Want or need things for your green home -- but just can't afford the eco-changes in this economy? And if you are unemployed, you can make good use of your time by entering contests that will, with luck, nab you the green changes you seek:

>> Win a Green Home Makeover by entering the Go Solar Sweepstakes. You'll get everything from eco-insulation to energy-efficient appliances to green furniture and home decor!

>> Learn about the the 10 easiest house plants to grow at Re-Nest, then leave a comment on the post for a chance to win a magical shell garden from VivaTerra (pictured above).

>> Win $20,000 for your favorite local nonprofit. Actually, the nonprofit itself will need to do the work of submitting a proposal for a worthy project -- but you can nudge them to enter the scholarship contest run by Tom's of Maine.