Archive for May, 2009

Some whirlpool tubs come with a self-cleaning function which is great. If yours doesn’t, you should clean the system yourself. You can buy whirlpool jet cleaners but it’s not necessary, just use 2 tablespoons of liquid dish-washer detergent. Fill the tub with warm water, 2″ above the highest jet and add the cleaner. Turn on the jets and let run for about 5 minutes. To rinse, empty the tub and refill with cold water and run another 5 minutes. They recommend cleaning the jets once a month.

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Weather-based irrigation controllers can save nearly 24 billion gallons per year across the United States—approximately equal to more than 7,000 hoses constantly running for a full year

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The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and new wastewater treatment facilities

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Avoid pouring grease or fat into your disposal or drain.

Avoid using hot water when grinding food waste.

Always use a strong flow of cold water when grinding food waste. Run water for a few seconds after grinding is complete

If your disposer developes an odor, grind citrus fruit peels to freshen the drain

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Now that the weather is warming a little and our thoughts turn to lawn work and outdoor chores, be careful using those outside faucets the first time. Even if you disconnected your hoses for the winter, those faucets can still freeze and break during extreme cold spells. They don’t leak until you turn them on and you may not realize it until you have flooded your basement or crawl space. It’s a good idea to check for a leak the first time you use each outdoor faucet this spring.

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