TipJar is a new site powered by Google’s Moderator webapp. It’s a simple hub for community tips on saving money in a number of categories. Announced via Google’s blog, the site uses a basic voting formula that allows for the community of more than 3500 users to bump the best advice to the forefront of the site. The project is powered by the Moderator app, which was created in an engineer’s 20% time at Google. The tool was initially designed for finding the best question during an ongoing conference, but after it’s success, many asked to take it onto the web.
Much of the advice seems obvious, like quitting smoking or turning out the lights when you leave a room, but the site is also filled with some more unique tips. Here a few of our favorites:
Simulate a Low Flush Toilet: If you don’t have a new, water-saver toilet, you can simulate one by putting a clean brick, or a sealed plastic bottle filled with pebbles, or a weighted mason jar, into your toilet tank.
Utilize online bill pay with your bank. It keeps you in much closer contact with your money, as you can keep a very close eye on your balance and be in much less danger of overdrafting. It saves you money on stamps and paper checks.
Keep plants around the house. Gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, azaleas, and bamboo can improve the quality of air inside your home.