Here's another reason to hate getting bills: all that paperwork is harming the environment.
There's an easy way to find out just how much impact you're mail is making. A "green calculator" on the Web site PayItGreen.org calculates the carbon footprint of your financial paperwork.
A study done by the web site estimates that a family could save 6.6 pounds of paper each year by switching to electronic billing and statements. This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 171 pounds annually.
Fore the planet
At most golf courses, it's all about getting the ball on the green. Now, golf courses are getting more concerned about getting green in all aspects.
Golf Digest launched its first Green Star Awards for 15 resorts around the country that are considered "outstanding environmental leaders in golf." The magazine said that resorts have the biggest challenge because they are most in the public eye and are expected to have the most innovative ideas when it comes to going green.
Florida had the most green golf resorts with three. California, Oregon, and Michigan each have two in this list.
To view a full list of courses and the reasons behind the choices, visit www.golfdigest.com.
Paying for plastic
CVS pharmacies are paying customers to ditch the plastic bags.
Customers can purchase a GreenBagTag for 99 cents at any CVS.
Each time a customer decides not to take a plastic bag for their purchase, the tag is scanned. After every four transactions with the tag, the customer receives $1 in Extra Care Rewards, which works like cash and can be used to purchase many products in the store.
You can find out more about how the Extra Care program works at www.cvs.com/CVSApp/user/extracare/extracare.jsp.
Not just hot air
New Jersey has set big goals for wind generation, but a neighboring state is actually making large strides in harnessing the power of wind for alternative energy generation.
A report released by the American Wind Energy Association, or AWEA, ranks Pennsylvania as the state with the second-fastest growth in wind power in the third quarter of 2008.
Pennsylvania saw a 29 percent increase in wind energy generation between July and September last year, bringing capacity to 595 megawatts, or enough electricity to power 178,500 homes. Arizona had the highest rate of growth.
To view the entire report, visit www.awea.org.
Apartment tenants might feel like they have little control over how environmentally friendly their living conditions might be.
Now, there's a push to get supers to join into the green movement.
One Year, One Thousand Green Supers, which is approved by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Performance Institute, is a 40-hour class that provides building service workers with the latest, state-of-the-art practices in energy efficient operations.
The curriculum trains workers to identify and address wasted energy, create a green operating plan and perform cost-benefit analysis for building owners and managers.
The programs provide 150,000 hours of industry, academic, and computer courses at over 20 locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.