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Should I Replace or Keep old appliances for environment?

This is a dilemma; on one hand you may have vintage appliances that still work well , but are outdated by energy efficiency standards. Although, these appliances are still working well after fifteen years; sometimes the cost of potential savings in energy costs might make the cost of replacing these appliances more acceptable in the long run.  My opinion is in terms of what is good for the overall environment; both choices are equal in savings. If you keep the vintage appliances that are still working, you are keeping this item out of a landfill which aids the environment by keeping toxins out of air or ground soil. In my personal opinion, keeping old working appliances until they stop working is the best option for both saving the environment and your budget.   My personal example of how older appliances if well maintained can last for years; was when my mother owned a GE washing machine that she bought in 1975. This washing machine continued to work until 1993.  She had to rep

Recycle detergent bottles as watering cans

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Detergent bottles are great as watering cans because they have spouts and are durable enough for outside climate. Recycling and reusing emptied detergent bottles help to keep plastics out of the landfills.  Plastic bottles are not biodegradable and take space in landfills.  In addition it's inexpensive  because these bottles can be used in another capacity. In order to create nice clean bottles, remove the sticker label by using dishwashing detergent, or any adhesive remover.  Be creative by painting the bottles or use chalk board paint to label the watering pots.    Wash out bottles and remove labels Use Dif to remove labels Use bottles with spray nozzles or spouts Finished product 

Upcycle fan parts creatively

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Use the parts of an old fan that no longer works and reuse to either repair or up cycle and create a new item. I reused the base stand part of the fan to use as a stand for a concrete stepping stone to place a plant or watering pots on it.    Fan Base place a concrete paver on the fan base makes a great planter base Place a concrete tiled planter base makes a great base for water cans