Earth Day -- Going Green on the Cheap

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It seems "going green" is all the rage these days.

You see it on television, in newspapers, and in advertisements.

But what exactly can the "average Joe" do to help the environment?

Things like solar panels and an eco-friendly car can cost you a pretty penny.

It's enough to make you think going green is just for the rich and famous?

Experts say, think again.

"Green Expert" Neil Wertheimer says there are little things the average household can do to go green and save some green as well.

"All the little things, exactly how to do them, that over time can save you ten dollars a day, fifty to a hundred dollars a week, thousands a year," Wertheimer said.

One of the first things you can do to go green in your house, and it won't cost you a dime, is to unplug appliances that aren't in use.

Even things like curling irons or electric razors should stay out of the wall to save a little cash.

Appliances still plugged into the outlet, but turned off or not in use take up what's called vampire energy.

It literally sucks the power from your outlets.

The average household spends about a thousand dollars a year in unused energy.

The age of of "going green" has even stretched into the WTVM newsroom.

Internet producer Fadell Pitts saved $30 on her power bill last month, by mostly reducing her energy vampires.

"Even my coffee maker, which I don't even make coffee all that often, but it still has a clock on it, so I unplugged it from the wall because it was taking up energy," Pitts said.