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  1. A barely stocked fridge has to work harder to stay cold than a full one. Stash a few bottles of water on bare shelves to help maintain efficiency.
  2. Instead of tossing your worn-out nonstick pots and pans, have them re-coated. It’s better for the environment and it’s cheaper than replacing them. Lubecoat.com will refinish a 12” pan for $14.
  3. Swap paper towels and spray products for a microfiber duster. It’s reusable and effective. Just toss it in the washing machine to clean it.
  4. Houseplants are more than just decorative. The right plant will also improve the air quality in your home by absorbing dangerous toxins. Best bets: philodendrons, green spider plants, palms, ferns, English ivy and dracaenas. An easy-to-maintain herb garden on your windowsill will also save money on expensive herbs at the supermarket.
  5. Instead of using pricey keyboard computers, which contain chemicals, turn your keyboard upside down and shake out dirt and debris. Then swipe double sided tape between the keys to pick up any remaining bits.
  6. Rather than wasting your dryer exhaust by funneling it outside, recycle it back into your house with a bypass filter. The 8-inch tube is easy to install and available at hardware stores. The bypass helps humidify and heat your house, and the filter prevents lint and dust from getting into the air.
  7. This search engine, powered by Google custom search, saves energy because the screen is predominantly black―which uses less power than displaying a white one. 
  8. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. If you’re too lazy to unplug every appliance in your house, try a Smart Strip. This power strip detects when computers or other devices are on or off and shuts off the power accordingly. They start at $30.95 and have been shown to save up to $20 a month on your electric bill. Find it at smarthomeusa.com. 
  9. A clean house doesn’t have to mean a toxic house. Simple, safe ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, vegetable oil and borax are effective at cleaning, disinfecting and removing stains and odors. Making your own products also costs a fraction of commercial cleaners. Try these eco ideas:
  10. You’ve probably heard about putting a brick in the tank―but bricks can deteriorate over time. Instead fill a plastic bottle with water and put the cap on, then place it in the tank. The bottle will displace water, helping to reduce consumption.
  11. To make glass cleaner, combine 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice with 1 quart water. Pour into a spray bottle and use with newspapers to clean surfaces.
  12. To make drain de-clogger, mix 1 cup hot vinegar with 1 cup baking soda and pour them down (or on) a clogged or slow moving drain. Cover the drain with a washcloth for 15 minutes, then follow with a boiling hot kettle of water. Repeat if necessary.
  13. To make an all purpose cleaner, mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 cup of water. This stores well in a spray bottle. For an antiseptic cleaner, mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water. Add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap to ramp up the cleaning power. Wipe on with a dampened cloth or use a non-aerosol spray bottle.
  14. To make carpet freshener, in a jar mix 1 cup crushed dried herbs, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Shake well. Sprinkle a bit on your carpet, let it sit for an hour, then vacuum.