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Bell Home Solutions Summer 2013 Newsletter

Ten Things You Can Do to Save Water

Conserving water in your home or business can be accomplished in a number of ways. While there are some more obvious methods used to save water, such as taking short showers or turning off the water while washing dishes in the sink, there are plenty of other ways to conserve water. Whether you own a home or a local business, you can easily save water and lower your utility bills simply by being aware.
Here are 10 ways to become more aware of your water usage and to conserve water:

1. Monitor Water Bills

Keep tabs on how much you typically spend on water bills. You can also contact your utility company and ask to see a yearly average for your home or office.

2. Repair Leaks

Even a small leak from a leaky faucet can waste a lot of water over time. Make sure you have a plumber repair any leaks in your home as soon as you notice them.

3. Install Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures

There are plenty of low flow plumbing fixtures on the market now. Replacing your old faucets with water–saving models could save up to 60% on water bills.

4. Toilet and Plumbing Appliance Upgrade

Toilets use up most of the water in a standard home. When you install a water–saving toilet, you could use 35% to 50% less water with each flush. There are also water–saving dishwashers and washing machines to reduce water usage.

5. Adjust Bathing Time

Taking shorter showers and turning off the water while shaving or brushing teeth will add up over time. Decreasing shower time even by a minute could save close to 150 gallons a month.

6. Use a Rain Barrel for Watering the Lawn

Rain barrels are easy to find or make on your own, and they are a great way to water your lawn or garden without running the garden hose for hours at a time. Watering early in the morning will also help to prevent immediate evaporation.

7. Use Online Water–Saving Calculators

By using an online water savings calculator, such as the one from Water Sense, you can get a general idea about how much water you could save by upgrading your plumbing equipment.

8. Only Do Laundry When There’s a Full Load

While you may want to wear that favorite shirt of yours tomorrow, it will save water to wait until there’s enough dirty laundry for a full load.

9. Compost Rather Than Using the Garbage Disposal

If you have the capability to compost at your home, try to throw food scraps onto the compost when you can. Even the little water used to run the garbage disposal will add up.

10. Cover Your Swimming Pool

If you own an outdoor swimming pool, try to keep it covered when you aren’t using it to prevent evaporation.

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Here are some things to start thinking about

Your kitchen is one of the central and most–used rooms in your entire home. It’s also a great place to focus your remodeling efforts because of how important it is. But before you just start tearing out your cabinets and countertops there are a few important things that you should think about.

Flooring

One of the best things that you can do for your kitchen is to update the flooring. If you have old flooring that is out of date consider upgrading to hardwood, some kind of wood substitute, laminate or tile. Improving the flooring in your kitchen will go a long way in making it look more appealing as well as in making it easier to clean.

Don’t Throw Away Antiques

The old is now new again. Retro, vintage and antique styles are very popular right now. If you have old thrift store finds or antiques from your grandparents you may want to think about how you can creatively incorporate them into your home. In fact, if your home is older you could consider restyling your existing countertops or cabinets to make them appealing.

Don’t Throw Away Antiques

A cheap, simple and yet underrated way to update the look and feel of your kitchen is to get new knobs for your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You would be surprised at how much of a difference just this easy upgrade can make. You can check out your local antique stores, thrift shorts of furniture stores for some ideas.

Splash of Color

If you’re thinking about going for some neutral tones in your kitchen you may want to consider taking a bold move towards some color. When used tastefully, some pop of color in your kitchen can transform the whole look and feel of the space. Whether it’s the backsplash, the drawers, the cabinets or any other place, you can definitely get creative with how you use color in your kitchen.

Overhead Storage

If you have a nice set of cookware why not show it off with some overhead storage. You could use open shelves or even some nice–looking hooks to hang your pots and pans. Even if they’re just decorate cookware, this type of look could go well in your kitchen and free up some space in your cabinets.

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen you can always consult with a local designer or furniture sales person. You can bring pictures of your current kitchen for them to look at so they can make informed suggestions. If you look through home decor magazines and see something you like make sure to bring that with you as well.

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