12 Easy Ways To Go Green (And Save Cash)

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Picture of Earth Friendly Symbol - Tipnut.comHere are a few ideas to help cut household waste, consume less plus most of these tips will save you a few dollars every month.

The added bonus: they’re all ways to introduce a little earth friendliness into your home.

12 Easy Ways To Go Green

  1. Use A Clothesline: see How to Use a Clothesline, Lazy Line Dry and 11 Free Clothespin Bag Patterns.
  2. Compost Kitchen Waste: see Free Tips & Tutorials For Compost Bins & Boxes.
  3. Cut Down On Plastic Bags & Packaging: see 35 Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make – Free Patterns.
  4. Cut The Chemicals: see Tipnut’s Cleaning Recipes, many are environmentally friendly and very frugal.
  5. Plant A Garden: Not only for food, but you can also plant sunflowers to help bees thrive. Also see Make Your Own Organic Potting Soil and more Gardening tips.
  6. Repurpose What You Can Use: see 20 Things You Can Use Twice Before Tossing.
  7. Recycle What You Can’t Use: see a couple recycling center projects on this page.
  8. Cut Oil & Gas Consumption: Even shaving just 30 minutes a week from our driving time, we can cut 26 hours of driving time a year–that’s a lot of fuel per person! Walk more, bike more, carpool when possible, take public transportation, plan your errands more effectively (to save time and driving).
  9. Limit Paper Products: Use cloth napkins instead of paper, cloth rags instead of paper towels, use washable/reusable plastic cutlery & dishes instead of paper plates.
  10. Respect Paper: Opt out of junk mail, use up scraps to make scratch pads, shred used paper for packing material, recycle when possible, buy recycled paper.
  11. Use Rain Water: Take advantage of free rain water for your garden & lawn needs, see How to Install a Rainbarrel, How to Harvest Rainwater, Build a Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Guide.
  12. Use energy efficient light bulbs, rechargeable batteries (no waste), and make a move to energy efficient appliances as you can afford. These not only help reduce your energy needs, they also help save cash!

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Published: May 16, 2008

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7 Comments to “12 Easy Ways To Go Green (And Save Cash)”
  1. Patricia Burrows says:

    Save used dryer softener sheets. Dampen (don’t saturate) with white vinegar and you can clean windows, appliances, sinks, tubs, tile, laminates, metal fixtures even some wood with them. They clean really well. They can be rinsed out and reused until your cleaning job is finished.

    They can be used on furniture but substitute oil soap for the cleaning agent. Store the dampened sheets in a closed container in the kitchen or bath for quick wipe offs.

  2. Patricia Burrows says:

    Don’t throw away old, stained T-shirts:
    Use them sleep (or slop) in. Cut out neckband and sleeves and hem. Very loose, cool, comfortable. Cut up for rags when too worn.

    Cleaning Rags – Cut down at outside shoulder hem at sleeve, tear down to bottom hem, clip hem. Cut across at at front and back of neckband. Tear across. Tear pieces in the size rags you want. Use rags instead of paper towels. Wash and reuse.

    Super paint/shop rags. Toss after use.

  3. Patricia Burrows says:

    Organize a “FREE SALE” on your street, neighborhood, community. Get everyone to put out useable stuff they don’t need or want on a weekend day. Swap around. Put the rest on
    freecycle.com or donate to the local thrift store to replenish their supply. This helps you and your neighbors to survive in a tightening economy.

  4. Patricia Burrows says:

    Vent your dryer to the inside during the winter to help heat the basement (put an old pantyhose leg over the vent to catch fluff. Heat rises, and will help with your heating bill.

  5. Patricia Burrows says:

    CORRECTION; The above tip is only good if you
    have an electric dryer. Gas and propane dryers can put carbon monoxide into the air.

  6. Victoria says:

    Don’t use the “dry” cycle of your dishwasher, but turn it off once it has finished rinsing. And, in winter, open the door and let the heat and warmth enter the kitchen.

  7. Tinam1 says:

    I’ve got one no one has ever posted. I use a wood stove all winter long and since it is near the kitchen I keep a 5 gallon stock pot full of water on it as well as a 1 gallon tea pot. The big pot is what I use for doing the daily dishes as well as normal household cleaning. (FYI-also great for when the power goes out since I still have 5 gallons of hot water to bathe with)The 1 gallon tea pot is for my daughters to use in their instant hot chocolate when they get home from school or even Ramen noodles when they want a quick snack. Not only is the hot water free but it helps to act as a humidifier all winter long.


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