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Earth Day 2015 - Save Green by Going Green

Apr 17, 2015

On April 22 each year, 192 countries participate in Earth Day celebrations to show support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day demonstrations happened in New York City and right here in Philadelphia. It brought 20 million Americans out to host peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. On its 45th anniversary this year, PFCU invites you to learn how to be both ecologically responsible and save money.

How can you Celebrate Earth Day in 2015 and save money? 

Use these tips to help save you money, while you help save the Earth:

Skip Bottled Water

Only one out of five water bottles are recycled. The rest sit in landfills and take over 1,000 years to biodegrade. Statistics show that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the United States become litter. Help the environment and your wallet by switching to reusable aluminum bottles when traveling or going to work. The recommended eight glasses of water per day, at U.S. tap rates, equals about $49 per year. That same amount of bottled water is about $1,400, so making this small switch could save you big time.

Unplug Electronics

Electronics that use power even when they’re not turned on cost Americans almost $10 billion per year, according to the EPA. These energy vampires account for nearly 11% of all U.S. energy use. To save money, either unplug your cords or opt for a power strip that can be shut off when not in use. This will reduce your home’s impact on the environment’s fossil fuels and save you money with little to no hassle to you.

Recycle Old Electronics

More than 2 million tons of obsolete electronic products are thrown away in America annually. Instead of filling a dump with your unwanted electronics, fill your wallet with cash! Various places online will offer money in exchange for unwanted gadgets. If no sites will accept yours, you can choose to recycle or donate them to responsible electronics recyclers. Keeping electronics out of landfills by recycling them will reduce the environmental impacts and energy demands that come from mining and manufacturing new ones. 


We know that for most Americans, biking to work isn’t feasible; however, finding a co-worker to carpool with can be. Carpooling reduces the amount of cars on the road and the amount of pollution being emitted. It can also save you money because you can split the cost of gas with your co-worker. The average American household spent $2,600 on gas last year. By carpooling five days a week, you could nearly split your gas costs in half this year. 

By using one or all of these tips, you can do your part to celebrate Earth Day and reduce your yearly spending. It’s a win-win.

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