eco 20-20

Grow an Organic Garden: Save Money - Research editor of Organic Gardening Magazine, Pam Ruch

House Cost Saving Tips, Eco-Friendly - Interior designer, Libby Langdon

Household Eco Products Save Money - Josh Dorfman, host of The Lazy Environmentalist TV show

Live Richly & Frugal Forever – Founder of the Tightwad Gazette, and Frugal For Life blog, Amy Dacyzyn

Refrigerator & Freezer Eco & Savings Tips – Home enviornmentalist expert, Danny Seo

Shop Organic Money Saving Tips - Author of Georgously Green and TV host, Sophie Uliano

Uncle Sam Sells Cheap, All About Gov’t. Auctions - Stacey Johnson host of Money Talks News

World Travel for Free While Helping to Grow the Organic Movement - World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farms,  WWOOF

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Make Every Day Arbor Day, Tips to Save Trees and Money

U.S. National Arbor Day:  The Last Friday in April 

The beauty of trees alone is enough reason for us to want to surround ourselves with as many trees as possible, but it’s not the only reason.

Here are a few more reasons why surrounding yourself with trees is a good idea. From The ColoradoTrees.org article, Benefits of Trees in Urban Areas:

  • Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and give out oxygen. A healthy tree stores about 13 pounds of carbon annually. An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
  • Trees also filter other gaseous pollutants from the air. There is up to a 60% reduction in street level particulates when trees are present.
  • Trees prevent soil erosion and water run off.
  • They prevent harmful land pollutants contained in the soil from getting into our waterways.
  • They act as buffers to noise pollution.
  • They cool the earth with their shade. Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can have temperatures as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than surrounding areas.
  • They function as wind breaks for farms and our homes.
  • Trees enhance traffic safety; drivers tend to drive slower on tree-lined streets.
  • Trees increase property values.
  • They help reduce home energy use, which saves you money.

And, if all this isn’t enough to consider making tree preservation and planting a priority in our everyday lives, consider this: Trees reduce crime. In the April 1, 2011 edition of Bottomline Personal Newsletter we read:

  • Neighborhoods with large trees tend to have less crime than areas with smaller trees says Geoffrey H. Donovan, PhD, research forester, Portland Forestry Sciences Labratory, Oregon, and coauthor of a study of 431 crimes, published in Environment and Behavior.

You can easily help improve your town, neighborhood and home while also preventing the over harvesting of trees and destruction of forests. Here are some simple tips that you can use in your everyday life that will make a considerable difference. And… we happen to know that these tips will save you money, too!

 

Consider joining the The Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation’s purpose is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the non-profit Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. Their Web site features many helpful gardening and planting resources; one of our favorites pages is the one giving Free Landscape Design Plans. They also give more wonderful free material when you sign up for membership. Sign up starts at just $10. For that, you will receive discounts on purchases of trees and shrubs of up to 56%, a bi-monthly color newsletter, The Tree Book treasury on planting and caring for trees, AND IN ADDITION: Your choice of either - receiving TEN FREE TREES, or making a donation of ten trees in your name to a national forest in need.

Participate in or start a community tree planting program. Check with your local town or city government to find out if there is a tree planting program in your city and join in. Some towns will plant a tree for free at your curbside if you volunteer to water it. If there isn’t a program in your city, consider starting one. Find info. in this AmaricaForests.org aritcle: Create a Community Tree Planting Project.

About books: Go for used books or textbooks, check out books from your local library, or going digital with an e-book reader or program for your computer.

Go digital for subscriptions. Take online subscriptions for your news or magazines. Switch to online bill pay and banking.

Send a FAX directly from your computer.

Check for post-consumer recycled household paper goods like bath tissue, paper towels and printer paper.

Cut back on paper towels.Use rags instead of paper towels. You can use worn out sheets, t-shirts, sweatshirts and pants, pajamas, receiving and baby blankets, frayed bath towels can be cut down to make smaller towels.

Wrapping paper: Consider alternatives that can be reused: Fabric. Cloth drawstring bags. Dishtowels. Re-use existing wrapping paper, paper bags or newspaper. Look for post-consumer recycled wrapping paper.

Consider your wood furniture: You can save trees by refinishing furniture. When shopping for new furniture look for those made with recycled or reclaimed wood.  There are excellent tips in this article form PlanetGreen.com, Learn How to Find Eco-Friendly Wood Furniture.

Related videos:

  • Trees Cut Home Energy Costs - Home improvement expert Danny Lipford shows how trees cut 25% on your energy bill as well as beautify your home.
  • Reduce Home Heat & AC Bills - Tips to reduce your home heating and air conditioning bills, from planting trees to using eco friendly light bulbs and more from EnStar’s Bill Stack and Growing Wisdom’s Dave Epstein.
  • Eco Chic Gift Wrap & Packaging Ideas - Go creative & go eco when wrapping presents & getting packages ready for shipping. Creative, inexpensive, & practical green from eco expert, Rachel Avalon.

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Save More Money – Break the Bottled Water Habit

We’re joining in on change.org’s Blog Action Day - drawing attention to the issues surrounding WATER.

In the video, above, Jon Dee from “Tipping Point,” the Weather Channel Series, exposes the wasteful consumption of the bottled water habit. He also suggests some alternatives that will save you money.

Even though many people have access to clean water right from their taps, they spend huge amounts of money on drinking bottled water. The U.S.A. is the world’s largest bottled water consumers, spending over 4-Billion dollars each year on bottled water, which is an average of 200-plus bottles of water per person per year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, and as much as 86 percent of those bottles will never be recycled, which contributes enormously to the world’s pollution problem; and the money to pay for all that  comes directly out of your pocket.

Bottled water may not be as pure or as clean as you may think. Bacteria grows in purified water kept longer than 6 months in plastic bottles. Many companies bottling water use water directly from city water supplies, and simply put it through an additional filtering process, much like what you could easily do yourself at home.

So, how can you can avoid shelling out tons of your hard-earned money for bottled water – money that could be going toward growing your personal savings, or perhaps helping those who aren’t as fortunate – still drink clean water and help the planet while you’re at it? We say it’s simple!

Here are some easy pointers:

~ The HowStuffWorks.com article, “How Much Money Can I Save with A Water Filter,” reports that as an alternative to using bottled water for every drink, a family of four could save as much as $2,878.57 per year with the use of a simple home water filter.  Woa! Now, that’s what we at SpendLessTV.com call real savings.

~ An article for AssociatedContent.com explains what we now know to be true: Water bottles are designed for one-time use, and re-using these is not recommended because plastic used in bottled water leaches toxins into the water. We suggest you can avoid this by opting for re-usable lower toxicity plastic bottles or stainless steel or glass bottles. You’ll also be helping to keep landfills and oceans from overflowing with pollution from single-use plastic bottles.

~ If you must purchase the occasional plastic bottle of water, be aware that as of October 2010, there are 11 U.S. states that have container deposit laws where you are charged a deposit fee at the time of your purchase, and if you return the empty bottles to the market, you receive that deposit money back!  If there is no deposit required where you purchase water in plastic bottles, please help out the world and help lower clean-up costs by tosssing those bottles into a recycle bin instead of the trash.

The Blog Action Day Blog states that a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and every week 42,000 people die from unsafe water.  An Informative article by Tara Lohan, ”Annie Leonard Tackles Our Bottled Water Addiction“, suggests ways to become involved in the effort to help ensure clean and affordable drinking water for everyone.

Related Topics:

Video: Save Money Conserve Water - Open House shows easy water saving tips to be sure that you save money and that your home, inside and out, isn’t wasting any valuable water.

Article: Earth Day Every Day Saves You Money –  SLTV’s money and eco saving pointers and video links.

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