Summer Recession Tips: Save Money, Stay Cool, Save The Planet (SLIDESHOW)

06/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Did you know that you have the power to decrease production of carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases by thousands of pounds this summer?

Who cares, right?!

If you're like most Americans, you don't give a (insert expletive here). Astronomical gas prices, the mortgage meltdown and staying cool through record temperatures are of a higher concern.

But here's a jolt of motivation this recession-riddled summer: SAVING MONEY. Yes, the numbers are in and it turns out you can save cash--a lot of it--by adopting just a few eco-habits. From turning off the lights to using a fan to keeping the AC fine-tuned and humming, there are plenty of no-brainer ways to eco-nomize through the summer months.

What's more, you also stand to help the planet. And even though you don't really care doesn't it feel good to pretend you do?

Summer Recession Tips: Save Money, Stay Cool, Save the Planet