4/16/14

5 Easy DIY Earth Day Projects from Carter Oosterhouse

Don’t let another Earth Day pass you by! This April 22nd, make sure you are doing your part by considering a greener lifestyle. Don’t know how? Eco-friendly celeb, Carter Oosterhouse offers his top 5 easily mastered DIY projects you can implement around the home to ensure you are eco-covered:
  • Repair leaky faucets around the house. By doing so, you not only help the environment by not being wasteful, but you will also save upwards of 10 percent on the next water bill!
  • Repurposing is a hot trend – instead of throwing away an old door, turn it into a stylish coffee table or headboard. Also, try giving old furniture a fresh coat of paint – the difference will amaze you!
  • Being green is as easy as changing a light bulb. By upgrading 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home to energy efficient you can save upwards of $50 on your utility bill. There are three main types of energy-efficient bulbs carried at your local hardware store: CFLs, LEDs and energy-saving incandescents.
  • Learn to compost at home. Instead of filling our landfills with scraps of food, use them to nourish the soil in your backyard. For easy-indoor composting, I recommend purchasing an indoor composting bin from your local hardware store that sits on top of your counter – not to worry, a properly managed compost bin will not attract pests or rodents and will not smell bad. Composting requires three basic ingredients: Brown – dead leaves, branches and twigs; Greens – grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds; as well as Water – essential for compost development. NOTE: Animal byproducts should not be used as part of compost.
  • Always remember to RECYCLE and have fun!
For more ways on how you can live a greener lifestyle, please visit Carter Oosterhouse’s website: www.CarterOosterhouse.com

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4 comments:

  1. A bit harder to be green in an apartment--you can't compost for one thing! I always recycle and reuse when possible. As for the light bulbs--I gotta get with the program!! Great advise!

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  2. There was actually an old farmhouse door made into a coffee table on Escape to the Continent (my fave tv programme) this week and it was gorgeous. Great tips x

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  3. Wow these are some really great tips! Will def be printing this out and getting to work on the house this weekend!

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  4. We try to repurpose as much as we can. It's really important to keep things out of the landfill.

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