The anatomy of a Green Home [Infographic]

We’re constantly thinking of new and creative ways to save money, from clothing swaps to no-spend days to making your coffee instead of buying it. Often times, coming up with inventive ways to save money takes time and effort, and often leaves us feeling like we’re missing out — but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Making eco-friendly changes, whether big or small, to your home can have a huge impact on both the planet and your wallet. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, making your home greener can save anywhere from $723–$1182 annually. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or simply spruce up your home, there are opportunities in every room to make more sustainable choices.

If you’ve never looked into eco-friendly home improvements, you may not even know where to start. The animation below outlines the anatomy of a green home and gives 24 suggestions on how to go green and save green.

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Home building Materials you can Repurpose

When it comes to saving money on home renovation, repurposing as a means of recycling represents one of the cleverest and most pro-like moves you can pull off. The idea behind this is quite simple – you pick building materials that are well-known for their recyclable qualities, use the structures made out of them for as long as you can, and then salvage the leftovers after the building in question had its run.

Indeed, whether it’s roofing, flooring, wall structure, or bathroom fit-outs, the materials you’re using can last you years to come – be it in their fully assembled condition, or as a scraps you can repurpose for other projects!

Now then, in this article, we’re going to talk about what materials you can use in order to make your house renovation project not only a smart one while you’re doing it, but also a potentially lucrative one down the road.

So, without further ado, here are our ‘repurposeable’ building materials!

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Natural Bug Repellent Solutions [Infographic]

Though summer is the best time of the year for many people, summer is also a favorite time of year for many household bugs. Dealing with pests inside the home can definitely take the fun out of this season!

Though it can be tempting to resort to chemical pesticides in these situations, these materials are actually harmful to humans and pets as well as to bugs. Instead, you can take advantage of natural materials found around the home to make bug traps and repellents. Take a look at the DIY tips from TurboTenant below:

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Types of Reusable water Bottles [Infographic]

Every minute, people all around the world buy roughly 1 million plastic bottles—a number that’s expected to jump past ½ trillion by 2021. Once we’re done with these single-use bottles, most end up in landfills or the ocean (Americans recycle less than 30 percent of them). But we need water to live and bottles are convenient and portable. The best solution? Ditch single-use plastics for high-quality, durable, reusable materials. In the case of water bottles, glass, stainless-steel and BPA-free plastic reign supreme.

In the infographic below, are the top benefits of each material choice, tips for buying, plus how to effectively clean bottles—either by hand or in the dishwasher.

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Healing Aromatherapy Scents + How to use them [Infographic]

Aromatherapy has been used for generations as an alternative healing method. While some people may think holistic healing isn’t effective, science says otherwise.

From restless sleep to anxiety and depression to nausea, there is a myriad of scents that have healing properties. You can choose to use essential oils, burn oils or simply incorporate the scent into your daily fragrance routine. Feel free to explore this following list of science-backed scents.

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