5 Green Home Repair Projects Under $50

5 Green Home Repair Projects Under $50

It's Fall Cure time on Apartment Therapy and Re-Nest, and one of this week's tasks is to fix something yourself. This morning Cambria provided a How-To Home Repair list from Apartment Therapy's archives. Another one of our favorite resources, The Green Home Guide, can also help with five inexpensive and green projects that are so easy, there's no excuse not to do them…

1. Install aerators on faucets:
 "These screw-on mesh screens break up water drop­lets, so you use less water but get just as much rinsing power."

2. Clean your refrigerator coils:
 "If they're coated with dust, refrigerator coils can't transfer heat efficiently, so it takes more energy to cool your food. Get at them (they're usually found underneath or at the back) with a long-handled brush."

3. Replace weatherstripping:
 "Over time, the seals around windows and doors wear out, letting in chill winter air and prompting you to crank up the thermostat."

4. Reduce light pollution:
 "Put a motion sensor on your all-night garage floodlight. Not only will you save electricity; you and your kids will get to enjoy one of early fall's greatest pleasures: a clear view of the night sky."

5. Clean green: "You don't need dozens of toxic products. Soap, baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice can take care of most household cleaning needs."

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, check out the Green Home Guide's other 10 Projects Under $500.

(Image: Flickr member Kristin Brenemen licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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