How to Save Water

Although we may not always realize it, water is a finite resource. Although this may be hard to believe when we turn on the tap and find a rushing flow of water coming out at our demand, but it is true. Experts fear that with a population growth and climate changes, water may become more scarce than we can dream. Even if you are not worried about water shortages, consider this. Water takes energy. When it is through electric pumps that pump the water to you or through water treatment systems, there is energy expended every time you do turn … Continue reading

Collecting Rainwater

Did you know that the average American uses 101 gallons of water a day for their home and yard? As climate changes bring about increased drought, this number will become even more shocking than it already is. Some homeowners are choosing the green option of collecting rainwater. Rainwater can reduce the reliance on city water and save resources, especially as water ordinances and restrictions are becoming tighter and water more scarce. While non-purified rainwater should not be used for drinking, there are so many other uses for it. Rainwater can be used to water lawns and gardens, do laundry, fill … Continue reading

Tap Water is Chic

Isn’t it nice to know that the rest of the world is finally catching up to us frugal people? Well, maybe. Of course, I couldn’t help but notice that the dancing cheerleaders at the Summer Olympics all carried plastic bottles of water in a little hip belt as they cheered and welcomed the athletes in to the stadium, during the opening ceremonies last night. Despite those Summer Olympic cheerleaders, the sales of bottled water are on a major decline, as people opt for water from the tap instead. It used to be oh so cool to lug around bottled water. … Continue reading

Save $1,700 a Year on Water

According to the Brita company, which makes water filters, you can save $1,700 a year on water if you use a Brita water filter. They have ads on television emphasizing where all of those bottles of water that we purchase end up in a landfill practically forever. Their website, also talks about the value in using a filter instead of buying bottles of water. I’ve never done the calculations for bottled water. Do some people only consume bottled water even when they are at home? One of the commercials shows a woman sitting in bed reading with a bottle … Continue reading

75 Things You Can Do to Save Money

If you need or want to tighten your budget, there are so many things that you can do to save money. Pick a few from the list and get started today, or try them all. It will be nice to have some extra money available. Mow your own lawn and perform lawn care yourself. Drink water instead of flavored drinks. Get rid of the cleaning service. Perform your own minor repairs, such as patching a hole or fixing a leaky faucet. Change your oil in the car. Paint a room yourself. Hand wash clothing instead of taking it to the … Continue reading

Save Water with A Faucet Aerator

Here is another little secret to saving water. Use a faucet aerator, and you will cut down on your water usage without noticing any changes in water pressure. A faucet aerator is a small device that attaches to individual faucets throughout your house. You can put a faucet aerator on one faucet or on all of your faucets. It all depends on your needs, although obviously, you will get the most savings if you install the most faucet aerators. The way a faucet aerator works is by reducing the water flow that comes out of the faucet by essentially mixing … Continue reading

6 Products that Pay You Back

With a tiny investment, you can reap great savings rewards. Get a hold of the following products, frugally of course, and start saving now. Netflix or Hulu For just $8 a month, you can have access to hit television shows, movies, specials, sports, news and more. Compare that to $75-$300 a month for cable. Plus, with streaming, you can get your entertainment anywhere. You may already have everything you need to play streaming videos on your television. The Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and most Blu-ray players already offer a streaming feature. If you don’t currently own one of those … Continue reading

Chocolate Festival Sabotage

I just learned that there will be the 1st annual Chocolate Festival nearby in a couple of weeks. They are featuring an “All You Can Eat” Chocolate Buffet. Hmm, do I dare go? I have to go because I have never been to one and I have to see what it is all about. There are going to be demonstrations, activities, and raffles as well. This should be interesting. Actually, chocolate has a lot of good in it, but for a dieter eating chocolate can make you lose your “mind over matter” motto. Every once in a while, especially if … Continue reading

Hidden Energy Hogs

The following items in your home are costing you more energy and money than you realize. No, we aren’t talking about traditional energy hogs, such as refrigerators, home lighting, hot water, heating and cooling. These areas of the home are getting more efficient, thanks to new energy-saving appliances and more awareness of going green. The hidden energy hogs that I am talking about seem innocuous, and almost every household has one or two of them. They are a new category of energy users, what the Energy Power Research Institute (EPRI) calls the “plug-in loads.” After reading this article, you may … Continue reading

Frugal Drain Cleaner

If you have slow drains but don’t want to spend a lot on commercial drain cleaners, you can try this trick. It doesn’t use harsh chemicals, so it is safe for septic tanks and can be used over and over again. You can use help dissolve built up scum and hair in any of your drains (ugh), including the sink, the shower, and the bathtub. Regular maintenance will help keep your drains clean and flowing well. If your drains have gotten to the point where they are completely clogged and absolutely no water is moving through, then this remedy might … Continue reading