Home Water Savings Tip #458 – Inside – Wash Dishes in Basin In Sink vs Sink

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 458, Wash Dishes in Basin In Sink vs Sink. Hand washing dishes uses less water and less hot water than using a dishwasher. Using a wash basin or tub is even more water efficient. Why? Well, once you finish washing your dishes you can use the left over water to water your … [Read more...]

Some Proof That Tree Fertilizer Spikes Work

Jobes Tree Fertilizer Spikes

This weekend you might have already finished fertilizing your lawn. What about your trees and shrubs? Below you will see two pictures each with one tree. The trees are the same age and were planted on the same day within side by side neighboring lawns. The first tree has very noticeable leaves starting to appear. The second tree, the one behind the first in the above picture? Well, its leaves are not quite as prominent. Why the difference? Tree fertilizer spikes. The tree … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #345 – Heating – Dense Shrubs On North Wall

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 345,  Use Dense Shrubs on North / Windy Side of Building. This is similar to and earlier suggestion. The difference is that some buildings do not have a full foot from the outside of the wall. While planting the evergreens or dense shrubs a foot or so away is preferable … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #330 – Heating – Strategic Shrub and Bush Placement

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 330,  Plant Insulating Barrier of Shrubs 1 Foot From House. The idea here is to create a wind break on the side of the house which received the most direct wind in the winter. By doing this, you stop much off the cold wind from reaching the exterior wall to reduce the … [Read more...]

Little Wonder Single Edge Hedge Trimmer a Little Dangerous

Little Wonder

Yesterday I showed you my results, or lack thereof, attempting to trim off the top 2 feet of the previously neglected cedar hedge by the railing of our deck. As you saw, the results of that effort were not pretty. So, the next day I went to Home Depot to rent a more appropriate tool. As fortune would have it, one of the tools the associate in the Home Depot Tool Rental area suggested was this one: Sure, it is an electric trimmer, but one with both a much longer blade area than my … [Read more...]

Trimming the Top Of the Hedge

Unkept Cedar Hedge by Deck

Yesterday we showed you our starting point. On one side of our backyard we have this overgrown cedar hedge which we need to address. My plan was to start by attempting to trim the top of the hedge by the deck from the kitchen. I wanted the top of the cedar hedge to be just a bit higher than the top of the deck's railing. When we moved into this house three years ago, this part of the cedar hedge was beneath the top of the deck's railing. Now, I had this Black and Decker electric … [Read more...]

Trimming the Neglected Cedar Hedge

Unkept Cedar Hedge

What an experience. I have lived in many different houses over the years, but never one which had a cedar hedge. So, I had no first had experience with them. As well, the only neighbouring properties with cedar hedges where those where the cedar's tended to die from lack of water and excessive heat. So, with our current home, I was learning 'on the job' as they say; learning by trial-and-error. We write about our home renovation, home maintenance and home energy water conservation … [Read more...]

LED Indoor / Outdoor Christmas Lights from Canadian Tire

Noma LED Christmas Lights 011

Last year we wrote about the solar powered outdoor Christmas lights we used in the back and front of our home. The comments we received to that article were many. If they were any indication, some types of solar powered Christmas lights perform inconsistently. In fact, one doesn't see them advertised as much this year; at least I don't. Perhaps the low price of these LED lights and current solar technology prohibits a consistently performing product. This year, I decided to … [Read more...]

Fall Garden Cleanup – 1

Front Garden Before Clean Up 1

No time like the present. Winter is coming. And, I want to clean up the front garden now before it gets cold outside making this task more unpleasant than it already is. OK, so it's not hard ... when it is still nice and warm and sunny outside. So here are some home maintenance tips you can use for your own garden. I purposely (that is my story and, yes, I am sticking with it) left our front garden unattended all summer, just to see how many weeds might grow through the garden mulch. … [Read more...]

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