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Water saver hints Posted at 11/25/09 - 04:53 PM

The use and overuse of water is becoming a real concern around the world and you can do your bit.  
For a cheap and easy DIY project in the bathroom, replace your full flush toilet with a low-flow,  this can save as much as 70% of your water usage. Dual-flush cisterns are also great because they control the amount of water being used.  If you don't want to replace the cistern, there are gadgets that fit in the cistern and regulate the float or water level, reducing the flush volume for just a few dollars.  Also, check your water authority as some now offer rebates when water saving measures are used.

 

Author: Greg

Reduce Electricity Usage

There are many ways you can reduce electricity use in your home and help reduce your energy bills. If you're interested in using a small renewable energy system to make your own electricity, reducing your electricity loads will help make your system more cost effective.  You can reduce electricity use in your home by focusing on how you use electricity in these areas :

  • Appliances and electronics
    Purchase energy-efficient products and operate them efficiently.  Look for the "Green" or Eco" ratings of the products, this even applies to TV's

  • Lighting
    Purchase energy-efficient products, operate them efficiently, and incorporate more daylighting into your home using energy-efficient windows and skylights.

  • Electric space heating and cooling
    Incorporate passive solar design concepts into your home, which include using energy-efficient windows. Properly insulate and air seal your home. Select an energy-efficient heating system that is efficient or even better, doesn't use electricity and operate them efficiently.

  • Electric water heating
    Purchase an energy-efficient electric water heater and operate it efficiently. Or select an energy-efficient water heater that doesn't use electricity.  Solar hot water can provide hot water even on cloudy days.