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Uncategorized A whole bunch of ways to do your part in conserving water

A whole bunch of ways to do your part in conserving water

We all know that conserving water is pretty important these days, but how do we go about it? We are all being encouraged to do more to help save water and cut down our own usage, however it can be hard to know where to begin. Here, we look at some handy tips to help you to save water in your home. Many of them are quick, easy and inexpensive but will make a big difference overall if we all do our bit.

In Your Kitchen

  • Avoid rinsing leftover food down your sink after a meal. Instead put them in the garbage
  • Wash your dirty dishes in lukewarm rather than hot water
  • While you wait for dish water to heat up, use the cool water to fill up ice cube trays, fill your pet’s bowl or fill the water pitcher to keep in your fridge
  • If you have leftover ice cubes following a party, throw them onto your lawn
  • If your kitchen faucet is leaking, make sure to repair it immediately. Dripping faucets can waste a huge amount of water in the long term
  • Invest in an aerator for your shower head and faucet
  • Only use your dishwasher when the load is full to save energy and water or use an eco setting
  • If you’re holding a party, use paper cups and plates and then recycle them afterwards

In Your Laundry Room

  • Don’t run your washing machine until the load is full
  • Replace a washing machine that is more than 10 years old as a newer machine will waste less energy and water

In Your Bathroom

  • Instead of running your tap while brushing your teeth, use a refillable water bottle with a cup instead
  • Don’t leave your shower to warm up, just get straight in
  • Collect the cool water while warming your shower in a bucket and then use it to water your lawn
  • Keep your shower time down to 3 minutes and switch off the water while you shampoo
  • Time yourself in the bathroom to keep your shower brief
  • Switch off the water while you shave
  • Don’t flush your toilet simply to get rid of tissues, throw them in the trash instead

Outdoors

  • Avoid washing your car too frequently
  • Refuse water in a restaurant unless you’re planning on drinking it
  • Use aerator sandals to reduce how much water your lawn needs
  • Use water efficient sprinkler heads
  • Make sure your sprinklers only hit your lawn and not your porch or pavement
  • Avoid watering your lawn every day
  • Run your sprinklers for a few minutes less than you normally would
  • Don’t use a hose to clean your pavement, sweep it instead
  • Catch rain in a barrel and then use it for watering your lawn
  • Use a pool cover to prevent evaporation from the water
Uncategorized Making green choices makes green sense

Making green choices makes green sense

Eco-friendliness is the buzzword of today and climate change has hit the headlines countless times over the last few years. If you’re ready to go green and to make some changes in your lifestyle to help save the planet, there are many things that you can do. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Saving Energy And Saving Money

  • Lower your thermostat by just a few degrees during the winter and raising it by just a few during the warmer months and you can save money on your energy bills
  • When your incandescent bulbs need replacing, switch to CFL bulbs
  • When appliances aren’t in use, make sure they’re unplugged
  • Run your washing machine on a low temperature since up to 85% of energy used in machine washing laundry is expended on heating up the water
  • Instead of using a tumble dryer, use a clothes line

Saving Water And Saving Money

  • Only take short showers to cut down your water usage. This will also lower heating and water bills
  • Invest in a low flow shower head to save on energy and water
  • Install an aerator on every faucet. They conserve water and heat while ensuring water pressure remains high
  • When planning your garden, make sure to plant only varieties which require minimal watering

Use Less Gas

  • Instead of driving to work, cycle or walk instead. Not only will this help you to save on the cost of parking and gas but it’ll also make you healthier
  • Lobby the local government in your area to spend more money on bike lanes and sidewalks. Improvements like these could improve health and reduce traffic

Eating And Drinking

  • If you’re a meat eater, try to cut back by eating one meat free meal per week. Meat is expensive to buy and it also has additional costs to the environment
  • Buy dairy, eggs and meat which is organic and locally raised to keep money in your local economy
  • Forget buying bottled water and filter tap water to purify it instead. This cuts down on plastic waste
  • Use a reusable aluminum water bottle instead of a plastic one when traveling

Think Before Buying

  • Instead of buying new products, look online for second hand ones instead. Services such as FreeSharing and Craigslist are ideal for finding appliances, furnishings and a range of other items at low cost
  • Visit thrift stores and garage sales to find clothing and other items you need
  • Instead of buying books and movies, borrow them from a library. This will not only save you money but will also save on the resources required to print books
  • Instead of buying your own power tools, share with your neighbors
  • Buy items in bulk. This will save on packaging and money
  • Avoid buying a wearing clothes that are dry clean only. This reduces the use of toxic chemicals while saving you money
  • Buy only durable, long lasting products

Avoid Putting Electronics In The Trash

  • Avoid replacing electronics just to upgrade to the newest model.
  • Recycle or donate cell phones and computers when they need replacing. This cuts down on the toxins which are an increasing environmental problem