6 Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly at Home

Next week Engineers Week at USU. Here are some easy engineering projects you can do at home to save money and natural resources!


  1. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to start a compost bin! Fill it with your fruit and vegetable scraps, leftover coffee grinds, eggshells AND more, and spread it on your garden or indoor house plants for healthy soil. For a complete list of things you can compost check out this site: http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/100-things-you-can-compost
  2. To keep warmer in the winter and cool in the summer, especially if you have an older home, line your windows with bubble wrap.
  3. To save on money and water for your lawn, collect rainfall in a screened container. The screen will prevent mosquito larvae from growing.
  4. If you do end up with an abundance of mosquitos, you can make your own mosquito traps using brown sugar and a plastic bottle. Here’s the full instructions: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Plastic-Bottle-Mosquito-Trap
  5. Waterproof your fabrics using tin cloth. Learn how.
  6. Unclog drains without using harsh chemicals! This recipe calls for baking soda and vinegar!


Check out our Community Night on February 23rd to see what cool projects our engineers made and learn more tricks. For more info go to http://www.engineering.usu.edu/events/engineers-week

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