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How Eco-Friendly Homeowners Like You Can Conserve Water

How Eco-Friendly Homeowners Like You Can Conserve Water

March 22 was world water day. The day was designed to emphasize the importance of saving water, not only because of the vast amount of energy required to transport it to people’s homes but because the world’s freshwater supply is under pressure. Take the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for instance. The sea level of the Aral Sea has fallen by over a third since the middle of the twentieth century and continues to fall today thanks to the demands of the local population.

It’s gotten many eco-conscious homeowners thinking about what they can do to save water. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your water consumption.

Cut Down On Showers

Showers are often seen as a frugal alternative to baths because they are perceived to use less water. However, they only use less water if showers are short. Longer showers – that is, in the 20 minute-plus range – actually wind up using more water than the average bath.

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Older showers are even worse. These often use as much as a gallon of water a minute. So if you want to stay eco-friendly, make your showers as brief as possible.

Repair Leaks

Millions of tons of water are lost every year thanks to leaky piping. As such, next time you do your waterwork plumbing, check and make sure that there are no leaks. If there are, then you could be paying over the odds for your water bill and causing unnecessary damage to the environment.

Take advantage of the Sun
Instead of running your lights and whites through 2-3 washing machine cycles, hoping that they will eventually come out as bright or white as you knew them, consider hanging them out in the sun. The process is called sun bleaching and is a bulletproof method to remove difficult spots and brighten your clothes. As a quick tip spread them out as much as possible for a better result.

Stop Watering Your Lawn

It’s nice to have a bright, green lawn during the hot summer months. But watering your lawn in the summer takes up a lot of water. More than baths and showers combined.

When it comes to lawns, you’ve got two options. You can either get a smaller lawn and replace the rest with gravel landscaping and shrubs. Or you can change the type of grass you use to one that is more able to cope with the warm summer temperatures. Different species of grass have different tolerances, so choose wisely. Remember that in extended periods of heat and drought your lawn will still go brown.

Build A Rain Collector

Rain collectors are an excellent way to reduce your impact on the environment and store water for your garden for when it really needs it. You can attach a hose or a sprinkler to your rain collector if your collector is on a raised platform.

Install Modern Toilets

If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that you’ve got an older toilet. In the past, toilet manufacturers weren’t so bothered helping their customers save water, and so each flush was several gallons. Now though, toilet manufacturers are making loos which use a fraction of the water. Choose one of these if you want to be more eco-friendly.

Water Your Plants In The Morning

Gardeners have known for a long time that watering your plants in the morning is better because it gives the water time to soak into the soil before the sun evaporates it all.

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What They Don’t Tell You About The Homeowner Experience

What They Don’t Tell You About The Homeowner Experience

You’ve saved up for months, or even years. You’ve gone through the stress and worry of mortgage applications. You’ve even convinced your friends to help you decorate! That moment when you finally have the keys in your hand to your first home feels absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, that might also be the moment you realize you’re in at the deep end of home ownership. You can’t figure out how to get the heating working, the lights won’t stay on, and there is a very nasty smell coming from behind the wall!

Generally speaking, many of us have successful home purchases, and the previous owners do a good job making sure we’re settled in well. That doesn’t mean that things won’t go wrong over time. After all, nothing lasts forever. In the past, it was easy to call the landlord or building manager to make things right. You were a tenant and your rent covered maintenance as well as repairs. But now this place is yours, and you need to sharpen your DIY skills or call in some help at your own expense.

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Boilers for hot water and heating systems can be very expensive to service, maintain or replace. Unfortunately, for your own safety, this is a cost you will have to bear at least once a year. Only qualified plumber engineers are permitted to work on this equipment so prepare for a significant labor charge. There are insurance policies that may include your annual checks. If the boiler needed replacement, you may be without gas or water services for a day or two.

Leaky pipes and blocked toilets are other challenging tasks to take on. Many of us manage OK with tightening a bolt or flushing through a toilet. If the problems can’t be resolved, then you may need to pay someone to help. Things do break and wear over time. Regular checks can help avoid the damage done if it does go wrong.

Your property boundaries are your legal responsibility to maintain. Erecting new fences or walls if yours collapses during a storm is a big job. If you need a handyman service to help you,  then call one to make it quicker and easier for things to be safe and secure again. You might feel like you should be able to manage, but when you’re new to these things, it’s best to call the professionals.

Paying the mortgage is an enormous responsibility. Life has a habit of throwing big changes your way. A relationship break-down, a job loss, or a big bill can cause financial difficulties that leave you short on your mortgage payment. Whatever happens, let your mortgage lender know times are tough. Pay what you can rather than missing any payments, and request a revised payment schedule until you get back on your feet. The last thing you want is for the bank to take your home from you.

There is a lot of pride and a lot of pleasure to be had from owning your own home. Decorating and furnishing it your way is part of that. Of course, as your circumstances change, you can even change the property to accommodate that. Enjoy your new home.

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