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  • Price:
  • Think Green
  • Listing Began:
  • Aug 26
  • City:
  • Maricopa
  • State
  • Arizona
  • Zip Code:
  • 85239
  • Country
  • United States
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  • Planet Earth

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18 Low-Cost Ways To Green Your Life and Planet.
1. Compost your food scraps. Small indoor composters are very inexpensive and save a ton of waste from going to the landfill. The newer ones don’t even smell, and worm bins are even more effective! Cost: $40 and up.
2. Replace your light bulbs with CFL’s or LED lights. A small upfront investment can save hundreds of dollars (a lot of energy) over the lifespan of these bulbs. Cost: CFL’s cost about $5 each.
3. Install a programmable thermostat. By having the temperature in your house automatically regulated, you can save money on your utility bills. Cost: Starting at $50.
4. Install sink water aerators. These cheap little things slow down the flow of water out of your sink, saving you money and saving us all water use. Cost: $2-$35. Insulate your hot water heater and your water pipes. This can help keep the heat in your house down (in the summer) and help your heater to work less to heat your water. Cost: $50 or so.
5. Keep your fridge coils clean. Do you clean the back/underside of your fridge? If not, it might be working harder than it needs to  run efficiently. Cost: $0.
6. Make sure all your major electronics are on power strips. Even when they are “off”, stereo equipment and computers continue to draw electricity. Turning off a power strip at night or when you leave the house reduces energy use and saves money. Cost: As little as $10.
7. Wash your clothes only in cold water. I don’t use hot water for anything anymore, and our clothes are just as clean. Cost: Nothing, really!
8. Buy a convection oven. Using a convection oven for smaller meals instead of the big oven can save a ton of energy use. Cost: $50-$150.
9. Use rechargeable batteries. We no longer need to buy any batteries, as we have a full set of rechargeables for all of the gadgets, remotes and smoke detectors in the house. Recharging batteries keeps dead ones out of the landfill and saves you money in the long run. Cost: $10 and up.
10. Be sure you have a low-flow shower head. Today there are great ones available that actually provide a great amount of pressure but use less water. I just got this one and we love it. Cost: $39.10. Use washable rags instead of paper towels. Using old rags to clean up messes not only saves you a few bucks but also keeps paper out of the landfill.
11. Invest in a barrel to collect rainwater from your downspouts. Water any outdoor plants. Cost: $50
12. Use both sides of computer paper. Once you print something and no longer need it, cut it up and make a notepad out of it. Cost: $0.
13 Stop Bottled water use! Bottled is no better than your tap water - it just costs more and leaves a trail of empty plastic bottles. Invest in a faucet water filter .14. Bring your own bag to the store - any store. Most people talk about bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, but why not bring them everywhere? We leave a few in the car in case we stop to shop somewhere unexpectedly. Cost: A few bucks, if not free.
14. Use online banking. I know a lot of people are afraid of it, but really - it’s much easier for a thief to grab the mail out of your mailbox then it is for them to access your online accounts. Online banking saves you time, money for stamps, and reduces the amount of paper mail coming to your house. Cost: $0.
15. Rotate your car tires on a regular basis. Keeping your tires inflated to the right PSI and rotated regularly saves fuel. Cost: $25 a couple of times a year.
16. When painting, choose low or no VOC paints. Volatile Organic Compounds are what makes paint smell so bad and make it hard to breath. By choosing low or no VOC paint, it’s healthier for your home and yourself. Cost: The same as regular paint.
17. Read your favorite newspaper or magazine online instead of receiving the paper version. 29. When buying big ticket items, spend the money and buy things that will last. Buying a toaster that will last 5-10 years is a better use of money than buying a cheap one that will break in a year. 30. Shut off your computer and monitor when you leave work for the day. 31. Unplug your cell phone once it is done charging. Once that light turns green, you are just wasting electricity.
18. Install outdoor solar lights. Instead of lighting the path to your front door using electricity, try some solar lights that charge all day and light up all night. Cost: $25 and up.



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