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Earth Day should be Everyday but this year, it's on April 22nd

Posted by Amy Siders on April 15, 2022 0 Comments

Our Waterhouse logo may be blue but our blood runs green around here. 

We recycle.  We re-use.  We upcycle.  We do what we can, when we can to make our showroom, our homes, and our community better places to work, live, and play.

Here's some quick tips from the Waterhouse to help take the sting out of your electric and water bills. 

Conserve energy and conserve cash at the same time!

 

  1. Seal up cracks around doors and windows in your home

Did you know if you add all the neglected cracks and leaks in the average home, it equals the space of a two-foot by two-foot hole?

Heat may be inadvertently seeping out, driving up your energy consumption and bills this winter. Take time to check for gaps around doors and windows and seal them up by caulking or installing weather stripping.

  1. Wait until you have a full load to do laundry

Washing one large load of laundry will take less energy than washing two smaller loads. Most people tend to "under load," rather than overload, their washers. Before washing, check your machine's capacity in pounds and weigh your dirty clothes to ensure that you have a full load.

  1. Re-arrange your furniture to take advantage of natural light

By positioning furniture to maximize light from windows and doors, you'll use less energy to brighten your home. To bring more light in, make sure your window coverings are sheer or pulled back

  1. Make your own household cleaners using natural ingredients

Make your own cleaning products for a safer alternative for furniture polish, all-purpose cleaner. Visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/ for alternatives to commercial products that you can whip up yourself using borax, washing soda, distilled white vinegar, baking soda, salt, club soda, cooking oil or lemons.

For the not-so-industrious of us, check out some of our very favorite, readily available cleaning products from Wellaroma here:  https://www.wellaroma.com/collections/household-cleaner

  1. Water your yard or garden in the early morning or evening when it's cooler

By watering during cooler hours, you can discourage excessive evaporation from your lawn and garden since the sun won't be able to burn off the moisture, therefore saving hundreds of gallons of water. Also, remember to adjust sprinkler heads and water flow to avoid "watering" those surfaces and structures that don't need H2O.

 

  1. Check out the Energy Star Home Advisor to get green advice

Visit http://www.energystar.gov/ to learn how to make your home greener. Just enter your ZIP code and basic information about your heating and cooling system, and the Home Advisor will provide you with home improvement projects to increase your energy efficiency and comfort.

  1. Wash your clothes on the cold or warm cycle for energy savings

Stay away from the hot cycle and you'll save on energy — between 80 and 85 percent. And be sure to clean out your dryer's lint filter after each load — it helps it run more efficiently and saves you $40 a year in electricity costs.

  1. Look for Long-Lasting Cleaning Supplies

Forgo single-use products, such as disinfectant wipes or dusting sheets, for reusable options. Invest in cotton washrags and natural-bristle brushes that can be cleaned and used longer.

HAPPY EARTH DAY from the WATERHOUSE TEAM!

 

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