Bob Vila’s 50 Shades of Green

While our 50 Shades may not be as sexy as the blockbuster novel, these green tips for the home promise gratifying results and earth-friendly fulfillment. 

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Green Tips for the Home - Junk Mail
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Wanna take it a step further? To stop receiving preapproved credit card and insurance offers in the mail, visit optoutprescreen.com.

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Green Tips for the Home - Go Paperless
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Save even more trees by signing up for paperless bank statements, credit card bills, and utility invoices.

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Green Tips for the Home - Swap
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Host a clothing or tool swap. Or join a scheduled event near you.  Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a clothing exchange started in Brooklyn in 2005, has now spread to more than 100 cities nationwide.

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Green Tips for the Home - Rainwater Collection
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Collect rainwater to use for watering houseplants, filling birdbaths, and tending your garden.

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Green Tips for the Home - Limit Hose Use
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Tidy patios and walkways with a broom, not a hose.

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Green Tips for the Home - Ceiling Fans
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Install a ceiling fan. The whirling wonders can reduce heating bills by 10 percent and air conditioning costs by as much as 40 percent.

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green-tips-for-the-home-energy-star-appliances
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If a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine is in your future, look for appliances that bear the Energy Star label, an EPA designation awarded to energy-efficient models.

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Green Tips for the Home - Baking Soda
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Use baking soda on carpets to eliminate pesky pet odors. Simply sprinkle it on, let sit overnight, then vacuum.

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Green Tips for the Home - Tire Pressure
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Improve gas mileage by as much as 5 percent just by inflating your car tires to proper pressure and using the grade of motor oil the manufacturer recommends.

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Green Tips for the Home - Washing Machine Cycles
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Close to 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. Just switching from hot to warm water can cut energy use in half—and save you more than $60 a year.

Bob Vila’s “50 Shades of Green” continues here.