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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.