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Transcript: Myths about going green

Anchor Intro: Living green messages are everywhere we look these days, but there's a lot of misinformation about what's really green and what's not. In this edition of "Saving Green by Going Green," Bankrate.com takes a black-and-white look at some top myths about living green.

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Voice over 1: If you think going green can be expensive, tough to do, or lifestyle limiting, listen up! It's easy being green, when you erase some common myths from your mind.

Voice over 2: A simple change: Start buying only recycled paper products -- paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, printer paper. Recycled is cheaper and if everyone in the U.S. bought one pack of recycled napkins, that alone could save one million trees.

Voice over 3: Here's a free, simple step: If you use a computer built after the '90s, turn off the screen saver, and put your computer in "sleep" mode when you're not using it. You'll stop wasting energy, and can lower your power bill by about 50 bucks a year.

Voice over 4: The Natural Resources Defense Council says we just need to make smarter choices, like switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs. If we all did just that, we'd save billions a year on energy, and cut the need for 24 proposed power plants.

Standup: Here's one last myth: Keep that old refrigerator so it doesn't clog up a landfill. Well, that's good logic, except modern appliances can use up to 70 percent less power. Think about that. For Bankrate.com, I'm Kristin Arnold.

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-- Posted: Dec. 31, 2008
 
 
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