Home Water Filtration Systems Which Can Give Your Home Clean and Clear Water

download (31)Whatever culture you’re from, whatever lifestyle you lead, there is one thing which is constant and that is the need of pure water for your home. Water in an untreated or contaminated form is nothing short of a deadly disease carrier. Depending upon the kind of activities in the surrounding environment, the soil conditions and a lot of other uncontrollable factors, your water supply may be carrying a combination of chemicals, particles, organisms and even radiations which are not good for your health. The need for pure water was recognized way back and for several years now, there have been countless methods implemented for making water healthy and safe for consumption. Basic measure such as boiling to highly sophisticated machines, there is serious technology in place for water purification.

Let’s understand some of these techniques and see how each helps eradicate impurities from water.

Distillation: The most tried and tested method which has been going on for generations. Works by boiling the water and sending the vapors to a condenser which converts the vapor back into its original form with added purity. By doing this, the water loses a lot of its impurities right at the boiling stage. Where this method fails a little is the removal of certain stubborn chemicals. Some harmful chemical types don’t get eliminated by boiling alone.

Sediment Purification: If your water supply contains a lot of particles, then this method will work really well for you. It involves pushing of raw water through a sediment filter. The filter blocks particles and releases consumable water. While Sediment Purification is the best for killing particles but it is far from the best when it comes to eliminating chemicals and other minute impurities. When merged with another advanced purification designed to kill chemicals, it forms a comprehensive filtration system.

Carbon Adsorption: What sediment purification is unable to achieve, carbon adsorption takes care of. It involves the use of activated carbon which not only blocks large organics and particles but also traps the minute ones. The type of material used for these filters is decided based upon the unique purification needs of the water supply.

Ultra Violet Systems: Ultra violet rays are absolutely ruthless when it comes to eliminating germs and organics from water. A typical UV purification system either kills these unwanted contaminants or makes them completely harmless. The effectiveness of UV is undoubtedly excellent while eradicating organics, but it proves to be quite inadequate while removing particles from water.

Candle or Ceramic Purification: Another one of the traditional methods, candle purification holds back unwanted chemical content while releasing pure water. While it is highly cost-effective, ceramic purification is not your pick if you’re looking for utmost purity out of your system.

Four Reasons to Use Recycled Building Materials

download (30)Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to upgrade or renovate your home. Digital resources, like YouTube, can be a source of inspiration and information to help anyone get started. Here are 4 tips for your next project with an emphasis on how recycled building materials can keep costs down while ensuring your project is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly!

It’s Green

“Green” projects have started to trend with builders and DIY enthusiasts. Reclaimed and recycled materials are often available at community resale stores. They can help keep the carbon footprint of your project low while allowing you to reuse quality building materials.

You might be surprised at how inspiring it can be to spend time browsing a local resale store. A growing interest in the creative reuse of recycled goods has spawned a vast community of people that are excited to share ideas on each other’s projects. Even a basic web search will help you find great ideas that are both creative and environmentally friendly!

It’s Cost-Effective

Have you started to budget your next DIY project and noticed how quickly costs can add up? Luckily, using recycled building materials can help keep your budget in control. Spend some time researching online and browsing stores to find great options at a low cost.

If you are just getting started with your first project, make it a priority to keep the budget low. This will ensure that you have a positive first experience and are ready for your next project. Soon you will be learning new building skills, upgrading your living space, and saving money along the way!

It’s Trendy

In most forms of art, retro trends always seem to find a way back into the mainstream. Whether it’s old music being sampled by modern artists, or the fashion of the 1960s and 1970s finding its way back into current designs, the retro styles always seem to return.

This is especially true in the world of construction and DIY projects. Even just allowing portions of your home to remain exposed, like an old brick wall or wood beams, can create a retro look that aligns with your design style and looks visually pleasing for you and your guests.

It’s Sustainable

Last but not least, using recycled resources is more sustainable for you and for the world. Simply put, manufacturing new materials is cost-heavy, labor intensive, environmentally unfriendly, and often times just unnecessary because of the vast pool of resources already available to builders.

So instead of further depleting resources in your local community and around the world, spend time learning about how quickly and easily you can incorporate recycled building materials into your project to keep the industry sustainable for years to come.

 

10 Ways to Save Water at Home

download (29)Every concerned citizen wants to do their part as California gradually eases its way out of drought. Here are ten steps you can take today to save water in your home.

Fix leaks in your toilet and sinks

The innocuous drip in your sink may be costing you more than you think. A drip can result in up to 70 gallons of water lost per day which can be up to 20% of a household’s yearly water use.

A toilet leak can result in up 22,000 gallons of water per year. Identifying a leaky faucet or sink is a simple as seeing or hearing the drip. In the case of a toilet a leak can be identified by adding dye tablets to the tank, if dye is seen in the bowl within 15 minutes this is indicative of a leaking toilet.

Wash your car at a car wash

Do you feel like washing the car on your day off? In the event you do make sure you use a sponge, a bucket and a hose with a nozzle. If you decide the idea of a dirty car is unfathomable limit washing to once a month. However, if you are looking maximize the saving go to a car wash as car washers are mandated to use recycled water.

Use your toilet for human activities and not trash

In many correctional facilities low flow toilets will clog as added water flow is needed to push contraband through its pipes. For those of us not incarcerated putting our trash in the can, and not wasting the 1.6 gallons per toilet flush, the trash can will do fine. Especially for lighter forms of paper, namely, tissue and toilet paper.

Limit your showers to 5 minutes

You are not going to get much cleaner after the first few rinse cycles. A timer goes a long way in preventing losing track of time. Instead of using a few added minutes of shower time to wake the first thing in the morning why not try a cup of coffee?

While brushing your teeth turn off the water except when you are rinsing off your toothbrush

What good does flowing the potable water down the drain while you floss and brush your teeth? The water is really needed to rinse off after finishing. Turning off the faucet will only take a second or so.

Wash laundry only when there are enough clothes to support a full load

The washing machine will use the same amount of water regardless of whether it is full or empty. The problem is the additional washes when added up over time can lead to a large amount of unnecessary water use.

Consider installing a Laundry to Landscape system

Until grey water systems become commonplace in our homes, and eventually they will be we will need to show a little leadership on this one. Green Water Action can provide you with all the required resources to use the water from your laundry your vegetable trees.

If you enjoy landscaping, consider using native plants

There are native plants designed to grow in specific areas. Find out what is considered native for your neighborhood.

Try to limit the time the shower runs while warming up to a comfortable temperature.

Many water heaters take a moment to warm up to where steam is coming out of the shower. This water simply goes down the drain. At two gallons per minute a few minutes of waiting for the water to warm can lead to water wastage. Think of it this way, after the initial shock of the cold water it should all good.

Try to compost your vegetables

Instead of using a garbage disposal which typical involves running additional water use these vegetable as nature has designed it. Come on, you know you have always wanted to compost in your back yard. Now is your chance.

For those of you who think that your action alone might not make a difference I say, perhaps, but if we collectively implement some of these practices, then who knows, restrictions to curtail our usage might become unnecessary…

The Fairy Garden

download (28)Have you heard of those adorable Fairy gardens?

They’re becoming increasingly popular and more and more people love that new addition in their house or backyard.

What are Fairy Gardens?

A Fairy Garden is basically a miniature garden made of natural materials such as pebbles, wood and living plants. It’s meant to be an enchanted green scene where live tiny magical creatures such as Fairies, but also gnomes, dwarfs, elves etc. supposed to bring good luck to your home.

They usually include several components like fantastical figurines, but also miniature benches, houses, pathways, bridges and rivers that create this unique small universe and give it a charming soul.

What setting for a Fairy Garden?

Since the Fairy Gardens are created and imagined from scratch, there is an unlimited number of different types, design and themes out there!

If they are placed inside the house, they more likely will be small and grown in containers garden such as pot plants, jars or glass containers.

If they’re part of a backyard, there is no size limitation and other themes become possible like a woodland Fairy garden (installed at the food of a tree) or the use of an existing water feature (mini boat, bridge, dock).

Fairy Garden Design

Once the theme is chosen, the different landscaping elements are gathered and assembled together in order to create the scaled miniature garden in a most realistic way as possible.

Very often, pebbles and gravel are used in order to reflect a path or courtyard just like in real life.

A different and recent decorative use for the crushed rocks and recycled coloured glass especially, that are able to suit any crazy idea!

Gravel binder comes also very handy in the project, since it can be used with any stone and holds the pebbles in place. And because it let the water come through, the surrounding small living plants can be watered without any issue!

Benefits of a Fairy Garden

Aesthetically beautiful and low maintenance, they are a great option for putting a green addition in small spaces like a small living room or a balcony.

They’re perfect for children who can be educated about nature and gardening while being inventive and having a lot of fun.

They are also loved by older people who love gardening but find it physically too taxing.

For all, it encourages imagination and creativity and brings that magical touch in our everyday lives!