The biggest energy hog in your house....your refrigerator.

by DIY Maven

The biggest energy hog in your house....your refrigerator.

According to National Geographic's Green Guide, our refrigerators are probably the biggest energy hogs in our homes. What to do? Well, if a new refrigerator is in our future, it's best to shop for an Energy Star rated refrigerator, which use at LEAST 20% less energy than federal standards. The most energy efficent refrigerator on the market right now is the Sun Frost RF-12, pictured below. It is a whopping 51% more efficient and federal...

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Curbly Recession Busters: 12 Ways to go Eco-Festive this Christmas and Save Bucks!

by DIY Maven

created on: 12/05/08

You might want to think of these eco-friendly decorating tips, as gifts to Mother Earth. With them we can all be as green as Christmas trees this holiday season and, in the long run, save some cash while we're at it.

  1. Celebrate with a small, potted living Christmas tree that you can plant after the holidays and enjoy for years to come.
  2. Instead of buying new ones, reuse or remake your old Christmas decorations.
  3. Swap your old decorations...

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How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

by Chris Gardner

Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.

How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

  • Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
  • Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
  • Water your garden early
  • Clump...

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100 Ways to Save Water

by DIY Maven

100 Ways to Save Water

Not surprisingly, the website Water Use it Wisely is all about water conservation. What is surprising is that it makes adopting a water management plan fun. You can simply click on the 100 water-saving tips page, or you might want to take a home water audit, then click on the monthly planner which offers a year full of conservation tips. Follow them all and by the end of 12 months, you'll be a water conservation expert. And just for the...

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Toilet Tank Talk: How and why you should make a water displacer.

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/06/08

Statistics say that each person in the U.S. uses about 100 gallons of water a day; 1/3 of that gets flushed down the toilet. Installing a water displacer inside your toilet tank will cut that figure substantially.  For instance, the Tank Bank, which is a plastic bladder you fill with water and hang inside your toilet, can cut that 1/3 by 20%. Why not just place a brick in your toilet tank? According to the manufacturer of the Tank Bank, bricks...

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How to take a Navy Shower

by DIY Maven

How to take a Navy Shower

According to Wikipedia, a standard 10 minute shower uses 60 gallons (230 liters) of water, whereas a Navy shower uses 3 gallons (11 liters) of water.

Although never in the Navy, I have had to take my share of Navy showers. Anyone who has spent time in the woods, in an RV or on a boat are most likely familiar with the concept. For the rest of you who haven’t experienced this ultimate water-conserving method of personal hygiene, here’s a helpful...

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