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Commuters: Be Green and Frugal
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With the recent spike in gas prices, conservation and gas credit cards are among the tools you can use to control costs and carbon emissions.
You may feel you’re forced to choose between being environmentally conscientious and staying within your budget. Well, you’re in luck. When it comes to transportation, you can often have your cake and eat it too. When you reduce your travel-related greenhouse gas emissions, you usually are being thrifty as well. It’s a win-win.
Transportation is the second largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; the electric power industry is number one. The focus here is transportation because as an individual, it is the sector in which you have the most control.
“We recommend that consumers attack this problem on two fronts: by ‘going green’ and choosing credit cards that offer cash back for gas purchases,” said Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey. “Many people think they must choose between saving money and saving the planet, but our new infographic, The Green and Frugal Consumer, shows you can reduce your gasoline bill and your carbon emissions.”
Motorists can save significant sums by using gas rewards cards, said Tran. The rewards cards offer cash back for buying gas, usually ranging from two percent to three percent of the purchase. Because the average family spends about $2,132 a year on gas, this translates into annual savings of $42 to $63. Setting aside a rewards card just for gas can also help you manage your budget and your credit, since these cards often get better cash-back percentages on gasoline than anything else.
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(Research by Kelly; Graphic Design by Estefan)
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