Originally Posted by BR
Some people need to learn what the meaning of ad hominem is, but whatever. Point remains, the best way to help the environment is not to parrot bullshit claims backed by major polluting corporations with huge incentives to keep the status quo and put real science under wraps. No, we need to actually confront our environment issues, starting right at home.
Please post as many do-it-yourself or relatively inexpensive home improvement tips aimed at reducing our impact on the environment (and as a side benefit, our utility bills, too).
I'll get us started (one more time):
Here's how you can convert your regular single flush toilet into a dual flush toilet for roughly $30:Lifehacker article about itDirect link to the process
That's a pretty cool article and as an owner of one dual-flush toilet I've seen it and thought of using it to convert the other two. Another thing I've pondered instead is simply using something to fill up part of the space in the older toilets so they use less water for each flush.
I personally installed an evaporative cooler
in my house a few years ago. The effect on the electric bill was immediate and it paid for itself in the first summer even when it cost me over $500 just for the cooler itself.
My wife at first was very skeptical about the cooler but now she, like I, prefer the feel of it to air conditioning. Air conditioning sucks all the moisture out of the air and makes my skin feel very dry. The evaporative cooler makes the air feel just right in our dry summers.
In California, the king of regulation and government incentives, I'm shocked as to why evaporative coolers are not mandated or that there is not at least a large program of some sort encouraging their use. I saw them all over the place in New Mexico.