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Five Ways to Go Green and Save $500 a Month

Challenged by the current financial crisis and recessionary woes? While the world is watching Wall Street, many of us are struggling to preserve our own checkbook on Main Street.

There doesn’t appear to be a quick fix for the economy, but there are some things you can start doing today that will have a real impact on your personal finances as well as the health of the environment.

We’ve found five easy changes that you can make which will save you $500 or more each month, all while helping to conserve energy and reduce waste.

How to Find a Green Job

Finding a green job can be difficult, but rewarding. Here is a list of resources to search for a green job.

Where to start:

U.S. Recovery Act Awards $100 Million in Green Job Training Grants

The U.S. government is distributing $100 million in green job training grants to 25 projects throughout the country, including $28 million going to communities impacted by auto industry restructuring.

The grants, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are supporting projects to help unemployed and dislocated workers, veterans, women and minorities find jobs in green industries.

85% of Americans Expect to Reduce Household Energy Use in 2010

Americans say they are resolved to improve household energy consumption and recycling, according to a survey by Tiller LLC.

About 85 percent of those polled said they were at least “somewhat likely” to reduce household energy consumption next year, while 84 percent said they expected to recycle more.

Here are some other findings:

- 76 percent said they expected to purchase more from environmentally responsible companies

USPS Awards $28.5 Million Energy Efficiency Contracts to Lime Energy

Lime Energy has received three contracts, worth up to $28.5 million, to improve the energy efficiency of United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities along the East Coast.

The company has already provided about $30 million worth of work for the USPS over the past six years.

Carbon Trading May Reach $395B in 2014

The connection between carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and the carbon emissions trading market is growing, as carbon credits accrued from CCS plants will be traded at carbon exchanges, generating more revenue for CCS project developers, according to a new report from ABI Research.

First Solar opens utility-scale power plant

Solar module maker First Solar on Monday opened the largest photovoltaic solar power station in California, which the company plans to replicate in order to expand its utility business.

The plant in Blythe, Calif., which First Solar purchased from energy developer NRG, will have the capacity to generate 21 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power about 17,000 homes. It will supply electricity to Southern California Edison under a 20-year purchase power agreement.

California green jobs grow by 36%

California is one of the nation’s top green job producing states. This should come as no surprise, not only because of the state’s overall population, but also because California has always been a forward thinker when it comes to environmental legislation. A new report from Next 10 shows that green jobs increased by 36 percent in the state between 1995 and 2008 compared to overall job growth of only 13 percent.

AT&T Forms Sustainability Advisory Council

Fresh off hiring an energy director to help it reduce its carbon footprint, AT&T now is moving ahead with the creation of a sustainability advisory council.
The new business advisory council will be comprised of AT&T staff, as well as third parties including the Carbon Disclosure Project, Cisco Systems, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the University of Colorado Denver, and University of Texas at Austin, according to a press release.

Green Policies in California Generated Jobs, Study Finds

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s energy-efficiency policies created nearly 1.5 million jobs from 1977 to 2007, while eliminating fewer than 25,000, according to a study to be released Monday.