Green on a Dime

How to go Prius green on a Chevy Nova budget.

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What the eco-elite recommend:

The cheap alternative:

An efficient convection oven

Baking with heat-retaining glass or ceramic dishes rather than metal ones means you can set your oven 25 degrees lower.

A green dry-cleaning service

Hand wash silk, rayon, wool, and cashmere.

A hybrid car such as a Prius

Ride a bike. You’ll save a bundle in gas, maintenance, and insurance.

Energy Star washers and dryers

Always fully load your washing machine and wash with cold water. String up a clothesline for drying.

 

Reverse osmosis to purify drinking water

Drink tap water where practical. Clean water is one reason you pay taxes, right?

Brand-name, ecofriendly cleaning products

Ever heard of distilled vinegar, club soda, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda?

A low-flow toilet

Make your own by submerging two full plastic bottles in the tank.

A new, energy-efficient refrigerator

Let your leftovers cool before putting them away.

A tankless water heater

Turn down the old one to 120 degrees from the standard 140.

Whole Foods

Produce from a local market may not be certified organic, but it’s possibly fresher.

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