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Save You Money and EnergyThere are a lot of things that you can do around the house to avoid wasting energy. Plants are really good at cleaning up the environment, so plenty of plants have to be kept around your home. You can basically bring down the amount of pollutants in your house by 50% just by having plants around the household. Plants including the English ivy and peace lilies are terrific at absorbing poisonous gases like benzene and formaldehyde. When there are pets or little kids, you should find plants that are not poisonous.

Peace _ LilyYou can conserve water by doing little things like using less water when you are bathing. Taking a bath is a better alternative than showering, since it takes less water to soak in a bathtub. If you have to shower, do so quickly. If you put in a low-flow shower head and faucet, you can expect to save about 50% on water use.

You may wish to opt for low-flow toilets also. You can really avoid wasting water with the low-flush toilets and they produce less greenhouse gases. If you are not planning to get a new toilet, try putting a plastic bottle with the cap on in the toilet’s water tank so the tank uses less water.

conserve waterYou can save money by getting your gadgets fixed instead of having them replaced unless there are energy saving models. If you restore your appliances, not only will you save money, but they won’t end up in the landfills. Another way to save energy is to avoid using an appliance at all, by hanging your clothes out to dry. The typical family does 400 loads of laundry yearly, so that’s a lot of energy being used if they all used dryers. Merely hanging your clothes on an indoor drying rack can significantly bring down your electricity use. Clothes-lines today come in many styles that are easily movable, and when not in use can be put out-of-the-way. Clothes can be hung anywhere, even outside if the weather is nice.

indoor drying rackIf you take medicines, you may have some that you didn’t finish. The medications are in all probability past their expiration dates.

Never flush these down the toilet, as that puts the drugs into the water supply, which could be very dangerous. The most effective way to do away with them is to take them to the pharmacy and they will be able to assist you.

direct-vent-gasIf you have a hearth, do not waste the heat, instead burn more efficiently with a direct-vent gas fireplace. About 85% of the gas in a hearth is wasted. The most terrible type is the wood-burning fireplace since the heat is sucked in and directed up the chimney. When this takes place, you have defeated the primary purpose for having an open fireplace in the first place.
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