Getting To The Point About Fridge Filters
By: Krysten C.
You may have asked yourself why you need to change your refrigerator water filter or why you need to filter your water. To answer why is simple – because you don’t want to consume the things that your filter is cutting out of your water. Like what? You may ask.
- Disinfection process byproduct
Want to learn more about filtering your water? Check it out here!
How To Clean Your Washable Filter
By: Krysten C.
So you wanted to save some money by purchasing a reusable/washable air conditioner filter. However, part of saving money on the overall cost is making sure that you actually wash it. Otherwise, you’ll be putting extra money toward your utility bill when your air conditioner has to go into overdrive just to push your air past all the dust and debris that’s built up. Here’s a guide to cleaning your air conditioner filter.
- Turn off the electricity to your air conditioner, first and foremost.
- Remove the air conditioning unit cover.
- Now, you’ll be able to remove your ac filter. Do so.
- Vacuum off as much dust and debris from the filter as possible. Also, make sure to vacuum around the ac unit as well.
- There are many different solutions that you can use for cleaning your filter. However, we suggest mixing ½ white vinegar and ½ water in a tub large enough to be able to submerge your ac filter. (the solution helps to remove bacteria and kill allergens)
- Let it soak. If you clean your ac filter regularly, an hour should do the trick. If you’ve been skimping a bit, let it soak for several hours.
- After soaking, remove the filter from the solution and let it sit to dry. Don’t rinse it.
- Once thoroughly dried, replace the filter and ac cover. Don’t forget to turn the electricity back on and enjoy the clean, and hopefully cool, air.
What’s Up With Your Water Usage?
By: Krysten C.
Unless you’ve been subjected to the indoors only, you’ve noticed how hot it’s getting outside. In spring and summer months, water usage becomes ever important. We are using water to hydrate, cool off, and clean off from all the activities taking place on a day-to-day basis. Knowing what appliances and activities take up the most amount of water usage and how much will help get you thinking about where you can save a little.
EASY WAYS TO CONSERVE INDOORS:
- Replace your refrigerator water filter. You’ll save the time and water wasted on throwing out water cups and ice cubes filled with black flecks (and that’s just what you can see!).
- Try running your dish and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
- Defrost frozen foods in the microwave (most have a defrost setting that can be quite handy) or in the refrigerator if you have enough time, instead of running water over frozen items.
- Plug up the sink when washing dishes by hand. Using two basins, one for washing and one for rinsing are also helpful. The key is to not let your water run throughout the duration of washing your dishes.
- When brushing your teeth, there’s no need to let the water run. This is a great habit to start, definitely with kids.
- Bust out your pliers and repair leaky faucets and toilets. “Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day,” says DrinkTap.org.
EASY WAYS TO CONSERVE OUTDOORS:
- Easy on the watering. Keep your lawn watering to every 3-5 days in the summer & 10-14 in the winter. Take in to account how much rainfall has occurred.
- Avoid watering your lawn in the hottest part of the day to avoid evaporation. Also, avoid watering when it’s windy. You’ll end up watering your driveway, neighborhood walkers, and yourself more than your yard.
- Cover up your swimming pool, if you’re so lucky to have one (we’re jealous). This will cut your loss of water by evaporation down 90%.
- Getting down and dirty and washing your car is great, but be mindful of how much water you’re using. Also, if you’ve put your kids up to washing the car for you, they may need to supervision.
Want to find more great ways to conserve water? Of course you do! Check out this list of 100 Ways To Conserve Water.