Green changes that save you CASH!

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Green changes that save you CASH!
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 9:29am

Which of these changes have you made?

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1. Trade paper towels for cleaning cloths
2. Install a water filter for clean drinking water
3. Pack a waste-free lunch
4. Put displacement bags in your toilet tank
5. Replace your shower head with a low flow head
6. Use canvas bags
7. Switch to CFLs
8. Install faucet aerators
9. Use cloth napkins
10. Use rechargeable batteries
11. Shut down your computer
12. Scrape your plates before putting them in the dishwasher
13. Wash full loads of laundry
14. Go paperless

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 9:44am

1. Trade paper towels for cleaning cloths - Yes! We did this about 5 years ago and haven't bought a single roll since. It was hard at first but now I look back and wonder why I would even need a paper towel.

2. Install a water filter for clean drinking water - We have a filter on our refrigerator, though I usually just drink tap water because the glass fills quicker from the tap that the fridge.

3. Pack a waste-free lunch - Yes, the kids and DH get waste-free lunches packed in reusable containers. They bring cloth napkins and reusable silverware as well.

4. Put displacement bags in your toilet tank - I have not done this. For some reason I always feel like the toilet won't flush as well, but obviously it works, or no one would suggest it, right? I'll have to give it a try.

5. Replace your shower head with a low flow head - Nope. I fight DH on this. He likes a nice, luxurious shower so we have a waterfall shower head.

6. Use canvas bags Yep!

7. Switch to CFLs Yes, all of our lights are CFLs

8. Install faucet aerators I haven't done this yet, but would like to!

9. Use cloth napkins Yes, we got rid of paper napkins at the same time as paper towels.

10. Use rechargeable batteries For the most part we do. Our rechargeables seem to keep disappearing though. When the kids get toys as gifts they usually get disposable batteries with them, so we have a mix.

11. Shut down your computer - I'm so BAD about this! I close the laptop, but never fully shut it down.

12. Scrape your plates before putting them in the dishwasher - I do this, but more because our dishes don't get clean without doing it. I've always envied those dishwashers that clean anything and everything.

13. Wash full loads of laundry - With all the laundry we have, every load is a full load!

14. Go paperless - Yes! I don't have much to print anyway - the occasional piece of homework or permission slip for the kids.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 2:36pm

Kellie, about the displacement bag in the toilet tank: if you already have an "ultra low flush" 1.6 gal toilet then using less water may not clear the bowl completely of solid waste. You could experiment by putting something in the tank (like a filled tupperware or milk jug) to do some test flushes to decide.

When we bought this house in 1995 we HAD to replace the old toilets with ULFs, it's been law here in CA since 1992. Since CO is pretty green I wonder if they have the same law?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 2:39pm
That is good to know - thanks!! I will check and see what we have. We have replaced all three toilets in our home within the past 3 years, so they may be the low flush already. I know one of them we bought has the two button flush system - one for liquid, one for solid.
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 3:06pm

I'm not nearly as green as Kellie...

2. We rarely use bottled water, we have a filter jug that we fill with tap water. I use a bike bottle to take water with me.

5. I actually don't know the flow of our shower head. We installed it in 2009 and I remember the contractor saying that in CA they only sell low flow, but it has pretty good force so maybe he took out the flow restricter.

6. I've been using canvas bags for years. A couple of local stores give a credit of .05 (Whole Foods might be .10 cents) but I really do it so I don't have to deal with a mess of plastic bags or even paper bags.