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Go Green! It’s a no-brainer investment.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s likely you’re already “gone green” with your attire to avoid getting pinched. Why not go green with in other aspects of life? You’ve probably spent plenty of time thinking about how to invest your money, but how often have you considered investing in the environment?

Global warming is a pressing issue, especially in the U.S. Although our country makes up only 4.5% of the world population, we account for over 20% of the planet’s carbon emissions! The good news is every individual has the power to drastically reduce their carbon footprint. By making small lifestyle changes today, we ultimately invest in a greener tomorrow. Let’s start treating the earth like the asset it is and taking action!

At home:

  • Install a programmable thermostat so you can set the temperature to automatically lower at night and while you are away.
  • Replace outdated appliances with energy-efficient models; look for appliances with an Energy Star label.
  • Use the microwave instead of the oven or stove – it uses much less energy.
  • Use cold water when washing your laundry. If you want to take it up a notch, let your clothes air dry.
  • Cut down on paper mail by signing up for e-statements.
  • Ditch the paper and plastic and shop with reusable cloth bags instead. This will also save you a few bucks every time you shop, since some retailers charge up to $1.00 per bag.
  • Change the air filters in your heating and cooling systems regularly.

With your car:

  • Carpool, rideshare or utilize public transportation when it’s available.
  • Bike or walk to nearby places.
  • Invest in a hybrid and use 75% less gas than a traditional vehicle.
  • Accelerate and drive slower to reduce fuel consumption and cost.
  • Keep your vehicle well serviced to maintain an efficient engine.

At work:

  • Recycle ink cartridges, computers and other office appliances.
  • Print documents double-sided and recycle all paper waste.
  • Bring a bag lunch and store your food in reusable containers.
  • Turn off and unplug your computer every day.

If a single person can make a difference, think of the impact we all can make when working together. Making small changes today will make for a better tomorrow and allow future generations to enjoy this planet as much as we do. Think of this investment as a different kind of green, the Earth!

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