Energy Aware and Waste Wise

Written by Lillian & Dave Brummet

Energy Aware and Waste Wise (583 words)

Constantly bombarded with negative information aboutrepparttar environment, finances and natural resources? Feeling overwhelmed? Each and every one of us can do something to help our world - starting right where we are, right now. Though not everyone can afford to donate cash or time to a cause, there are endless tactics that will decrease an individual’s contribution torepparttar 105346 landfill and their resource consumption. Mirrors, placed strategically in a room can be used to make use of natural lighting more efficiently, and reduce energy use as well. When placed near indoor plants, mirrors act like a second window creating better growing conditions while givingrepparttar 105347 illusion of increased space and greenery torepparttar 105348 ambiance of a room. When loadingrepparttar 105349 clothes dryer, fluffrepparttar 105350 wet and tangled laundry before tossing intorepparttar 105351 machine. This allows for immediate and more efficient use of dryer energy. Very hot settings (which can actually shrink clothing) can thus be avoided. Typically,repparttar 105352 heated air from a clothes dryer is pumped outside and wasted. Consider purchasing a dryer vent converter - available at most hardware stores. These are little boxes that divertrepparttar 105353 heated air fromrepparttar 105354 dryer intorepparttar 105355 house duringrepparttar 105356 cold and dry winter months – making better use of your energy dollar while saving a little on heating costs. Be warned that this air is moist, and this may not be appropriate in all situations. Homes with dry static air or wood heat would benefit fromrepparttar 105357 moisture, but buildings that already have a moisture problem (evident by mould and mildew or sweating and frosted windows) will only have their issues compounded by doing this. Instead of buying disposable dryer sheets for static control, consider using a liquid fabric softener with a reused rag or sock. Pour a Tablespoon ofrepparttar 105358 liquid onrepparttar 105359 rag, roll it up and squeeze (to soak up allrepparttar 105360 softener) and toss inrepparttar 105361 dryer. Washrepparttar 105362 rag periodically by throwing it in with a normal load. Just imaginerepparttar 105363 number of dryer sheets,repparttar 105364 packaging they came in, along withrepparttar 105365 costs, energy and resources to produce them that can be avoided by this one simple act.

Reuse in the Workshop

Written by Lillian & Dave Brummet

Reuse inrepparttar Workshop (476 words)

The workshop is a great place for reusing items formally destined forrepparttar 105344 landfill. Even if you do not have a shop or craft area you can always donaterepparttar 105345 items mentioned inrepparttar 105346 following paragraphs to friends, schools, shops, youth centers… The concept of reusing is as limitless as your imagination.

Screws, bolts, picture hooks, plant hangers, curtain hooks, and hinges are common hardware items used in most homes. Although not overly costly when purchased a few pieces at a time, they can add up overrepparttar 105347 years. Salvage any reusable hardware and parts from old cabinets, furniture or mechanical items before discarding. These can easily be organized and stored in plastic containers of different sizes. Shop with this in mind and purchase items like peanut butter or mayonnaise in clear plastic containers. These are our favorite as they are recyclable, sturdy and you can easily determinerepparttar 105348 jar’s contents at a glance. When buying screws and bolts avoidrepparttar 105349 small plastic packages and try to find a store that sells these items out of bulk bins. You save money and packaging too.

Strong plastic jugs from juice, milk, or detergents make excellent storage containers for tools, rags or parts inrepparttar 105350 workshop. At a section nearrepparttar 105351 top ofrepparttar 105352 jug remove all but a flap of plastic to attach it to a wall or post. Any rough spots can be filed off or covered with tape. Drill a few holes inrepparttar 105353 bottom for drainage and use inrepparttar 105354 same way outside inrepparttar 105355 garden and for storing clothespins.

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