In Massachusetts you are charged 5 cents for each bottle you buy. I am a Diet Coke junkie. I drink cases of it weekly. I save my bottles and recycle them at the local grocery and earn money to keep my habit afloat by turning in the bottles.
As a landlord, I pay heat, electric and water on some of the properties I own. Utilities have increased significantly in the past year or so. To save money and energy I have made the following changes on rentals and my personal residence.
-installed florescent light bulbs in all lighting fixtures. (I have even loaded my tenants up with them to use in their own personal lighting)
-put all outside/common hall lighting on time sensors.
-installed low flow shower heads
-insulated older homes and installed new windows. (which should reduce heating costs about 35%)
As a landlord this has helped to reduce my huge operating costs for utilities. I also find I feel better knowing I am making a smaller carbon footprint. The residents of the rentals have also happily jumped on board byrecycling too!
I also hate to waste so I always offer up items I no longer need on Craigslist and freecycle. Ones trash is anothers treasure.