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BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogAs temperatures warm up in the spring, you can typically expect to see your water bill creep higher. One of the most significant reasons for this is because of extra water usage for lawn care and other exterior purposes. However, there are other reasons why your water bill may be higher during these seasons. Water waste is significant and problematic in many homes in the spring and summer. A closer look reveals how you may be able to rein in your water bills and save a substantial amount of money in the months ahead. Identify and Repair Leaky Pipes Once freezing temperatures have abated, any pipes that have ruptured over the winter may begin leaking water. Some of these issues are immediately apparent in the home. However, if the leaks are in your sprinkler system or other exterior pipes, they can be difficult to identify. Schedule plumbing maintenance in early spring to identify and repair these issues. Plumbing maintenance is also a smart way to address toilets that run frequently, slow drips in the bathroom faucet and other issues that can contribute to water waste in the home. Upgrade Your Sprinkler System If your sprinkler system is older or basic, it may not be equipped with weather sensors. Advanced systems can detect rain, humidity, temperature and other factors to determine how frequently your lawn requires hydration. This prevents you from wasting water by running a sprinkler when hydration is not yet needed. Harvest and Use Rainwater Another effective way to reduce water waste at home and to save money in the process is to invest in a rainwater collection system. By attaching a collection feature, such as a rain barrel, to the downspout on your gutter system, rain that falls onto your roof can be captured. When you need to wash your car, water your garden by hand or use water for other similar outdoor purposes, you can use this free water rather than paying money to tap into the public water supply When the concept of reducing your water bill originally came to mind, you may have thought about needing to make stressful and inconvenient changes in how you use water. While you could save money by cutting your time in the shower by half, you can see that there are easier ways to save water. Identify how each of these tips may apply to your home, and implement them today to enjoy immediate results.
BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogWhen you think about green home living, things, like reducing energy consumption, recycling and conserving water, may come to mind. However, you cannot overlook the importance of your impact on wastewater as well. While wastewater can be treated, the treatment capabilities in different areas varies. In many cases, phosphorous, nitrates and other pollutants may remain in the treated water in small amounts. This means that the fresh water that enters your home may not be as pure and clean as you may think. By understanding and adjusting your own impact on wastewater, you may be able to do your part to reduce pollution and to lead a greener life at home. Pollution from Runoff The two primary impacts that may affect pollution in sewage systems from residential runoff are the amount of runoff that flows off of your property and the chemicals that are in that water. Therefore, avoiding the use of chemicals on your property is essential. This may be accomplished by using natural fertilizers rather than chemical fertilizers. You can also use natural pest control methods rather than harsh chemical products. In addition to avoiding the use of chemical products on your property, you can also use rain collection methods to harvest rainwater and use it beneficially rather than to allow it to run off of your property in large quantities. Pollution from In-Home Waste In-home wastewater from flushing the toilet and using the shower, tub and sink drains also should be a focal point. Wastewater treatment plants are designed to treat typical waste from these features, but some people put other things down their pipes and drains that may be more difficult for treatment plants to remove. For example, some people flush unused prescription medications down the toilet or use chemical drain cleaning products. These and other unintended uses of the wastewater system can have a harsh impact on the quality of treated water that re-enters your home later. Disposing of all waste properly and calling a plumber for assistance with clogged drains are helpful steps to improve your green lifestyle at home. Now that you understand more about the impact that your current lifestyle may be having on the environment through wastewater, you can take proactive steps to improve in these areas. When in doubt about the impact that a certain activity may have on the public water supply, research the activity online. This can help you to make informed decisions that ultimately may promote the health of the environment.
BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogOne of the more common reasons why individuals order a home inspection is to identify minor and significant repair issues that require their attention. Many people order a property inspection during the real estate purchase process so that they can learn more about the true condition of the home, but homeowners may also order an inspection periodically for this same purpose. You may not realize it, but a home inspection report may help you to identify ways to help the environment through various home repair or maintenance projects. Identify Areas of Water Waste A typical home inspector is not a plumber, but he or she will usually review plumbing features. Through an inspection, you may learn about leaks in the hot water heater, pipes, toilet or other features that require your attention. Some inspectors may refer you to a plumber for further diagnosis. If your inspection report indicates a possible leak or other concern, remember that water waste may continue until the issue is repaired. Therefore, it is wise to contact a plumber as soon as possible if there is a need to do so. Pinpoint Energy Loss Locations Likewise, a home inspector may identify unnecessary energy loss in the home. Inspectors will review all doors and windows, and he or she may discover that the seals are damaged and require replacement. An inspector may also review the HVAC system and appliances. Through his or her review of these items, energy loss may be noted in different ways. As is the case with plumbing issues, energy loss may continue until the problem is professionally repaired. Focus on Signs of Pest Damage You may not think that pest damage can affect how environmentally-friendly your home is, but this is not the case. Many pests can destroy your home in various ways. For example, some pests will eat or damage insulation in the walls, and this can result in unnecessary energy loss. They may also damage the exterior of the home to create vulnerable areas that are prone to energy loss. Remember that any damaged materials that require replacement may result in the unnecessary environmental impact associated with replacement materials. If an inspector finds this kind of damage, they may recommend a company like EMCO Pest Control that can help you eliminate pests and better protect your home from future problems. Now that you know more about the many ways that a home inspector may assist you with making your home environmentally-friendly, you may be eager to order a home inspection. By doing so, can get a better idea of what the true condition of your home is and which steps need to be taken to improve its condition.
BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogMany homeowners notice that their water consumption escalates each spring as the outdoor temperatures increase. This extra water consumption can be a drain on your budget, and it also indicates that you may be unnecessarily contributing more than your share to a water shortage issue. By taking a few steps around the house, you can reduce water waste this spring, save money in the process and promote the health of the environment. Watch for Signs of a Hidden Water Leak Some homeowners have water leaks in their pipes and are unaware of the issue. When frigid temperatures are in place, the pipes may be partially frozen and barely allowing a trickle of water through. However, when temperatures rise, the water flow and water waste may increase substantially. Watch your water bill for unexplained increases. Pay attention to the yard for signs of lush, green areas despite the fact that you have not watered recently and that it has not rained. Listen carefully to the sounds of your quiet house to determine if you hear dripping or trickling. These are among the most common signs of a hidden leak. Repair Plumbing Leaks Quickly While some leaks are hidden, other water issues are obvious and even annoying. For example, you may have a toilet that runs for no apparent reason or a slow drip in the kids’ bathroom sink. These are easy to overlook, but they can contribute to significant water waste. For most leaks, contact a plumber like those at High Speed Plumbing Inc. immediately to schedule repair service. The longer it goes on, the worse it can be for your home. Make Upgrades to Conserve Water Even if no leaks are present in your plumbing system, there is a good chance that you and your family members are using more water than you need to. There are many steps that you can take to conserve water, such as investing in low-flow toilets and faucets. You can also use a rainwater collection system to capture rain. This water can be used to irrigate the lawn and gardens, for flushing toilets and more. The use of water is a necessary part of life, and you may rely on the convenience of having water available on demand in your home. However, some people are using more water than they need to unnecessarily. This spring, take the time to look for water leaks that may be causing wasted water. Then, take the additional step of looking for ways that you and your loved ones could conserve water. These efforts can help you to save money and to enjoy a more eco-friendly home.