Plant a Garden
Saturday, May 24, 2014
6 Ways to Save Money and the Environment at Home
Below are a few suggestions on how you can personally help save the environment, and more importantly, save yourself some money in the process.
Plant a Garden
Don’t Buy New Anything
Raise Chickens For Eggs
Make laundry soap
Plant a Garden
Starting a small kitchen garden has got to be one of the easiest eco-friendly and pocketbook friendly projects in existence. A single tomato easily contains hundreds of seeds. From my experience dozens of them will sprout when simply tossed to the ground. The same goes for pumpkin seeds, watermelon, cucumbers, and various other fruits and vegetables.
You can reduce waste, eliminate stinky garbage, and send less off to the landfill, just by starting a composting system in your yard. Fruit, vegetables, bread, flat soda, old leftovers, just about anything can be composted and reduced back into the basic building blocks of life for your garden. There are hundreds of online guides out there detailing how to compost.
Living off the excess of others is actually quite simple, especially in the USA. Free items on craigslist that are totally useful. You can find quality dirt, pots, trees, dressers, book cases, and countless other items. Take a look at their freebies in your area one day and you might be surprised. As far as clothing, shirts and pants at the goodwill are $2-$4, shoes are about $8 a pair, and normally in perfect shape. There’s simply no reason to buy these things new when you can get them used at a fraction of the cost.
Solar Water Heater
If your home runs an electric water heater, that beast can account for close to 50% of your monthly utility bill. Most contain dual 4500-watt heating elements, and are on 24 hours per day. If you’re smart you’ve started turning the breaker on an hour before your shower, and turning it off once you’re done. That simple task can make a very noticeable difference in your monthly bill.
You might think you need a country home for this, but most homes in cities and the suburbs are allowed to have hens. You can get fresh eggs daily from your home, rather than from a factory farm where the chicken spends its entire life in a cage too small to stand up in. An added benefit of chickens is they are compost machines. They will stir your pile, pick out the bugs, and after several weeks you’ll have a perfect soil additive ready to go in the garden.
Making laundry detergent is one of the easiest ways to save money. You don’t need any special skills, nor do you have to build anything. You simply mix the following ingredients together to make your own powdered detergent.
2 cups washing soda (sodium carbonate)
2 cups borax 1 cup grated bar soap (if you’re sensitive to allergies get one without added dies, perfumes, or creams)
Optional - 1 cup oxygenated cleaning powder
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