Save Water_part 3

May 27th, 2011 - 

Saving devices 

For part one see here.
For part two see here.

 – A rainwater tank prevents precious rainwater coming off your roof and ending up as storm water run-off. Tanks supply water for outdoor use, flushing toilets and washing clothes and reduce flash flooding in our creeks.  
– A grey water system using water from your bathroom and/or laundry (not toilet or kitchen) is a good alternative source of water for your garden. Water can be piped through a flexible hose or bucketed to any part of your garden and does not require Council approval. If you plan to install a grey water diversion system, that requires connection to household plumbing you will need to apply for Council approval.
– A pool blanket reduces pool and spa water loss to evaporation, minimises chemical use, prevents debris entering your pool and increases the water temperature by up to 8°C. It can save up to 100 liters of water per day. As it simply floats on your pool surface, it’s easy to install. 
A water sense lifestyle can achieve water savings in your home. Look for products with a high Water Efficiency Labeling Standard (WELS) star rating. Install water-saving devices such as flow restrictors, dual flush toilets, water-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, shower heads and taps. 
Reuse water from your house on your garden by placing a basin in your kitchen sink to catch water when rinsing fruits and vegetables and by using a bucket in the shower to catch the water while you’re waiting for it to warm up.

Save Water_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 

In the garden 

For part one see here.
For part three see here.

– Maintain healthy soil. Soils in good condition absorb water best.  
– Natural shade trees in the right position can reduce plant water use and offer opportunities for planting shade-loving native shrubs and ground covers.  
– Mulch beds and pots. This reduces water lost to evaporation by up to 70%.  
– Group plants with similar watering needs together.

 – Water deeply but less often to encourage strong root systems and hardier plants.

– Add organic wetting agents (available from garden centers) to help keep water and nutrients in the soil.

– Water early or late in the day (in accordance with current water restrictions) to reduce evaporation and don’t water when it’s windy or rainy.  
– If using grey water, choose biodegradable products with low levels of phosphorus, sodium, nitrogen and chlorine.

10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 
The first 5 ways to consume less energy you can find here.

6. Take the bus or other public transportation: I know, I know, it’s not the most pleasant thing in the world when you have to cram into a public transit vessel, but this is another of the changes that you can make that will have a huge impact. If, on a daily basis, you’re the only person using your car merely to get to and from work, you’re a prime candidate for a bus commute. Look into how long it takes to take public transit, you may be surprised at how quick it is. You’ll save a great deal of money, energy, and resources, and you’ll save all that wear-n-tear on your car too.

7. The Three R’s: We’ve all heard this enough to know it by heart; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. If you’re not recycling you’re literally throwing energy away. It takes far more time, energy, and resources to make a new product from scratch then it does to make one from recycled materials. Only buy products that have been made from recycled parts, that have been made organically, and/or have been manufactured by environmentally conscientious corporations. (say that five times fast)

8. Make meals with friends and family: This is an easily overlooked step, especially in this fast paced world we live in; co-op cooking can save a ton of energy. When you and your friends/family get together on a frequent basis to make meals, there are that many fewer stoves and dishwashers being ran that day. Not only that, but you’ll save money by buying larger quantities which also means less packaging is being used. Pretty simple huh?
9. Collect rainwater to quench your garden and yard: Lawns and foliage like H20, there’s no getting around that, but you can get around paying the utility for it. If you’re like me and you live where it rains a lot, get some barrels and store the sweet stuff. A hose attached to the bottom of a well placed barrel can have fairly decent water pressure. Refer to #1 to see why this is a simple yet important step.

10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a 10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive
amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a traffic light that you know will take at a minute or more to change. You know those lights, the ones that never change, well that’s a prime opportunity to make a difference. Also, keep your vehicle tuned up and running well so you’ll use less gas and create fewer emissions. When cruising around the neighborhood or shopping district in the summer, roll your windows down instead of turning on the AC. But, when speeding along on the highway, having your windows down creates a lot of drag which can actually make your car use more gas, so use the AC instead. Only wash your car at a car wash, use higher octane gas, and carpool whenever possible. All of these little tricks will save you money, and the environment from getting more polluted.

What alternatives do I have for heating my home?

December 11th, 2010 - 

The rising electricity prices obliged us to look for other sources of heating our homes. But apart of costs, it is also a way to reduce the carbon emissions.

Solar heat and solar panels
There are many articles and good books about how to install and make the most of solar panels. The sun, for sure, can be a great source of heating your home. Install a solar hot-air collector panel on your house
exterior. the best location is the south-facing wall. But you will also have to have in mind the sun movement through winter months to find out the best location for our house.

Also the design of your house can improve the heating absorbtion. Some architects integrate the house in the landscape so that you can make use of the ambiental: a home that has a sun exposure to the front of the house it will loose less heat. Also, there are bedrooms that are builded underground because this is a great way to conserve the heat. The earth will retian it through the night.

Paper rolls tips

December 11th, 2010 - 
Toilet paper rolls can be used for gardening, kid play and household. Instead of buying biodegradable pots from the store, just use cardboard tubes for your gardening. Cut each paper tube in two so that at the end you will have two pots. Gently press the end of the roll to create a bottom for each of the toilet paper roll. Arrange all your cups together and put y them into a tray. Fill the cylinders with seed-starting mix and sow your seeds. You will have to water them each day so that they will grow in a few days. You can put them directly in the ground because the cardboard is biodegradable so that it won’t affect the soil.

For sure, reusing means that you save a lot of money, so that means you shouldn’t purchase pots again.