1. Carpool – travel nurses can share a ride with up to 3 other people and save thousands of dollars. Here are a few online resources to help you find a few folks to share a ride with:  www.erideshare.com, www.icarpool.com, www.carpoolworld.com.  If you drive a vehicle that gets just 20 mpg, you can get 80 mpg per person if you carpool with three others. And, it’s a great opportunity for travel nurses to make new friends at the new travel nursing job city.
  2. Use public transportation and leave the car at home. With the money you save, splurge on visiting new places and share your travel nursing experiences with us! Send us your travel nurse tips about your city.
  3. Walk or ride a bicycle for those short hops. You’ll save gas, you won’t have to hunt for a parking spot and it will help you get that buff beach body you’ve always wanted just in time for summer!
  4. Pay your bills online and get off the junk mail lists. Snail mail not only needlessly wastes fuel (and paper), it requires you to store worthless information in your brain.
  5. Turn up your air conditioning a few degrees and encourage other nurses in your workplace to do the same.
  6. Drink tap water instead of buying plastic bottled water.  Get a filter to improve the taste or quality. But drink plenty of water, it can improve your health and might assist in even further toning up that new body.
  7. Did you know many people waste over 30% of their food?  All of that food you throw out not only wastes money, but think about the tractors that burned fuel to farm it, the trucks that burned fuel to get it to the store, and the energy used for processing and packaging. Then, you throw out this waste and a garbage truck burns fuel to haul it away. Plan out your meals in advance
  8. Keep your car tuned up; change your car’s air filter, regular oil changes, etc.If you only get 15 mpg and you don’t have a practical carpooling option, consider getting one of the many vehicles that get 30 mpg or more. If you drive 15,000 miles a year you need 1,000 gallons of gas a year. At 15 mpg and $4 per gallon for gas you will spend over $4,000 a year just at the pump!  Consider the fact that if you start getting 30 mpg with a new vehicle, the $167 a month you’ll save on gas will put a major dent in that new car payment.
  9. Improve your gas mileage by more than 10% by not speeding. When you don’t speed it saves on gas consumption and you might also stop getting those speeding tickets and save more money. 
  10. Go buy new compact fluorescent bulbs for your house. They may cost a little more, but they can cut your electricity usage by 80% and depending on your situation, can cut your bill (and energy consumption) by 5%. Just don’t forget to turn them off when you don’t need them.
  11. Your hot water heater is probably the second biggest consumer of energy at home. Check the setting and you can probably lower the temperature.
  12. Turn off power strips and unplug electronics when not in use.  Stand-by power can account for as much as 20% of home energy use.  This simple step could save you hundreds per year. 
  13. Keeping your tires properly inflated saves on fuel economy and lengthens the life of your tires. If the nearly 250 million registered passenger vehicles in the U.S. were only 7% underinflated and brought their tires up to the specified level, together they would save about $23 billion per year. 
  14. Plan your summer vacation to the Caribbean; just start travel nursing in Florida. You will get free private housing and free health benefits. Now, can afford that island vacation!

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