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Bankrate's 2007 Living Green, Saving Green Guide
Green today
Learn 153 ways to be eco-friendly while saving green.
Green today
153 ways to go green
Leisure: Short term
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Tip 106:
Take a guilt-free cruise.
Yes, marine diesel still has to turn those enormous propellers, but a few cruise ships are boldly exploring the potential for "greener" seas. Holland America's Alaskan cruise ship Zaandam has added a $1.5 million salt water "scrubber" to detoxify its engine emissions. Taking a different approach, Australia's Clean Cruising company plants sufficient trees per passenger to make your voyage carbon-neutral.
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A seven-night Alaskan cruise on the Zaandam will run you $2,340 to $2,710 per person. Clean Cruising's tree planting is free.
Tip 107:
Carry your golf clubs.
Forget driving to the greens: These days, carts are definitely déclassé. It's hip to walk the course, carrying or pulling your own clubs. In fact, Tiger Woods felt so strongly about it that The Cliffs at High Carolina, his first American golf course design near Ashville, N.C., will prohibit carts altogether.
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Save the $10-$25 cart fee for the 19th hole.
Tip 108:
Choose paddle or sail power.
For guilt-free boating, consider a kayak, canoe or inflatable raft for a good cardio workout, or a sailboat or sailboard for a little help from the wind. Added plus: With the exception of some sailboats, you'll save a bundle of green over a motorboat.
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At REI.com, kayaks run from $300 to $3,000, canoes from $550 to $1,050 and inflatables from $70 to $110. Sailboards start at around $1,000; sailboats at $2,000.
Tip 109:
Take an eco-tour.
For a conscientious vacation, try an eco-tour. These earth-friendly getaways seek to enhance awareness of our natural world, promote conservation, minimize impact and provide a positive experience for guests and hosts. Some even put you to work improving the local ecosystem. The International Ecotourism Society and Australia's Green Globe are good places to get started.
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According to the Travel Industry Association of America, North American consumers are willing to pay $1,000 to $1,500 more for an ecologically responsible getaway.
Tip 110:
Seek 'green' lodging.
Business travelers and beach-bound hedonists can decamp in "green" comfort, thanks to the growing number of urban hotels, luxury resorts and lodgings that are minding their carbon footprint. For an extensive list of hotels verified by readers, visit EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com. For a shorter but growing list of lodgings that participate in the Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program, visit Terrachoice.com.
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Zero. The hospitality industry actually saves money by adopting "green" practices.
Tip 111:
Use rechargeable batteries.
The average person owns about two button batteries and 10 more common (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) batteries. Some 3 billion batteries are sold annually in the U.S., averaging about 32 per family or 10 per person. Americans throw out approximately 179,000 TONS of batteries per year. The problem isn't just the amount of the waste but the mercury, lead and other toxic chemicals that batteries contain.
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While it's true that rechargeable batteries cost more to purchase, you'll save money over the long run. A single rechargeable battery can replace up to 1,000 single-use alkaline batteries over its lifetime. Most rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 times.
Tip 112:
Buy soft drinks in a cup.
Whenever possible, buy soda from a fountain in a paper cup instead of in a can or plastic bottle. You'll reduce the amount of aluminum cans and plastic bottles wasted. More paper (48 percent) is recycled and recovered to make new products than aluminum soda cans (43.9 percent) or plastic soda bottles (25 percent).
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Buying drinks from a fountain usually costs a little more than bottled drinks but that difference is more than offset if you get one or more refills which are usually free.
Tip 113:
Use digital cameras.
Some 686 million rolls of film are processed each year and the solutions used the make the prints often contain hazardous chemical that require special treatment and disposal.
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Digital cameras continue to become more affordable and the savings on film -- depending on how many photos you take -- can be significant.
-- Posted: Oct. 4, 2007
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