365 ways to save the world.

For Christmas this year I received the greatest gift. My co-worker gave me a desk calendar that has a great earth saving tip on it for each day of the year. How cool is that? Of course I take the entire extra sheet home to recycle them so my little calendar is green all the way around.

Here are some great money- and Earth-saving topics my new present taught me. These are especially relevant with the cold weather settling in for what looks to be a long stay.

The easiest ways to cut your heating bill:

When you feel chilly, warm yourself first, instead of the whole room. Put on a sweater while watching TV or get up and exercise! Put an extra blanket on the bed at night; don't turn up the thermostat. Optimal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your heat down 10 15 degrees to save around 10 percent per year on your heating bill. Take advantage of the heat from the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.