Helpful tips from the past


By Jule’ Dunham

Greetings from the World of Real Estate with Julè. While working on the “Purging Project” I found some helpful hints and tidbits stashed away from long ago. It appears they are meant to help the environment and save money. Most are still really helpful tips that you may be interested in trying for yourself and some I’m not so sure. You be the judge.

  1. Caulk around your drafty windows.
  2. The average annual energy bill for American’s hot tubs was $200 Million (I do not know what year this was reported).
  3. About 75% of the water we use in our homes is used in the bathroom. When brushing your teeth, turn the water off until you actually need it to rinse.
  4. Recycle your “Junk Mail”. Envelopes are recyclable too – except the ones with the plastic windows. Just remove the plastic and you can still recycle it.
  5. Use a broom, not a hose to clean off the driveway.
  6. Use biodegradable cleaning products.
  7. Use a trigger nozzle on your hose. It will save 20 gallons of water while washing your car.
  8. Do not use oil base paints, but latex.
  9. Rotate your tires on the car.
  10. Wait until your laundry is built up for a full load before washing.
  11. Don’t forget that you can wash out bags and reuse them.
  12. If every American shopper took just one less bag each month, we could save hundreds of millions of bags every year.
  13. Water tip: Water your lawn in the morning. The heat of the day evaporates water.
  14. Polystyrene Foam is completely non-biogradable. Avoid Styrofoam egg cartons and disposable goods.
  15. Keep the lightbulbs dusted off. Dirt absorbs light and uses more energy.
  16. Don’t let go of balloons. Recently a whale died by swallowing a balloon. Seen any whales in our area lately? Hmmm…..
  17. Men: Use a reusable coffee cup for work instead of using a disposable one. (Wow, these are really old notes). haha
  18. Your old car battery is worth money when you trade it in on a new one.
  19. If you have mice in your house, a mouse trap is the best way to catch them.
  20. Start a compost pile: Simplest way is just pile leaves and grass in the corner of the garden.
  21. Try not to use paper towels. Use a cloth washcloth/towel instead. (This saves a lot of money which would otherwise end up in the trash. This is one of my favorite tips. It takes me a long time to go through a roll of paper towels these days.)
  22. Aluminum foil is recyclable. It can be washed off and reused.
  23. Reuse your plastic bags. (Those which accumulate from the retail store can be recycled at Wal-Mart and Kroger.)
    Praying you have a great week.
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