11 Ways Americans Feel Guilty for Not Going Green

Nearly two in five Americans are ashamed of how much food they throw away. What makes you feel wasteful?

Read These Next

Better Investing

As a famous frog used to say, it’s not that easy being green.

A new survey by Shelton Group, a marketing firm focused on energy efficiency, reveals what aspect of “going green” American consumers feel most guilty about avoiding. More than 1,000 people were asked, “Which (if any) of these things do you feel guilty about?” Some of the responses…

  1. Wasting food (39 percent)
  2. Leaving the lights on when I leave a room (27 percent)
  3. Wasting water (27 percent)
  4. Not unplugging chargers/electronics when not in use (22 percent)
  5. Not recycling things (21 percent)
  6. Forgetting to bring reusable bags to the store (20 percent)
  7. Letting the water run while brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc. (20 percent)
  8. Not buying CFLs or LEDs (9 percent)
  9. Not sticking to an energy-efficient thermostat setting (7 percent)
  10. Using chemical lawn or plant fertilizers (6 percent)
  11. Not being careful about how long/when I water the grass (6 percent)

But if environmentalism doesn’t motivate you, maybe the other kind of green will: money. Check out 15 Easy Ways to Go Green and Save Green to find out just how much you’re throwing away.

Sign up for our free newsletter

Like this article? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you a regular digest of our newest stories, full of money saving tips and advice, free! We'll also email you a PDF of Stacy Johnson's "205 Ways to Save Money" as soon as you've subscribed. It's full of great tips that'll help you save a ton of extra cash. It doesn't cost a dime, so why wait? Click here to sign up now.

Read These Next

Comments

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,611 more deals!