eco-friendly

  1. 6 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

    Indoor plants improving air quality

    Did you know the air inside your home could be more polluted than the air outside? A troubling thought, but don't panic. There are easy ways you can improve the quality of the air inside your home.

    • Step 1: Know What's

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  2. Outdoor Solar Lights: My Easy Installation in Less Than 10 Minutes

    Installing outdoor solar spotlights

    Hi Everyone! It's Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, and today I'm talking about outdoor lighting. Now, I know what you are thinking, 'But, it's SO expensive' and 'But, I would have to hire someone

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  3. How to Install an Attic Ventilator Fan

    Attic fan

    When it's hot outside, warm air builds up in the attic. This air has to escape so that your house can cool efficiently. Proper ventilation in the attic releases this excessive heat build-up, saving you money on home cooling. For effective ventilation,

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  4. Save Electricity & Money with Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

    Man screwing energy-efficient light bulb into ceiling light

    There are a number of bulb options available at your local True Value hardware store that provide close to or the same amount of light output, and last longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Energy-efficient bulbs work wi

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  5. Avoid Harmful Chemicals with Low-VOC Paint

    Healthy plants growing in non-toxic apartment

    Low-VOC paint is better for the environment than traditional paints, both inside and outside your home. And it works just as well. Keep reading to learn more about low-VOC paint and then head to your local True Value hardware store for all the tools,

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  6. How to Install Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

    Low-flow shower head

    Are your water bills drowning your peace of mind? Try installing water-saving plumbing devices, such as low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilets. You'll fix this financial leak and do your part to conserve our most essential natural resource.

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  7. How to Install a Programmable Thermostat

    Smarthome thermostat programmed at comfortable temperature

    A programmable thermostat is a great investment for your home. It allows your HVAC system to regulate temperature settings automatically, making adjustments for different times of the day or night. This can save you a great deal of money on utility bills.

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  8. How to Install a Clothesline

    Umbrella clothesline in yard

    Since the invention of the electric clothes dryer, the number of households that rely on clotheslines to dry clothes has steadily decreased over the years. Hanging your clothes up to dry is easier on the environment and your wallet because it saves you

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  9. How to Install a Ceiling Fan

    Vintage-style ceiling fan

    Ceiling fans are a great way to save money on energy costs by helping your air conditioner work less. In fact, they use 5% less energy than an air conditioner and about the same energy as a 100-watt light bulb. Not only do ceiling fans circulate the cool

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  10. 6 Green Laundry Tips (Without Giving Up Your Washer & Dryer)

    Happy baby in laundry basket with clean sheets

    Laundry is inevitable, but practicing green laundry tips can help you complete this necessary task while staying conscious about the effect it has on the environment and your budget. Here are some eco-friendly laundry cleaning and drying tips to get you

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  11. Eco-Friendly Bathroom Updates

    Eco-friendly bathroom with wood vanity and plants

    If you’re thinking of going green around your home, the bathroom is an ideal place to start. Because much of the water used in your home flows through here, installing low-flow fixtures conserves water and helps you save money on your water bill. But g

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  12. Install a Paver Patio and Solar Lights

    Paver patio edged with lights

    Installing a paver patio for outdoor entertaining and family R&R is a great addition to any backyard. Paver stones are available in a number of colors, shapes and sizes to complement your home's exterior. Also, adding solar lights around your paver

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  13. How to Make a DIY Compost Bin

    DIY compost bins made with chicken wire and wood posts

    Making compost is good for your garden, wallet and the environment! It's a simple way to practice organic gardening since you will reduce, reuse and recycle waste to maintain a healthy, beautiful garden. Adding compost to your garden can prevent plant

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  14. How to Compost Household Waste

    Open compost bin with food scraps

    If you’re looking to get your hands dirty with organic gardening and landscaping, look no further than using compost. Compost is good for your plants, the environment and your pocketbook because it reduces waste and prevents plant disease while decreasing t

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  15. Eco-Friendly Gardening: 9 Tips

    Girl planting in grandfather's eco-friendly garden

    A healthy and vibrant yard or garden is a plus for any homeowner and the best way to have one is to do it the natural, eco-friendly way. The EPA calls it greenscaping, a practice that improves the health and appearance of your landscape while preserving

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  16. Water Conservation: How to Build a Rain Barrel

    Rain water draining from gutter to barrel

    Homeowners use a lot of water every year watering the lawn or garden, which means that a lot of water and money goes, as they say, down the drain. Installing a rainwater collection system at the end of your gutter downspouts controls excess surface water

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