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    Updated on Feb 5, 2019. Posted on Sep 26, 2012

    19 Cheap & Innovative Ways To Green Your Home

    Save the earth while saving on your bills.

    1. Install low-flow aerators on your faucets and showerhead

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    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

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    Give your arms a workout while simultaneously conserving electricity and making delicious noms. Win-win.

    3. Shred bar soap to conserve water

    4. Plant a garden

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    Bonus points for doing it in re-purposed vessels.

    5. Start your seeds in a newspaper planting pot

    6. Water your garden with greywater

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    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

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    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

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    They reduce static, shorten dry time, and act as chemical-free fabric softener. Tutorial here.

    11. Make solar chargers out of playing cards

    12. Displace water in your toilet tank with a filled plastic bottle

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    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

    14. Turn a plastic tub into a compost bin

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    Optional: add in some carbon filters to eliminate the smell.

    15. Slide draft stoppers underneath doors to lock in heat

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    DIY or purchase from Amazon.

    16. Clean with lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar

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    More detailed recipes here.

    17. Make a solar oven out of cardboard and tin foil

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    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

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    Insulate your room by inserting foam gaskets (less than $1 each at your local hardware store) underneath your outlet covers.

    19. Threats, punishment, and masochism

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    If your family member takes a shower lasting longer than 8 minutes, discipline them. Wear a shock collar every time you run the dishwasher. Buy appliances that emit high level radiation when used. Foolproof!

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