8 (Cheap) Ways to Help Save the Planet

It isn't always easy being green, but we've put together a list of simple ways to be environmentally friendly while padding your wallet. Check out more sexy ways to celebrate Earth Day.

1. Lose the Layers

The temperature is rising, but there's no need to crank up the A/C. Instead, crack a window, strip down to a camisole, and savor the fresh spring air. Get inspired with these easy, breezy new styles.

2. Pay Bills Online

If you think paying bills online is just about saving money on stamps, think again. Snail mail is a major drain on natural resources, from trees to the fossil fuels needed to send those envelopes all over the country. Enroll in an online bill-paying program with your bank and reserve your mailbox paper for magazines and love letters.

3. Green Your Laundry

As a rule of thumb, cotton, Lycra, and nylon fabrics don't need to be washed in hot water. Since 90% of the energy used by washing machines is used to heat the water, you'll save a ton of power (and lower your electric bill) by turning the dial to cold. Make these painless switches to save even more cash.

4. Buy Vintage

Shopping for clothes and accessories at vintage and resale shops is a win-win for the environment andyour wardrobe. At Buffalo Exchange and eBay you can even trade in your old clothes for cash. While you're at it, stock up on these eco-friendly beauty products.

5. Ditch the Gym

Treadmills and elliptical machines are total energy-zappers, not to mention a boring way to burn calories. Cancel your gym membership and head outdoors for a run or walk. Revamp your workout with Cosmo's Bikini Boot Camp. Bonus: You'll save gas and time by starting your workout at your front door.

6. Be a Biker Babe

Cycling to work may be a stretch, but paring down to two wheels on the weekends is a fun and chic way to conserve gas - especially in the summer months, when the cost of fuel tends to spike.

7. Drink Smart

Bottled water is a luxury no one can afford right now, especially the planet - about 90% of all plastic bottles wind up in landfills. At about $2 a pop, you'll be amazed at what you save if you kick the habit. Ready to save even more money? Practice these simple tips and you'll have an extra $250 at the end of a month.

8. Call Shotgun

Splitting the cost of gas by carpooling can save major green at the pump and on car maintenance. If you live in a large city, consider ditching your car altogether and joining a car-sharing service such as Zipcar or Budget Frequent Renter.

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