One of the first places we think to cut back on to conserve energy and save money is electricity. However, there are a lot of everyday habits we often overlook that not only keep more money in our wallets in the long run but are also cheap to do! Below are a few cheap and easy habits you can make a part of your everyday routine that lower your electricity usage in the home: Start with the basics - I’m sure you’re all too familiar with this one from when you were a child, or perhaps you say them to your own child: turn off the lights when the room is not in use. You can take this a step further by unplugging an appliance or device when it is not in use. Electronics can actually use electricity even when powered down but still plugged in. An easy way to to do this is by plugging your items into a power strip so that when they are not in use you can simply flip off their power supply with one easy motion. Bright idea - CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs use less energy to provide light than traditional incandescent bulbs. This is because incandescent bulbs need to first heat up the filament which becomes so hot it glows white and thus provides light. CFL’s produces significantly less heat and that’s what makes it much more effective than traditional bulbs. So while opting for CFL bulbs is a pricier purchase up front over incandescent ones you will save money over time as they not only save energy but have a longer lifespan as well. Summertime Saving - When it’s warm out opting to hang dry clothes instead of putting them in the dryer can save in the long run. Most of the energy used when washing clothes is actually used from the electric dryer. Skipping the air conditioner, a big energy hog, in favor of fans is another great way to cut your electric bill and conserve energy. Wintertime Saving - Turning down the thermostat by two degrees from your desired temperature can make such a big difference over the colder months. Remember to dress warmly during the cold months, even inside, and you can keep your home at a lower temperature while saving electricity and conserving energy. Further lowering the thermostat while you are out of the home will also save you in the long run. Adding insulation around water pipes, and even your hot water heater if it’s an older model, will help save on the energy it takes to heat up your hot water. Whether you implement one of these ideas or all of them you will be making an impact on the environment, and your wallet, by conserving energy and therefore lowering your carbon footprint. And when you can do both at the same time on the cheap, that’s something to feel good about!
It can be a real nuisance and an never ending battle to keep ants out of your house. There are natural recipes to help keep the ants at bay and involve items you are likely to have in your home already. Here are a few natural ways to keep the ants out: -Clean surfaces in your home with vinegar. Mix a half-and-half solution of white distilled vinegar and water. Ants don't like the smell of vinegar and it removes the scent trails they use to get around. -Lemon juice works just like vinegar by destroying the scent trails that ants follow. Spray lemon juice around the places the ants are using for entryways. -Want your home to smell minty and keep the ants out? Try peppermint oil. Wipe surfaces down with a clean damp cloth that has a few drops of essential peppermint oil on it. Ants also dislike the smell of peppermint. Peppermint is also environmentally friendly, and safe for humans and children. -If you know the areas the ants are getting in to your home sprinkle used coffee grounds in those areas. Ants don't like the smell of the coffee grounds they should move away from that area. -Ants will not cross a line of chalk. Try drawing a line of chalk across the spot where the ants are entering your home. Chalk is a natural ant repellent. Do you have any other natural ideas for keeping out the ants?
Have you ever taken your jewelry to be cleaned? Having your jewelry professionally cleaned will set you back quite a bit of money. Making your own homemade jewelry cleaner can give you the same results for a fraction of the cost. Here is recipe for homemade jewelry cleaner: Ingredients: 1/4 cup ammonia 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid 3/4 cup water 1. Mix all the ingredients well, then soak your jewelry in the solution for a few minutes. 2.Clean around the stones and designs with a soft-bristle toothbrush. 3. Buff dry. Caution: Don't use this with gold-plated jewelry; with soft stones such as pearls, opals, or jade; or with costume jewelry, because it could ruin the plastics or loosen the glue.
There are many ecologically friendly cleaning products available in stores today, however, they can do a number on your wallet. There are great alternatives to these costly store-bought items that you can make in your own kitchen. Orange peels for instance, are an inexpensive and powerful base for an effective all-purpose cleaner. Here is a recipe for an orange peel cleaner: Things You Need:
When you think of lemons you may think of lemonade or squeezing it on your favorite fish. Lemons are more than just something to add to a favroite recipe. Lemons have lot of uses in your home. Here are some household hints for uses for lemons: Use a cloth dipped in some lemon juice to clean discolored utensils. Bring china back to its original shine with one part lemon juice and two parts salt. Scour the china gently with the mixture. Mix equal parts of lemon juice and salad oil to remove scratches on furniture. Rub the mixture on the scratches with a soft cloth. To make furniture polish, mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil. The juice from half of a lemon and salt paste will have your white marble shining in no time. You can also tickle the ivories of your piano with the mix to keep them squeaky clean. Remove dried paint from glass, by applying hot lemon juice with a soft cloth. Leave until nearly dry, and then wipe off. Shine and remove spots from kitchen and bathroom faucets by rubbing them with lemon peel. Use a soft cloth to shine and remove spots. Have a lemon do double duty by cleaning your aluminum pots and freshening your house. Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. Get your grimy white socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon. Please share some of your favorite lemon uses.