1. Install low-flow aerators on your faucets and showerhead
They only cost a few bucks and save up to 77% more water and energy than your standard faucet. Huge long-term pay-off!
2. Use hand-cranked kitchen appliances
Give your arms a workout while simultaneously conserving electricity and making delicious noms. Win-win.
6. Water your garden with greywater
Collect and re-use greywater, or run-off water from your showers, sinks, and laundry. Learn more!
7. Make a re-usable market bag from an old t-shirt
8. Collect and use rainwater
Less for the storm drain, more for you.
9. Connect your rain barrel to a DIY sprinkler
10. Replace dryer sheets with re-usable wool balls
They reduce static, shorten dry time, and act as chemical-free fabric softener. Tutorial here.
12. Displace water in your toilet tank with a filled plastic bottle
Placing a 2-liter bottle of water in a toilet tank will save around 10 gallons a day in a typical home. It’ll continue to function perfectly while using less water per flush!
13. Make re-usable waterproof sandwich bags with beeswax cloth
More info here.
14. Turn a plastic tub into a compost bin
Optional: add in some carbon filters to eliminate the smell.
15. Slide draft stoppers underneath doors to lock in heat
16. Clean with lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar
More detailed recipes here.
17. Make a solar oven out of cardboard and tin foil
Temperatures inside can reach up to 400 degrees if made well. Here are a bunch of awesome solar cookers.
18. Seal electrical boxes with foam gaskets
Insulate your room by inserting foam gaskets (less than $1 each at your local hardware store) underneath your outlet covers.
- Police confirmed 71 people, likely refugees who fled Syria, were found dead in a truck abandoned in Austria. The suspected drivers have been arrested. ›
- Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to the "severe threat" posed to his state by Tropical Storm Erika. ›
- President Obama marked a decade of recovery after Hurricane Katrina, citing gains, but also the immense amount of work that he said still needs to be done. ›