The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Greener Home

Photography by: Dominick Guillemot
The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Greener Home
8.Use less water. According to a Consumer Reports study, 4 out of 5 states will face a water shortage by 2013. So, rethink your lawn (landscape in a way that requires the least amount of maintenance), install a low-flow showerhead (and take shorter showers!) and fix leaky faucets. Every little bit of conservation will help, say experts.
9.Wrap your hot water heater. Buy a $30 insulating blanket and use it to encase your old hot water heater. When you’re in the market for a new one, opt for a tankless version, which heats water on demand and uses significantly less energy as a result.
10.Install insulating shades. They’ll do the trick until you’ve got the cash to replace old windows with new, multipane ones that provide lots of insulation.
11.Cancel your trash service for one month. It will force you to be überconscious about what you toss. 
12.Hold it. Replace old items only when they’re useless. Rug starting to fray? Coffee maker slow but still brewing your morning cup of joe? Use ’em until they completely go kaput, says Short. “We are so quick to toss things because they’re so easily replaced. But if you slow down and think carefully about the impact your actions have on the Earth, your priorities will reorganize themselves.”    
13.Clean it. Detox your beauty routine. What you use to wash your hands and body not only has an effect on your body’s toxic load, but the chemicals in many of these products also wash down the drain and get into the groundwater. So, opt for natural and organic soaps and scrubs that are phthalate-free and get their fragrance from essential oils.
14.Swap incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents. Better still: LED lights, which have come way down in price and run on around 12 watts of power, compared to a regular light bulb’s 60 watts to 100 watts.