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Does Your Home Need an Energy Audit?

It’s a lot easier to save energy if you know where you’re wasting it. An energy audit can help you figure that out

If you’re looking for a simple (and often free) way to save money on home energy costs, then you should have an energy audit done on your house. It’s a great way to determine whether you’re wasting energy that you can’t afford.

Let’s face it: in this odd era, when technology is advancing by leaps and bounds and weather patterns are changing rapidly, most of us are pumping more energy than ever into our households. So ask yourself: Is it going to good use… or not?

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More Money Saving Microwave Tips

Here are a few more microwave tips that can help you save a little money

In a recent article, I shared a few microwave tips that can help you save cash here and there, mostly by extending the shelf-life of edibles and revitalizing items like masking tape. But all that was just a drop in the bucket, really.

The fact is, you can do all kinds of things cheaply with a microwave oven… if you know how to do them right. In this article, for example, we’ll take the guesswork out of cooking several things you might not expect to work in a microwave, so you don’t have to experiment and suffer wastage.

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Xeriscaping Your Lawn to Save Money

Xeriscaping is a great way to save money on watering your lawn, especially if you use native plants

If your water bill’s getting a bit steep lately, one way to decrease it over the long-term is by xeriscaping your lawn. That is, landscape with dry-loving plants, so that you can save money simply by conserving water.

If you were wondering, “xeros” is the Greek word for “dry” (thus “Xerox”, which uses a dry ink method for photocopying). Make sense? It’s also why some people call drought-resistant landscaping “xerogardening.”

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Sharpening Garden Tools By Hand

Sharpening garden tools is fairly easy, and you don’t need to pay anyone to do it

Sharpening garden tools by hand may seem like a minor way of saving money, but it’s more frugal than you might think… and like all these other ways that we show you to save cash, it’s a good way to squeeze a few bucks out of the household budget here and there so you can use it better elsewhere.

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How to Make an Emergency Lamp from a Soda Can

A soda can probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you consider building an emergency lamp — but it works

Did you know you can make an emergency lamp from little more than an aluminum soda can? It’s true! And it’s a good skill to learn, just in case. While every house should have at least a few emergency supplies stashed away, you can’t always guarantee that things will be as they should be.

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In Praise of Wood Chips

Wood chips are among the most versatile and inexpensive materials you can use around the yard and garden

If you’ve got some landscaping to do around your house, don’t forget the wood chips! It’s amazing how useful they are, and the best thing is that they cost next to nothing: they’re the natural result of yard cleanup, and many municipalities will give them to you for free if you’ll just ask.

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Cheap Household Cleansers You Might Try

You don’t have to pay through the nose for expensive chemical cleansers, when you can get cheap household cleansers at the dollar store

Cleaning is a category where you can really save some cash, if you’re willing to back away from the expensive options and consider a few cheap household cleansers instead. Most of these are items you already have in your home… but you may never have thought of them in this capacity.

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Pyrethrum: A Safe Bug-Killer You Can Make Yourself

Pyrethrum is safe for pets and humans, but it kills harmful insects dead — and you can make it yourself

The perennial flower called the pyrethrum daisy, which is actually a kind of chrysanthemum, offers more than ephemeral beauty: the flowers produce a potent pesticide that kills insect pests while leaving most beneficial insects alone. Even better, it’s safe for use around kids and pets.

And guess what? You can make it yourself without much effort at all!

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Paint Your Roof White

Want to save some dough on summer cooling costs? Paint your roof white. Seriously.

Assuming your local homeowner’s association won’t go spastic (and they might), you can save a decent amount in summer cooling costs if you simply paint your roof white. It sounds kind of odd, but it really works — and people in other countries have been doing it for centuries.

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Some Basic Summertime Energy Saving Tips

Trying to dial down the electricity bill? Try these summertime energy saving tips.

When it comes to summertime energy saving tips, we all know the one about turning your thermostat up to 78 degrees — or higher, if you can bear it. That’s good advice, since every degree above 72 translates into 1-3% savings monthly. That’s a noticeable number of dollars.

But most folks leave it at that. Well, there’s plenty more that you can do, including a few things you may not have thought of. In this article, we’ll introduce you to those options.

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