Green for Less: Save over $80 a year with rechargeable batteries

Every year, Americans buy 3 billion batteries to power their electronics. Batteries are full of heavy metals that produce their powerful charge. With normal use, we're protected from the dangers of these metals. But once they enter landfills, their casings may be crushed or eventually the batteries deteriorate. Those harmful metals, including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel contaminate the environment when they end up in landfills, leaching chemicals into our soil and surface water. When trash is incinerated, these chemicals release into the air, causing even more damage to our environment.

One way to cut down on the amount of batteries that end up in our landfills is to use rechargeable batteries. And if you aren't listening to your green conscience, listen to your wallet. By using rechargeable batteries instead of regular batteries, you can save on average over $80 a year! Instead of going through dozens of sets of batteries a year for one home electronic, you'll only use one set, and it will last you many more years to come.