Stainless Steel Touchless Trash Can With 2 Compartments Makes Recycling Even Easier

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We have a stainless steel 13-gallon touchless trash can that I absolutely love. (So much so that I got one for 2 different relatives that year for Christmas and I talked my in-laws into buying one as well!) But I spotted this 16-gallon touchless trash can the other day, and I think it may be even better... because it's got 2 bins! The 2 separate buckets could be used for: sorting 2 types of recyclables (paper vs plastic), or for using one side as a standard garbage can and the other … [Read more...]

Do’s & Don’t When Making A Rain Barrel For Rainwater Collection

Rain barrels are all the rage these days! Did you know that 623 gallons of water can be harvested from 1 inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof? In terms of rain barrels, a typical 1/2-inch rainfall will fill a 50- to 55-gallon barrel. Here are some fun and easy ways to make your own rain barrel: Build Your Own Rain Barrel   Super Cheap & Easy DIY Rain Barrel   How To Make A Rain Barrel   3 Cheap Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice … [Read more...]

Recycling Companies & Recyclable Materials You Might Not Think Of

These days, everyone is looking for new ways to recycle items that may not have previously been thought of as recyclable -- in hopes of avoiding the landfills. Some things are no-brainers when it comes to recycling -- such as paper, plastic and glass. But what are some of the things you can recycle that might not be so obvious? There is actually more than you might realize. In fact, a number of businesses are taking a lead role in recycling everyday items. For example, clothing stores like … [Read more...]

All About Portable Space Heaters – Which One Is Best?

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Generally speaking, space heaters are used for 2 reasons: to heat one room; or   to make up for the fact that the main heating system doesn't adequately heat a room. In both cases, a space heater can be used as a supplemental heat source. Whatever the reason for your choosing to use a space heater, there are some things that you should know about space heaters first. … [Read more...]

How To Do A Home Energy Audit Yourself

An energy audit is where you (or a hired professional) go through your house and find areas where air is leaking, insulation is not working or more is needed, windows needing caulking, etc. An energy audit can save you 5% to 30% off the cost of your heating bills each year. That's a savings of up to $1,000 per winter! An energy audit entails a series of tests that tell you the efficiency of your heating ad cooling system and the overall efficiency of your home. On the basis of test results, the … [Read more...]

How To Insulate Your Water Heater

Did you know that many people are increasing their energy bills simply because they haven't insulated their water heater? Well, it's true. Your water heater keeps 20 to 60 gallons of water hot (depending on the make and model) -- whether you are there to use it or not. Then, when you do use some of it up, it takes even more power to heat the cold water up to the proper temperature in order to replace the hot water that you used. However, there is one thing you can do to help save on your energy … [Read more...]

7 Easier Ways To Rake Leaves (…And Keep It FUN!)

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For those who have a garden and lawn, the best way to keep both healthy is to make sure you take care of all those Fall leaves by raking them up.While some subscribe to the leaf blower method, it never did make much sense to me to blow leaves into the street (or elsewhere) instead of raking them up.Also, using a blower isn't environmentally friendly. So, if like me you prefer to try and do your yard clean-up in as green a fashion as possible, then I see a rake in your future.Here … [Read more...]

Handy Upside-Down Lids: Get Every Last Drop Out Of The Bottle!

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Has anyone else seen these?...They're screw-on lids that fit on most any bottle (lotion, ketchup, shampoo, etc.) making it possible to store the bottle upside down and dispense the product a little at a time from the flip-top lid.They're great for products that don't come in their own upside down bottles -- like many condiments and shampoos do.   … [Read more...]