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Commercial to save water

Interestingly, i was hoping to write this in a story, however I got scooped. Its fine since what I wanted to say is for a good cause and I am glad someone said it.

I was in the movie theater the other day, and what I thought was a trailer for a scary movie started up, it turned out it was a commercial for something simple- saving water when brushing your teeth.

People (me included) often leave the tap running when brushing their teeth, many thoughts seems to justify this behvior (i wont be brushing that long, the sink can get clean in the meantime, the water will be the right temperature when I am finished, etc. etc..). There is NO reason not to TURN OFF the tap when brushing. The amount of water this simple excercise would save is unsurmountable. Since all of this wasted water is drinking water, it would probably be enough to quench several thirsty people on a hot day of drought. Think about it, the same goes for wasting water in the shower, and flushing toilets too much. Read more about low flow shower heads, and low flush toilets. In Europe, its possible to buy toilets with a half and full flush system which saves water.

Written by Smriti on January 1st, 2008 with no comments.
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Comfort Plus Premium Insulating Film

Comfort Plus window film

With winter knocking on our doors i thought it was time to see if i could do some extra insulation.

My office where i type my little stories it gets pretty cold and because i don’t want to put the heating higher just for one room i decided to give a window film a try.

A window film is basically a piece of plastic that you secure with double sided tape to keep it in place. The Kit i got comes with two pieces of film (64″ x 42″) so enough for two windows. First you apply the tape and on that you stick the plastic with a couple of cm overhang. Then when that is secure you get the hairdryer out and start attacking the creases if you do this slowly and from side to side you really see them disappear and after a couple of minutes you get a fairly smooth surface and you can hardly see that there is a film in front of the window. And because there is air between your window and the foil your room should get warmer and that means you will save energy to heat it.

My first impression is that it feels warmer and it looks great. I didn’t get all the surface as smooth as glass but it takes a trained eye to notice that the film is there.

I would say give this product a try if you want an simple and easy way insulate your window.

Written by George on December 5th, 2007 with no comments.
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Block Heaters and Warming your engine

OK Winter is definitely here. Calgary is cold but doesn’t the snow look nice :)

With temperatures going to -20c or lower you probably want to start using you block heater. I try to find out as much as i could and my conclusion was that to use the block heater when temperatures go to -20 or lower. And you don’t have to use the block heater all night 2 to 4 hours before you leave is more then enough to keep you engine going.

And one other thing with modern injection engines it doesn’t make a difference to start the engine way before you leave. 30 seconds is more then enough. The engine will get the rest of it warming from driving. And this will definitely save you some gas ;)

Written by George on December 3rd, 2007 with no comments.
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Watering the Garden

Rainbarrel to collect the rain for you garden

You know that you can save a lot of water if you would install a rain barrel? Now you can use your rain water for your garden. Your plants like it better to because this doesn’t have all the chemicals in it that the water from the tap has.

Just connect a Rain barrel to the downspout and it will fill itself with each drop of rain.

Make sure do that you cover the top so and the sprout so that insect will not start using you barrel for there reproduction. You can just get a a fabric like we use to keep the insect out of the house and just put it over the top.

And before the real winter starts make sure to empty out your Rain Barrel because you don’t want it to brake because of the frost.

Go look for a nice barrel and give it a try this summer :)

Written by George on May 16th, 2007 with no comments.
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Mowing the lawn

gasoline lawn mower

Did you know that your Gasoline gulping lawnmower is Mega BAD for the environment?

1 hour of using your lawnmower creates as much air pollution as driving you car for 1300 km.

Maybe think about one of those old fashion hand mowers. It is a lot better for you (extra exercise) and much much better for the environment.

Written by George on April 9th, 2007 with no comments.
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Car Wash

Car wash and the enviroment

We all know that it is better to drive to a car wash then washing your car by hand at home. It uses less water and it even recycles the water :)

 

But why do we keep our engines running when we are waiting in line at the car wash? If there is 4 cars in front of you do you really think you need to be able to start driving right away?

Just stop the engine and start it again when the line moves it will save you some fuel and you don’t dump all those fumes in the air.

Written by George on March 25th, 2007 with no comments.
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Honda F1 team looking out to the environment

Hondaracing f1 going for the enviroment

Today Honda unveiled there new Formula 1 car for the 2007 season.

The most noticeable thing was that there is no advertisement on it. It just looks like the earth.  Through the website www.myearthdream.com it will be possible to buy pixels on this car to help the environment. So if you want to help this world maybe have a look.

And if even big companies like Honda start to see that the environment is important then maybe you should do the same ;)

Written by George on February 26th, 2007 with no comments.
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Keep the heat

Why do we all keep our curtains open at night?

 Don’t we have those things to close them? And do you know that if you close them at night you will save a lot of heat?

 Think about it and maybe this is a way for you to save some of our natural resources.

Written by George on February 24th, 2007 with no comments.
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Stop you engines.

You see them every where people waiting in there cars waiting for others to come.

Nice i do this to when i pick up my wife. But WHY does the engine have to be on??????

Your car will not cool down that much in the 5 / 10 minutes you are standing there. And by turning you engine of you save a lot of that expensive fuel you are complaining about ;) and you also keep the air around you a little bit cleaner.

Written by George on February 16th, 2007 with no comments.
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Water saving Shower Head

You know that you can buy a water saving shower head for less than 5 dollars?

 And do you realize that you don’t only save drinking water?

You only save warm water to so that means you use less water AND you save electric / Gas to :)

Written by George on February 13th, 2007 with no comments.
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