When Josh did his post on 5 ways to green your home for under $ 100 I thought that's no challenge, how about for under ten bucks? How about, like, free? So here are a few ideas.
Things you can do that will make a real difference for no money at all.
Free. Nothing. Nada.
1. Lower water heater temperature to 120
2. Decrease Thermostat temperature by 3
3. Wash clothes in cold water
4. Air dry clothes during summer
5. Turn off unneeded lights
Under Ten Bucks
1. Seal your windows with strippable caulk
This is the clear stuff that is designed to peel off when it is time to open the windows again, and seals the gaps that occur at any moving part of a window. This is particularly important if you have old windows where the seals have loosened up a bit.
More on Caulk:
2. Shrink-Wrap Your Windows
Get the plastic films that tape around your windows and then shrink tight under the heat from a hair dryer. They cut heat loss and are almost invisible. Not suitable for houses with cats, as we found out the hard way.
More on Windows:
3. Weatherstrip your Doors
A surprising amount of air leaks around them. Just be sure that the door will still close properly; I have added weatherstrip and then had to remove it again as the door just wouldn't close properly with the added foam.
More on Weatherstripping:
4. Get a Snake
Or make your own