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Earn Money By Going Green

Being good to the environment can also be good for your wallet. Here’s how you—and your kids—can make money while saving the Earth!

By Tara Rummell Berson

Cash in on using less energy.
Check out, an online community that's free to join and actually pays you for lowering your energy bills. After you create your profile, the service will prompt you to enter your electric and heat usage over the last year, and will offer some tips on how to reduce it. After that, you’ll enter your energy utility usage once a month, and MyEex will calculate your reduction in carbon emissions and tell you how much you’re saving and earning on “personal carbon credits.” Your credits are then sold on the international carbon market, and you can either earn cash that they can deposit right into your PayPal account, or you can donate the credits to an organization of your choice.

Get a check for your old cell phone.
Don’t chuck your old phone. Recycle it for cash and ensure the phone’s pollutants don’t end up in a landfill. Visit, enter your phone’s model number, and then find out how much it’s worth. Your next step is to print out the prepaid shipping label, package it up and voila—a check will be sent to you or a charitable foundation of your choice within 30 days.

Help kids raise “green” funds for their school.
A number of green organizations offer easy fundraising opportunities for schools and non-profits. For example, register your child’s school with Greenraising ( and the company will send it 25% of all sales when people name it as the beneficiary on purchases. For a more hands-on approach, suggest a class project like recycling empty ink jet cartridges in exchange for cash. Besides learning to take care of our environment, kids do teamwork, project planning, and money management.

Tara Rummell Berson is a freelance writer who lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband, two kids, and dog.


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