In the high
heat of the summer, water can become a luxury, and it is tempting to overuse it
when we have so much access to it. Use these tips to help save your wallet as
well as the environment this summer.
- Be precise with your watering
When watering your yard or plants, water them when the sun is not strong, such as in the morning or the evening. This will prevent water loss from evaporation. If using an automatic sprinkler system, make sure you are only watering your yard and not the sidewalk or driveway to avoid wasting water.
2. Check for leaks
Leaks can cause gallons of water to be wasted if you don’t catch them. Test to make sure your toilet isn’t leaking by putting a drop of food coloring into the tank, then see if color appears in the bowl. If it does, there is a leak. Double-check that none of your sinks are leaking from the pipes below them onto the cabinets or floor too. These are leaks that can be easily fixed if you take five minutes to check.
3. Don’t hand wash
Washing anything by hand always ends up using more water than if you had used a larger water appliance. This applies to scenarios such as using your dishwasher or going to a car wash instead of hand washing your dishes or car.
4. Turn off wasted water
Make sure to turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, even if you tell yourself this is just going to be a quick brush. The water will add up. On a larger scale, turn off the showerhead while you are soaping or shaving.
5. Use water buckets
In the shower you can collect runoff water that would
otherwise be drained and put it to use in your home for activities such as
watering your plants. Outside, you can also use a rain bucket to collect rain
water. This can also be used to water your plants and prevent runoff from
polluting our local rivers.
1. Free moving
Many local places such as post offices, liquor stores, and
offices have lots of empty boxes lying around that they are most likely going
to recycle. It doesn’t hurt to ask them
if they have any extra boxes that they don’t mind giving away to help you save
on moving boxes.
2. “Reusable” packing material
Instead of packing up your delicate items in packing
peanuts, pack up your items with your linens. Using your towels or t-shirts,
wrap up your fragile items to protect them from the move, all while saving
money and packing space.
3. Pack smart
Large items should be packed within big boxes. But try to
fit small items inside these big items when applicable. An easy example would
be packing your clothes inside your suitcase when packing your bag.
4. Sell your items
Having a garage sale or offering any miscellaneous items to
neighbors is an easy way to make a little extra cash and free up moving space
(save money on having to purchase fewer boxes or moving trucks). Ebay or
Craig’s list is also an easy way to earn money on any items large or small.
5. Consider age
If you have any old appliances that are almost at the end of
their lifetime anyway, consider not moving them. You can replace them once you
get to your new home.
Rather than paying to put your child in daycare or your dog
in a kennel for the day while you move, ask a friend or relative if they
wouldn’t mind taking care of them to help you save.
7. Load up a cooler
Rather than throwing away all of your groceries from your
home, fill them in a cooler to help keep them fresh until they make it to your
new home. This will help you save by not having to buy all new groceries at
your new location.
8. Portable storage
Contact Zippy Shell today to get a quote on our portable storage units. You load up your belongings however you please, and we will simply move them for you! Then you can unload your items at your convenience.