Consumers: Adopting Greener Behaviors Or Just Cheap?

This month, Consumer Reports is publishing the results of a survey of American adults asking about their adoption of “green” behaviors. Interesting, right? However, we can’t help but wonder whether some of these behaviors are more about saving money than saving the planet.

Here are some of the actions they asked about:

  • Drinking tap water instead of bottled
  • Running full loads in the dishwasher
  • Using a programmable thermostat
  • Buying fresh food from a farmer’s market
  • Line-drying clothes

Of course, household behaviors that save both money and resources are a classic win-win situation, so we’re not complaining. But how do you save money in ways that also save energy or waste, and could also be perceived as green?

Shades of green [Consumer Reports]
By the Numbers: U.S. consumers adopting some greener behaviors [Consumer Reports Home blog]

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