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The Simple Dollar Bill Test For Energy Efficiency

United States one-dollar bill - Banknote

To see if the seals on your refrigerator and freezer doors are working properly, do the simple dollar bill test: Close the door onto a dollar bill and see how much effort it takes to pull it out. If it comes out easily, the gasket (rubber seal) isn’t tight enough and is leaking cold air.

Keep Your Cool!

Mojito - Mint julep

Cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, and herbs such as mint are good foods to eat to help keep the body cool when it’s hot out.

DIY Sunburn Soother

For sunburn relief, mix 2 teaspoons tomato juice with 1/4 cup buttermilk and apply to the affected area. Rinse after half an hour.

Repurpose An Old Golf Bag

Golf - Golf Club

Is an old or unused golf bag taking up space in your garage? They can be a real treasure to a gardener. Long-handled tools can be carried in the club compartment and smaller ones in the side pocket.

Easy Gardening Hack

Farmers' Almanac - Thymophylla tenuiloba

Punch a hole in plant ID tags and loop them through key ring. Hang nearby when you need to remember the care instructions for what you planted.

Help For Your Potted Plants

Tea - Tea bag

Fertilize your acid-loving houseplants (like ferns) with used tea bags. Simply open the bags and work the used tea leaves into the soil. The leaves will lower the pH level of the soil and provide nutrients, as well as pest and fungus control. You can also occasionally water houseplants with cooled twice-brewed tea for added

Fresher Herbs

Parsley - Herb

Keep herbs fresh in a jar or vase of water as you would fresh-cut flowers. Just snip off what you need, and change the water daily. This works especially well for flat-leaf parsley.

Tip For Storing Fresh Asparagus

Parsley - Herb

If you bought some fresh asparagus but won’t be eating it right away, cut off an inch off the bottom of the stalks and store in a glass jar with a few inches of water, loosely covered, in the fridge. They’ll keep fresh up to a week or more!

Catch the Rain!

Rain Barrel - Rain

Rainwater is a great way to conserve water and save money by reusing it to water plants and lawns. There are elaborate rain catchers you can buy, but a big barrel works too. Just be sure to cover the barrels or put a screen over to keep leaves and other debris from falling in. Cover

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