12 ways to go green on a budget

A recent Earth Day survey from consumer website RetailMeNot revealed that 94 percent of Americans would purchase green products. When asked the top reasons we have for not living a completely “green” lifestyle, 42 percent of respondents said because it is too expensive. Seven in ten consumers (70 percent) will only consider buying “green” products if they cost the same as or less than non-green products.

Most people said they would be more willing to buy energy-efficient appliances and electronics or environmentally friendly water bottles than items such as solar panels and hybrid vehicles.

Those are pretty major purchases (except water bottles), but it is possible to start small and still make changes. In recognition of Earth Day, here are 12 things you can do (one per month) to live a greener life by the end of a year … without spending more money.

Be sure to check these freebies/discounts and events for Earth Day.