Home Water Savings Tip #438 – Inside – Collect Water To Rinse Things For Plants

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 438, Collect Water Used To Rinse Things For Plants. This is an extension of an earlier water saving idea. What do you rinse in the house? Fruits and vegetables? Sure. Dishes that did not come out completely clean from the dishwasher? What about dishes you wash by hand; … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #435 – Inside – Use Leftover Water in Bottles for Plants

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 435, Use Leftover Water in Bottles for Plants. Of course, it’s clean enough for you to drink so why not for your plants if you cannot finish it? The next time you catch yourself pouring unused water from a water bottle down the kitchen sink before you take it out to the … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #426 – Inside – Collect Dripping Tap Water Until Leak Fixed

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 426, Collect Dripping Water Until Leak Fixed. Of course, fix a leaking faucet as soon as possible, but it is not always possible to fix leaks right a way … life happens. So, put a cup to catch the dripping water and use it to water your indoor and outdoor plants until … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #421 – Inside – Use Bucket in Sink to Catch Warm-up Water

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 421, Use Bucket in Sink to Catch Warm-up Water. What is good enough for the shower is also sufficiently good for the sink. Sure, you might want to replace the bucket with a plastic cup, yet the principle is the same. If you need hot water from the faucet in your sink, why … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #53 – Always Use Task Lighting

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 53, Use Task Lighting, Always. Why use ceiling recessed lighting if you only want light to read a book? Instead, use the table lamp (containing a CFL or better yet an LED energy saving light bulb, of course). Why have the recessed ceiling lights on in the kitchen when … [Read more...]

Preparing The Front Hall Floor for Tiles – Part 1

Sub Floor Gap From Marble Floor Edge

In our last few articles we reviewed the preparation of the laundry room floor for our joint front hall and adjacent laundry room floor tiling project. Today we look at the preparation of the front hall floor, after the original floor tiles have been removed. Look at the picture below. It shows the marble edge of the front hall floor floor at the entrance to the living room on the opposite side from the laundry room. This was taken prior to the front hallway's 23 year old original tiles … [Read more...]

PowerCost Monitor – Place Display Unit For Maximum Visibility

PowerCost Monitor by Coffee Maker

Yesterday I wrote how yes, the PowerCost Monitor did help me to remember to think about the amount of electricity being consumed and to at least think about taking actions if I noticed wasted electricity being consumed in our home. Maximizing the energy savings achieved in the home is not a one time or two time activity; rather, it is an ongoing effort if you are to not waste money from higher than necessary electric utility bills. I also wrote how our kitchen was to room where everyone … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Costs: Small Changes Do Matter, Part 1

electricity graph

In 2005 it became imperative that I get our household expenses in hand. We live in Texas, where the deregulation of the electricity market was supposed to be a good thing. It has been -- for the energy companies. At the time my personal campaign started, we were paying, on average, about .31 cents per kWh. You see, the price of juice down here can vary daily, a fact most people don’t realize. I’m writing this in January 2010 when we’re currently paying .13 cents per kWh, just a penny … [Read more...]

Finishing Bathroom With Caulking – 2

DAP 30 Kitchen and Bathroom Caulking

Yesterday, we wrote about two areas of our daughter's bathroom which were not properly finished with caulking. Here is a before picture for one of the areas just to remind you. The product we used was this one from DAP, their 3.0 Kitchen and Bathroom caulking. Here is what the area on the left now looks like after having applied the caulking along the corner where the ceramic tiled wall meets the wall just with drywall. Now, remember that I certainly do not profess to be … [Read more...]

Finishing Bathroom With Caulking – 1

Uneven Paint in Corner

To me, caulking is one of those home renovation finishing projects which if it is used no one really notices but if it is not used the project looks, well, un-finished. Let me show you our daughter's bathroom. In particular, we are going to focus on two areas. First, look in the picture below where the wall with ceramic tile (on the right) meets the wall with only drywall (on the left). See in the corner how the blue paint is unevenly applied to the corner? Here is a close-up to … [Read more...]

Our Bosch Built-In Dishwasher Model SHV46C

Lower Kitchen Cabinets

We have not written previously about the specific appliances in our remodeled kitchen, so I thought I would write today about my personal favourite, our Bosch Built-In Dishwasher. We had never had a built-in dishwasher in any of our previously homes. What is a built-in dishwasher? Well, the following picture shows the area of our remodeled kitchen containing the main double sink. Now, where is the dishwasher? Even our dog, Sandy, cannot find it.  :-) There it is.  :-) A … [Read more...]

Vinegar vs Liquid Gel Drano

Some plumbers will tell you that once a month you should pour vinegar down your shower and bathtub and sink drains. This is to use the natural ingredients in vinegar to help keep the drains clean. An ounce of prevention, if you will. :-) We used to do this in our previous home and it worked very well. However, in our current home, what with all the home renovation activities and the move, somehow we never got around to do it. Sure enough, about a year after we moved into our current … [Read more...]

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