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    As the weather warms up, you may be cranking the air conditioning in order to beat the heat.

    Being a little more environmentally friendly can help you save money.While this can help, it can also cause your energy bill to skyrocket. You don't have to sacrifice your checking account in order to keep cool. Here are a few ways you can save money while staying environmentally conscious:

    Get new energy saving appliances
    While buying a new refrigerator may not seem like the best way to save money, investing in a new one that does not use as much energy can act as a great way to save for the future. Take a stroll through a department store one day and look for refrigerators, air conditioners or dishwashers that are designed to save energy. Buying new appliances may be a bit pricey upfront, but you'll see the savings reflected in your energy bill soon enough.

    Wash your own clothes
    Cutting out electricity entirely, of course, can be one of the best ways to save money. While you don't have to revert to pioneer days, skipping the washing machine can reduce your spending. Washers and dryers tend to use up a lot of energy and can be very costly to run. To help save a few extra bucks, try washing some of your clothes by hand and hanging them out to dry. If hand washing your entire wardrobe is a bit too much work for you, just skipping the dryer for a few loads can also go a long way toward reducing your energy bill.

    Shop for food in a new way
    Visiting the local farmers market can help you find fresh fruit and vegetables at a budget-friendly price, but if these markets are out of your way and you are using a lot of gas to get there, you may want to skip them. Instead, look at produce labels at the grocery store. Foregoing processed food and even cutting out meat from your meals can help you lead a healthier lifestyle and save in the process.

    Try new transportation methods
    Just as you use a lot of energy to cool you down, you probably have your air conditioning on at full blast in your car during those steamy summer months. Doing so can use up a lot of gas and you could find yourself headed to the pump more often than you would like. You can avoid this and save money on gas by taking more public transportation, biking or by simply rolling down the windows to catch a breeze while driving.