Create a Compost Bin for Under $30 Dollars

Check out these 3 types of composting bins you can create with minimum time and money.

A Can Compost Bin

Cost Around $15

Supplies

  • Large trash can with lid that locks on
  • Platform of some sort
  • Screws
  •  Drill with large drill bit

 

 

A Wire Mesh Compost Bin

 Cost Around $25 Depending on Material Used

Supplies

  • At least a 10-foot length of 36-inch wide 1-inch galvanized chicken wire

Or

  • At least a 10-foot length of ½-inchwide hardware cloth
  •  Heavy wire for ties
  • Three or four 4-foot-tall wooden or metal posts

And

  • Heavy-duty wire or tin snips
  • Pliers
  •  Hammer (for chicken wire bin)
  •  Metal file (for hardware cloth bin)
  • Work gloves

 

 

 

Wooden Pallet Compost Bin

Cost Under $30

Supplies

  • 4 wooden pallets (5 if want a bottom for bin), sized to make a four-sided container at least 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet
  • 8 large hook and eye gate latches (bolt latches, rope or bailing wire are also options
  • Level
  • Shovel
  • Work gloves

Kids Out of School? 5 Fun Recycling Craft Projects!

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Need

  • Non-aluminum cookie sheet
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive shelf liner
  • Scrap of wood
  • Hammer
  • Large nail
  • Empty can
  • Glue (we used Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate)
  • Supermagnets
  • Bottle caps
  • Card stock
  • Markers

Paper Party Hats

Needs

  • newspaper
  • masking tape
  • flowers (fresh or paper)
  • scissors

 

 

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Need 

  • Half-gallon milk carton
  • X-Acto knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Thin sticks
  • Pruning shears (optional)
  • Glue
  • Buttons
  • Hole punch
  • Birdseed

Newspaper Baskets

Needs

  • Old newspaper
  • String or thread
  • Clothespins, paper clips, bobby pins, Etc
  • Scissors
  • Staples

 

 

Firefly Craft

Needs

  • One 20 ounce green plastic soda bottle
  • One glow stick
  • Three 12 inch pipe cleaners in green or black
  • One 12 inch pipe cleaner in gold, silver, or black
  • Two yellow pony beads
  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black paint
  • Clear tape

Use Surge Protectors to Save Energy and Money

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. uses 3 billion dollars worth of energy a year in “Vampire Power.” Plug your electronics into  surge protectors, so you can switch them all off during the times your not using them, this should include small appliances. It is said over time many microwaves and televisions will consume as much electricity during the hours they’re not in use than the times you’re actually using them. Also remember to check into Energy Star certified electronics, and to recycle old electronics.

Incandescent Bulb Fun Fact

As I have mentioned in another post, traditional incandescent bulbs lose around 90% of their energy as heat rather than light. Don’t believe me, check out this video.  

Check out other videos from  The US Department of Energy

 

 

Light Bulb Buying Guide

Lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the total energy use in the average American home and on average  cost $100—$150 per year in electricity.

Incandescent: Incandescent bulbs are the most common and popular bulbs used by consumers. Mostly because of how inexpensive  they are and the warm complementary light it produces.

How it Works: An electric light which produces light with a filament wire heated to a high temperature by an electric current passing through it, until it glows.

Cost: Around 50 cents

Fun Facts: They last between 700 to 1,000 hours.

Traditional incandescent bulbs lose around 90% of their energy as heat rather than light.

 

CFL: Compact Fluorescent lightCFLs need a just a little bit more energy when they are first turned on, but once the electricity starts moving, use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

How it Works: In a CFL, an electric current is driven through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor. This generates invisible ultraviolet light that excites a fluorescent coating  on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light

Cost: Around $3.50

Fun Facts: They last on average 8000 Hours.

You can maximize the lifetime savings and effectiveness of your CFLs by keeping them on for 15 minutes or more at a time.

 

LED: Light-Emitting Diode or LEDs emit light in a specific direction, where a an incandescent or fluorescent bulb emits light and heat in all directions.

How it Works: LEDs are small light sources that become illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material.

Cost: Around $13

Fun Facts: Last around 2500 hours

LED lighting, when designed well, can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting than incandescent and fluorescent lighting.

How a Product Earns it’s ENERGY STAR Label

The ENERGY STAR label is there to make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort. So how does a product earn the ENERGY STAR label? It has to meet certain specifications set by the EPA. Some of them  include:

  • A product must contribute significant energy savings nationwide in there category. 
  • A product must deliver certain features and performance that consumers want, and still have increased energy efficiency.
  • If the product costs more than the other less-efficient product, purchasers will be able to recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable time period.
  • The product’s energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.

Make sure to keep a look out for the ENERGY STAR label on your your next shopping adventure or check out the ENERGY STAR website for a complete list of products.