Going Green Without Breaking The Bank

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Saving water and reducing electricity around the house isn't just good for your wallet, it's also good for the environment. And you can save these important resources with some simple home improvements that cost less than you think.

A quick, inexpensive place to start? Install aerators on faucets.
hey're screw-on mesh screens that break up the water droplets, allowing you to use less water, but with just as much rinsing power.

Next, check and clean your refrigerator coils.
he more dirt that builds up, the less efficient they are at transferring heat, so it takes more energy to cool your food. They're usually underneath or behind and you can clean them with a long-handled brush.

Do you often run the faucet to get hot water? For less than $300, you can install a recirculating pump under the sink. It takes the not-yet-hot water and shoots it back to the water heater.

Once the water gets hot enough, the pump shuts off, so no matter when you turn on the tap, you get hot water instantly. This saves water and energy since the water going back to the heater is warm, so reheating it takes less energy, and less time.

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