Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:20 PM
Use baking soda as a natural surface cleaner. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with enough liquid dishwashing detergent to create a frostinglike consistency. Apply mixture to a sponge as an ideal cleaner for any sink. Or, if you don't want to use a sponge, dip half a lemon in baking soda for a great sink cleaner.
Make your own disinfectant spray with vinegar and any essential oil, such as lemon oil or tea-tree oil. Combine 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and 10 drops lemon oil or tea-tree oil. Another good recipe is 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups of water mixed in a spray bottle. Shake well before spraying onto problem areas.
Use club soda as a window and glass cleaner. Use a 100 percent cotton cloth to wipe off the club soda.
Polish wood with olive oil. Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice, and use a soft cloth to apply to wood.
Use plant-based products for the washer and dryer. Modern detergents work just as well in cold water, so you don't need to use the hot-water cycle. Instead of dryer sheets, place a dab of plant-based liquid softener onto a washcloth, and put the cloth in the dryer
Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:21 PM
Most telephone companies , cable/satelite companies, medical billing etc have a paperless billing option these days. Instead of getting mail sent to your house, have it sent to your inbox.
Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:27 PM
if you aren't using that battery charger, or other small apliances (radios) unplug them! Even if they aren't turned on you are still using energy.
Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:29 PM
Turning down your thermostat just 1 degree can cool your heating costs by 3%.
Wash your clothes in cold water and save yourself up to $400 a year in bills.
1.5 million tons of plastic are used to make bottles every year, a waste that could instead power electricity in 250,000 homes. So, refill those water bottles if you have them.
Posted 15 July 2007 - 02:31 PM
Over 25% of your daily household waste consists of excessive packaging used to ship your purchases to the shelf. Next time you’re at the market, shop around for less packaging.
Posted 15 July 2007 - 03:34 PM
Posted 08 August 2007 - 10:55 PM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:50 AM
Make sure you turn off your lights even if your leaving the room for only a minute. The guys on Myth Busters proved that turning your lights off and on right away doesn't use that much energy, and you will save more energy by turning them off.
If your buying new appliances, go with an energy star one. They range in all price ranges, so your not going to pay more for one, over non energy star ones, and you'll save additional cash long term by using less energy.
Go outside more often. Lets face it, so many of our indoor activities use energy. (You reading this using a computer, and probably over head lights, and perhaps a radio in the background) Going outside eliminates all that energy use. Giving plenty of natural light to read by.
Posted 15 July 2008 - 03:57 PM
It's hard to get into the habit of remembering to take the reusable canvas/cloth/whatever bags into the store with me.
So we put the resuable bags by the front door as soon as they are unloaded so they go back to the car.
We designate one person to carry them inside.
And we put the the reusable bags in the child seat in the shopping cart.
What really helps is how few plastic bags we have to haul out of the pantry to grocery store to recycle.
When we clothes shopping I find myself wanting to take in the reusable bags so I don't bring home more plastic.
Now I'm saving the mesh bags from potatoes and onions to use as produce bags.
I break down cereal and other boxes and put those under landscaping fabric to block weeds from growing under garden paths. I tried putting wood chips on top but the grasses and weeds in my yard love wood chips and happily grew over them.
My Can-O'-Worms is busy in the basement all year long. The red worms eat the vegetable excess provide terrific fertilizer. Next step is purchasing rainwater collection barrels for three corners of the house. My house has a water cistern but the township won't let us use for drinking water.
We use fans and natural breezes as much as possible and put in the window AC only when we have to. Planted wisteria about 12' from the house and I'm training upward. Next year, I'll train over wires toward the front window to shade the window and provide a shady spot in front of the house.
Have a birdfeeder 14' in front of the window to provide some food for the birds and entertainment to 2 housecats.
Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:23 AM
Also this past few months we are chainging all of our lightbulbs to the CF lights. Hopefully they last as long and as efficient as they say.
Edited by genkicoll, 18 June 2009 - 07:23 PM.
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