Category Archives: Smart Hacks

10 Tips to Save On Water Bills At Home

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There is a lot of talk about how to save money when it comes to saving energy through electricity, or saving money per month by using less gas. However, while water may not be the most expensive bill on your utilities paper each month, you can still save with intelligent planning.

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Water bills can be lowered to the point of saving hundreds per year for families. For individuals, you can likely save near hundreds per year even with small changes to your daily activities. The best part is that you do not have to change your entire lifestyle to save on your water bill. It simply takes a little planning, and a bit of noticing where you can personally save.

Tip 1 : “Dry Shower”

One of the most wasteful activities families and individuals partake in is the shower. Many individuals spend upwards of 20-30 minutes in a shower, enjoying the running water down the body.

To save money, attempt a “dry shower”. Turn on the shower and wet yourself down. Then turn off the water and lather yourself fully. Once you have lathered your hair and body with appropriate soaps, turn the water back on to rinse off. You will have saved a lot of time by incorporating this idea. Most of us tend to do a more thorough job quickly when the water is off, as we are more self-aware.


Tip 2: Use A Low Flow Shower Head

Use a low flow shower head. This will reduce the number of gallons of water you use per minute in the shower. Hence, this will help you save money but also the environment.


Tip 3 : Wash Dishes Manually

Instead of running the dishwasher, try doing your dishes by hand. The dishwasher often uses much more water than necessary. It is important to make sure that you wait until your dishwasher is full, rather than running it daily.

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Many individuals wait only until the washer is half-full. This can mean as many as twice the number of washer loads. Going one step further, avoid the washer altogether. Instead of running the water consistently during your washing, try using a prefilled sink. This way, you have used a set amount of water.


Tip 4: Drip System and Watering Times

Instead of running sprinklers or a hose, invest a rather small amount of money into a drip-system for your plants. You may still need a sprinkler or hose for a general lawn. However, by having a system going directly to your ulterior plants, you can save money on superfluous sprinkler times. It is equally important to make sure you are watering plants at the proper times of day.

If you have water on mid-day, more of that possible hydration is evaporating instead of being utilized by the plant. Conversely, if you water early or late in the day, more of the water can be absorbed by the plants. One of the most common ridiculous wastes of water also involves the sprinkler. Many individuals allow their sprinklers to stay on during the autumn and winter.

Not only are most plants getting enough hydration during these seasons, but many plants and grasses die out naturally and temporarily. Taking a couple extra minutes to note if you need the water systems running is worth saving throughout the year.


Tip 5: Use Water Conservation Kits

There are many utility companies, including water departments who offer complimentary water conservation kits. You will need to contact your local utility department to check if they do provide free water conservation kits.


Tip 6: Place Brick In Toilet Tank

It may sound weird at first. But it works. Try placing a brick in your toilet’s tank. This will reduce the space of the water gallons in the tank. Hence, you will use a reduced amount of water for every flush.


Tip 7: Silent Leaks

One of the main suspect in making high utility bills is silent leak. There are a few ways you can check for silent leak- using food coloring and cups.

First, ascertain that you indeed have a leak by jiggling the handle of the toilet. If it does, then you have a leak. However, it may or may not be the only silent leak your toilet can have. To verify, put in 8-10 drops of food colorings into the tank of water. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes. Next, see if the food coloring has seeped into the toilet bowl. If it does, repair them yourself or engage a professional plumber to help out.

The other silent leaks culprits are the sinks and tubs. To ensure that you do not waste water from the silent leaks in sinks and tubs, do place an empty cup below them before heading to work. If you realize that there are significant water in the cups, then you can be sure that there is a silent leak. The best way is to get a professional plumber and fix this problem.


Tip 8: Check For Other Leaks

The next thing to do is to check for leaks in the piping under the home or the home meter. There are a few ways to do so. First, it is to check the meter box and the lid. If there are debris, do not attempt to contact your water department as yet. It is likely that your meter is reading a GPS signal. To detect a leak, see if your meter shows a small yellow or red/ star or triangle. Then switch off all the electricity in the home. If the meter is still running, then you can certify that you indeed have a leak. It is time to call a professional plumber for help.

The other option is to call the department in your area. Most of the time, they will be able to send a service man to inspect for leaks at token sum. Chances are that it would be cheaper than calling a certified plumber yourself.


Tip 9: Turn Off Icemaker

One of the most utility bill consuming item is the ice-maker machine. Turning the ice-maker on only when ice is running low is a great way to save on electricity. You can also turn it off and use the conventional ice trays during colder seasons like winter.


 

10 Social Media Apps Anyone Can Use to Boost Their Popularity

HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 06, 2014: Social media are trending and both business as consumer are using it for information sharing and networking.

In the age of internet-based interpersonal communication, the use of social media has exploded. People now connect through their personal computers, laptops, and even their smartphones. More people are finding ways to connect through more social media sites and applications than ever before. Here are 10 social media applications you can use to gain more friends and associates than ever before.

HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 06, 2014: Social media are trending and both business as consumer are using it for information sharing and networking.

Facebook

The first application one should utilize to up their connectivity to countless individuals is Facebook. With over 800 million users, Facebook is a must-have for helping you grow your connectedness to everyone else around you. Reconnect with old friends, search for new ones, and find people who like all the same things you do. There is little limitation to who you can find when using the most popular social media in the world.

Twitter

If you have ever wanted to know what everyone is thinking at every point of the day, twitter is perfect for you. In all seriousness, Twitter has become a fantastic way for the popular and famous to become more connected to their followers. You too can gather a following through twitter quickly and easily. As long as you have something interesting to say or show, anyone can begin following you and linking to your Facebook, Reddit, or like social profiles to follow you fulltime.

Linkedin

For the more business-minded individual, there is Linkedin. This application allows you to network with other business individuals around you. The use of “Connections” (friends and associates) helps you find others in your field or that you would like to connect to. These are known as “Second-Party” or “Third-Party” Connections. In other words, you will be automatically linked up to various individuals who are “friends of friends” and so forth. Networking through business has never been easier.

Gather

Gather is a social app that focuses on collecting groups of people who enjoy the same activities and interests. While the idea may be a simple one, it also makes a lot of sense when trying to boost one’s popularity. Instead of trudging around looking for people that may be interested in the same things, leave nothing to chance. Whether it is a movie, a genre of music, or a type of activity, you will find instant connections with Gather.

Reddit

Whether you want to post a great picture, or look at others’ pictures and chat about them, Reddit is the social app for you. You can find almost any type of picture, animated gif, or short video on Reddit. You can even post your own videos and allow others to chat along with you. Reddit connects to many other social media apps, allowing you to connect a great picture you found to things like Facebook.

9gag

It can be said that laughter brings people together more than any other form of interaction. With that in mind, 9Gag is a great way to make friends and new acquaintances. Comment on other person’s pictures and videos. Meet others who hold the same sense of humour as you do. The 9gag application also syncs up with your other social media applications, so that you can share a great laugh with everyone on your parallel social media apps.

Tuntable.fm

A marvellous concept which marries chatting and live listening experience, Turntable.fm lets you chat with friends whilst listening to music. While the idea may seem simple and hacky, brining friends in to listen to music is a great way to build connections. Everybody loves to share his or herfavorite song. And if nothing else, you can all bag on whatever others are listening to, building a kinship on the spot.

Spotify

Following in the music trend, Spotify made a partnership with Facebook so that you can share your music with your growing base of friends. One of the strongest indirect forms of communication is the sharing of music. The connection that can be made from liking the same types of music can often be stronger than any other like-interest. Using Spotify to connect with others can help you grow your general popularity with individuals that share the same music interest as you.

Voxer

Why stick with just sending text messages to friends when you can leave them a voice message. Voxer allows you to leave a “voice notes” to those friends that you want to connect with in a verbal fashion. This can add a personal touch when speaking with your growing number of friends and acquaintances.