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Repairing the planet: Going Green

July 26, 2010

The very concept of home repair is a “green” idea. After all, what’s more sustainable than fixing your stuff rather than throwing it out and buying new?

As ToolBox TomGirls, you (and me) are actually leading the way for a better planet, just by picking up a screwdriver instead of a credit card.

I want to support you in bringing even more “green” thinking into your lifestyle with some simple around-the-house tips.

As a side note, I personally care deeply about being green and bring that philosophy into my business wherever possible. But I also care A LOT about saving money – and that’s what being greener lets you do. So take these tips as me on my green soapbox, or me simply showing you a way to save a few bucks. Either way, we all win.

A ToolBox TomGirl’s Tips for Going Greener (and Cheaper) Around the House:

1. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot or warm and save $65 per year. Use a detergent made for cold water.
2. The dryer is your biggest energy culprit – and will save you the most if you’re willing to let your clothes dry au natural – about $120 per year.
3. Turn down the heat. Turning down the heat by just one degree saves 3% in winter; 2% in summer – about $100 per year.
4. Get rid of Energy Vampires. Just like bad relationships drain your emotional bank account, phantom electricity drains your actual bank account. Unplug unused home electronics and small appliances and save up to $100 per year. In fact, just one unplugged TV, fax machine or computer monitor can save $6 per month.
5. Use the right tool for the domestic job. Using the right size pot for the stove burner can save you $18 or $36 per month for gas and electric stoves, respectively.  
6. Keep the filters on your dryer and heater/AC unit clean. I do not have a cost savings for this one, but I will tell you this: The same thing applies to your own internal filters – when those filters are clean and working efficiently, you can block out the negative stuff and save yourself a heck of a lot of personal energy.

Please note that I have just saved you an average of $356 per year.

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