Go Green Around the House and Help Your Wallet

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Going green and helping the planet starts with small steps. If you can just change the way you do a couple of things around the house, like not letting the water run while brushing teeth and shaving, and sustaining those changes, you’ll be helping the planet and your wallet. Whatever green choice you make today will ultimately help your wallet tomorrow. Try these simple changes around the house to go green and keep more of your greenbacks.

Use Cloth
Cloth napkins, cloths kitchen towels and even cloth diapers. Anytime you can use cloth, which is washable and reusable, you will save money and cut down on the amount of paper products going to the landfill. Even just cutting back on one roll of paper towel per month will save you about $20 in a year.

Fast Boil
Need boiling water to cook pasta or eggs? A tea kettle will boil water faster than an open pot and use less gas or electricity. Boil the water in a tea kettle, then transfer boiling water to cooking vessel.

Keep Water in Fridge
Keep bottles of water in your fridge to reduce the amount of dead air space that your fridge has to keep cool. Plus a cold bottle of water on a hot day will encourage you and your family to drink more water. Save even more money and be eco-friendly by filling up reusable water bottles and storing in the fridge.
And while you’re in the fridge, check its’ temperature. Keeping the fridge or freezer too cold uses unnecessary electricity. A refrigerator’s thermostat should be set between 37 and 40 degrees and the freezer should be set at 0 to 5 degrees.

Wash and Reuse
Any food packages, like plastic margarine and cottage cheese tubs or glass pickle jars, can be washed and reused for food storage. Store leftovers or dried beans and pasta in these recycled containers and keep them out of landfills for a while longer. Small plastic containers with lids make great portable food and water bowls when traveling with pets.

Clean Your Oven
OK, not a fun chore, but a clean oven cooks more efficiently than a dirty oven. Attack the oven cleaning chore, either for self-cleaning or old school cleaning models, right after cooking something in the oven so the residual heat can be used and save money.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products
This is probably easier and cheaper than you think. An effective green glass cleaner can be made by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar in one quart of water, pour into an empty spray bottle and use on any surface you normally would use glass cleaner on.
Baking sodas is a mild abrasive and will clean most any solid surface like kitchen counter tops and bathtubs. Freshen carpet by sprinkling a little baking soda on carpet and let sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum. Green clean at dirt cheap prices.


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