If you’re sick of wasting money each month on expensive electric and water bills, there are a few things every homeowner can do to green your home. We created this post for our eco-friendly and frugal readers, who are interested in saving the planet while also saving on their bills.

Collect and use rainwater. Rainwater is free and there are plenty of DIY projects out there that will explain how to collect rainwater in your own rain barrel. Be sure not to collect too much because it can be viewed as illegal in some states, but as long as you are not overdoing it or selling it, you should be fine.

Door draft guards, keeps heat in. Sliding a few draft stoppers under your doors will help to winterize your home by locking the heat in and lowering your electric bills. These nifty little draft stoppers can be bought in any type of home goods store or you can easily make them yourself with some heavy duty fabric, stuffing and a little bit of sewing skills.

Get rid of the Kitchen Aid. If you rely on your kitchen aid to make cookies every week or to whip your own whipped cream, you are wasting a ton of energy. Hand-cranked kitchen appliances can do the same job as an electric one while giving your arms a good workout and helping to green your home. You may also find yourself enjoying the food you prepare by hand much better because you had to work for it.

Convert your toilet into low-flow. The average person flushes about 5 times a day and having a low-flush toilet can help you save water and the environment. All you have to do is fill a half gallon plastic container with half gravel and half water and then place the jug into the back part of your toilet. Make sure you remove any paper or plastic labels on the bottle before submerging it into the water.

Install low-flow showerheads. Low-flow aerators on your faucets and showerheads can save up to 77% more water and the best part is, they only cost a few bucks. They only permit 0.5 gallons of water per minute which is not best for the person who loves a lot of water pressure but it does save you a ton of money on your water bills.

Make your own household cleaners. You can clean almost anything with lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar. We did an entire blog post on how to make your own stain fighters for almost any type of stain. Using homemade cleaning products will cut back on your grocery receipts and remove the amount of pesticides you usually breathe in while in your home.

Plant and eat your vegetables. Gardening is a great way to save money on groceries and decrease the amount of pesticides you consume. In the 1960’s, each farmer fed about 27 people. Today, each farmer feeds about 155 people, but carries a much larger environmental footprint than farms of previous decades. If you don’t have the space for a garden in your yard, join a community garden or start your own garden in pots.

Compost everything. Composting is an efficient way to regenerate poor soils and retain moisture. You can buy small compost bins to keep on your counter for food scraps, or you can make your own garbage can compost for a larger compost pile. Once you start filling your compost bin with food scraps, you can expect a finished compost in about 4 to 6 weeks.

If you’re on the lookout for cheap and innovative ways to save money while trying to green your home, I hope these tips and tricks will help. Let us know in the comment section below if you have any more ideas for greening your home to save money and the planet. Thanks for reading!