Aug 14, 2017

How Do Women Go Green - How Do Women Save Water?

Women Going Green and Water Saving

Are you the head of the household? (like most women are *wink wink*) You should know first hand that things don't go right if you do not clean, wash the dishes, pack lunches, get the kids off to school, iron clothes, cook, get yourself ready for your work day and on top of everything else eat healthy, go to yoga, and maintain a job- things would never get done in a timely manner. Now we are not against a man doing all the above but to some extent we should all be feminist. Recognize that women are an important if not the most important backbone of a home. Women usually take on most of the home duties and kid duties AND want equal pay, that's not so hard we think.

Image result for superwomanWe started our research simple- women are doing all of these things, (superwomen we want to call them) but are them implementing saving water, reducing electricity use, conserving water, and all of the above. More importantly are these women teaching the kids to do it as well. Also taking a step back, do women know how and why to go green and conserve?

Being an eco friendly business we want to provide you with the best information to be able to us and share that information. Always feel free to forward our information to friends and family or comment. We thought this subject deserve coverage and a mini series so this will be one of many to come. Here are some of the important info we found and waned to share.


The following items do require some installation know how so you may need to hire a handyman or a friend who has tools and enjoys putting things together

Tapmaster

"Tapmaster® offers a distinctive patented technology that uses the existing water pressure in your water lines to activate your faucet. The result is a reliable and convenient method of turning water on and off that is easy to install and ecologically friendly to operate. Tapmaster® uses unique knee and foot operated activators to suit every need and application.
Without need for electronics, sensors or batteries Tapmaster® products can provide an unequaled level of reliability and ease of installation when compared to sensor and touch based hands free faucet solutions. Tapmaster® faucet controllers have no moving parts contributing to our excellent reputation for quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness." 
Something to make your life simpler is here. With a Tapmaster that can be hand or foot activated while being a woman of many talents you have another hand- We all need a hand sometimes and these provide that for you!
Aerators 
The normal 1.0 GPM Water Saving Dual Thread PCA Faucet Aerator was developed to save water and money in your home. These type of low flow faucet aerator can save up to 55% of the energy wasted using a traditional 2.2 GPM aerator. The item can be used as a replacement for both bathroom faucet aerators and kitchen faucet aerators, making it a staple low flow fixture for your faucets at home. Making a small change as such can significantly increase your saving of water and money.
Image result for faucet aeratorsWith its chrome finish and pressure composition make up, this aerator is durable and stylish to accompany any bathroom or kitchen renovation. Most people will not even notice this is a separate piece that not every faucet has but you will know and recognize the savings when they start pouring in.This aerator can usually be bought as a single fixture or as a six pack. See them here
Things like this and many more small changes can make a big impact in your home. Keeping this in mind we want to spread the knowledge about being eco-friendly in the home. We strive to help. If you need anything or have any questions feel free to reach out to us. 

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Aug 7, 2017

Is Your Family Eco-Healthy?

How Healthy is Your Family in being Eco Friendly?

From cooking to cleaning up after the kids - being a family man or woman of the house can be challenging. Maintaining the household comes with numerous responsibilities and duties that are sometimes unforeseen. With us all thriving and surviving to be better, we may drop the ball when it comes to ways of conserving. Conserving energy, water, recycling and re-purposing is sometimes a hobby and not a priority. When we realized that women have the biggest impact in this situation in the household we wanted to do a series of Green Blog- How Do Women Go Green? It's a question we can all ask ourselves. With little work but much practice, women going green and staying green for the family is important! Trust us, it will fall in line as the generations continue down the line that the family and each individual is eco-friendly to not caring at all.

Image result for family talkingMost of our parents instilled good behavior, manners, and money conscious ideas into us that we still use in our daily lives, but how many our our parents taught us about recycling? Granted, we are not saying that a bad parent doesn't teach their children about recycling, we're saying its uncommon because trash is trash is trash. With the Earth getting older and older making resources to be less and less available, we have to learn how to maximize what we use. With the family all around how can you sneak and teach good habits - we've complied a couple of everyday tricks that can help you do just that.

1. Be straight forward and have the conversation. Women know how to "smoouge" good ideas on anyone and make them think its a great idea, what do you call that? Intuition maybe, either way bring forth ideas like putting a recycling bin next to the trash can so when throwing trash away your faily will think - is it really trash or can I recycle this? Kids love DIY projects so have the kids decorate the recycling bin and teach them head on what it means to conserve and recycle.

Image result for family cooking2. You can also cut down on your consumption while you're cooking - making things from scratch or buying groceries with less packaging or grocery bags is a good way to start. Recyclable bags that you carry to the grocery store is now a thing. Teach or direct the kids to fix their own snacks instead of buying individually wrapped items. That way they can mix and match what they want versus what they do not want. We all have the picky child in the family that doesn't like this or that. This way they can be as picky as they want and be satisfied with their decisions. It can turn into a daily routine for the next day (and less work for the parent!)

3. Watering the grass at the right time and leaving the air conditioner on a setting without changing throughout the day. We all know some peak hours of the day- i.e noon until 4pm when everyone is watering their grass, well that's not so conserv-ish. The best time to water your lawn and get the most out of it is late afternoon into the night. It would be best to set the sprinklers on a timer to cut on and off so it doesn't slip your mind and stay on too long. While you are sitting watching the sprinklers be sure to set the air condition on a temperature that is normally comfortable. We suggest a good 70-74 degrees for more people is a good comfortable temperature. Set it and leave it. Your air conditioner will do the rest and make you happy when you see your bill decreasing.

Image result for family composting4. Compost pile. Let me repeat- compost pile. I know I know- it'll stink and cause huge problems with stray animals-right? WRONG! A properly sealed compost pile even when opened to deposit waste actually does not carry the stinky smell as you would think. It helps the environment, cuts down on waste and can be used to plant healthy vegetables. Most people hate the idea but once a couple of months go by and you realize how much ease it is to have it you'll turn into a lover of them. The rich soil can then be used to grow vegetables and cut down on that cost from the grocery store.

This is just a list of normal and small everyday things you can do but there's numerous ideas out there that can get your family on the right track of saving. Check out some of the stories below for more ideas 

http://www.rookiemag.com/2015/05/how-to-convince-your-family-to-be-environmentally-conscious/2/

http://ecosalon.com/is-your-family-conscious-of-the-environment-simple-steps-to-help/


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Jul 15, 2017

Repurpose Reuse Recycle - but in a cute way.....

Re-purpose Re-use Re-do Re-cycle All the do overs and use again ideas.....


The plastic water bottle use has been debated for years. It has became combated with the use of reusable water bottles; from ones that auto seal to bright and attractive colors; there's a water bottle for every taste. And honestly I cannot say I do not own 3 million :) Sadly, 100 million plastic bottles are still used and discarded every day and they are 80% non biodegradable. This accumulation of plastic trash is taking a toll on the environment. These bottles can't be burned because the produce toxic fumes. It's hard to find a way to reuse these bottles.

This idea started when I noticed how many cases of water I was buying and 75% of my recycling bin was full of water bottles. My initial thought was to crush them and save space, but that wouldn't completely solve the problem. There are cheap and innovative ways to reuse bottles I never thought about until I started looking. Luckily others realized this before I did and I found great ideas, here's a compilation of the great ideas I found. Hope you enjoy!

1. DIY No Sew Zipper Case / Candy or Supply Holder

maxresdefaultOrganize your children's pencils and pens in a hand and easy to clean zipper pouch. Simply cut the bottle 3/4 from the bottom of the bottle, add a zipper to the two pieces, and zip away. You can customize the size and length according to what your's storing. The would make cute parting gifts or a children's party. You could also organize your children's room with them and de-cluter. Follow the instructions here.


2. Soda Bottle Sprinkler

sprinklerWith summer in full spring for most southern states - water and kids are a necessity. To keep cool and keep them occupied for the summer - save some money with a water bottle sprinkler. Poke a couple of holes in a 2 liter bottle and attach it to the water hose and you just created a sprinkling water park in your backyard. Great for cookout and easy to use. Not only for fun, watering the garden all at the same time and keep your plants happy and hydrated too. Check out how they did it. 



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3. DIY Bird Feeder

Helping nature with something they didn't even know they needed! I love this idea near a garden for your plants. The feeder will allow a pretty view and cost you no money if you have the items around the house already. Of course you can decorate and accessorize how you like. Cut some slits, stick a couple of old spoons in a water bottle, fill with bird food and there you go. Make sure every bird gets a spoon full. the picture to the right should be able to answer most questions and show you how to do it in less than a hour here!

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4. A Mosaic Panting Anyone?

Look closely, there's not one drip of paint here. A great DIY project to start at the beginning of the school year with students and end the year with a completed "painting" of perfectly colored bottle caps. Make this beautiful eco friendly painting with no paint by collecting from friends and family. Plus you do not have to be an artist to do it. An easy and fun craft idea for any age.


5. Piggy Bottle Bank
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Of course painting it pink would only be the icing on the cake but a great idea for the crafty bug in you for yourself or the kids. All you need is a bottle, scissors, and an imagination for decoration. A simple snip and tuck of the bottle and you should have a great time creating pigs. You can even make dogs or cows! Feel free to make it how you like. Here's in depth instructions here!


httpwww.socreativethings.comwp-contentuploads201305Reusing-plastic-bottles                                                      6. DIY Kitchen Storage
These old or used plastic bottles can make a great storage containers for dry groceries such as rice/noodles/or cereal. You can also take back some space in stead of laying these products down or in a free moving bag. See the instructions here  You will only need the bottles and a pair of scissors. You can even turn this into a kid friendly product by killing two birds with one stone.


See more here at this wonderful site that give more ideas http://www.thebetterindia.com/58509/reuse-plastic-bottles-reduce-pollution-waste/


We hope you enjoy some money saving tactic you can do in your home for yourself and others. We always encourage others to do more conserving and re-using of products you trash or use in your home in a creative way. If you have any suggestions or ideas, feel free to send them over; we'd love to feature you in one of our blogs. If you liked our suggestions please comment, we love to hear from our customers.

As always, we strive to help you in the home and garden. Check out some of our eco friendly home and garden products here.

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Jul 7, 2017

What and How to Harvest Rainwater- Should you?

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Sustainability is something we should think about not after the fall but before. Engineers ad Architects have been thinking about this since 2008 and even more and more before. Rain water and harvesting water should be an important ingenuity that we are paying more attention to as the water source becomes less and less available to our people. For example, the situation in Flint, Michigan where regular citizens of America still do not have clean water to drink. Why should we continue to depend on the government to allow us clean water. We all deserve clean drinkable water. So why not do it ourselves. Have you thought about pooling and creating your own water quarry? Well here's some information on this topic


The Concept: Planning and Maintaining - the secret is respect if an entire village can survive off of 6 cm of rainwater, we have to learn how to respect what is given to us in order to keep it coming long for the future of mankind.

So if you are not familiar with rain water harvesting, let's start with a simple definition. Harvesting Rainwater mean to capture rain water where it falls and capture the runoff from, catchment and streams etc. Generally water harvesting is direct rainwater collection; water to be stored for later use and recharge into the ground water again.

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This type of Water Harvesting can provide drinking water, irrigation water, increase groundwater recharge, reduce storm water discharges, urban floods and overloading of sewage treatment plants. Such as the picture below, the water you store can be used as a irrigation system for your lawn, garden, or specific plants. There's truly no bad way to go when having your own supply of water. Minus a monthly bill...
                                       
Rain water is a primary source of water with rivers, streams, and lakes a secondary source. You can figure out your rain harvesting potential with this simple equation: rainfall (mm) x collection efficiency. Take this example into account:

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1. Area of plot to collect water from = 100sq m (120 sq yards)
2. Height of rainfall = 0.6m (600mm or 24 inches)
3. Volume of rainfall over the plot (area of plot x height of rainfall)
4. Assuming that only 60% pf total rainfall is effectively harvested.
5. Volume of water harvested = 36,000 liters (60,000 liters x 0.6)


With this example this amount of water is twice the annual water drinking requirement of a 5 member family. (10 liters per person)

Rain Water harvesting does seem pretty straight to the point and easy but be aware you need to do your diligence in research. For example, regular maintenance is a must, your water holding tank has to be mosquito free, and the tank has to be zinc-alum free because that is dangerous to drink.

In order to install a water harvesting system properly- you need to probably consult a plumber and/or electrician for the proper build and pumping system. Like more things innovative and clean, the long term benefits are great but the initial cost is the headache.


A good resource to get more information from...."National Water Harvesters' Network (NWHN) is a far-reaching network that addresses water issues through people from diverse background in India and abroad. The members of NWHN are primarily professionals, bureaucrats, grassroots functionaries, interested citizens and all those committed in developing or undertaking water harvesting program. The network addresses and highlights the local issues and the traditional systems relating to water harvesting to further the cause of community based water management."












Jun 29, 2017

Things You May Have Not Known...

Water Saving Products @ Conserv A Store


From toilets that space you gallons per flush to aerators that change the flow of your water - a bathroom renovation could be in your near future. It can have you saving water and saving you money more importantly. Saving with us comes two-fold. We're giving you 5% off just for coming over to us and purchasing water saving products! We strongly believe in saving water helping the world so we encourage you to take advantage of the while supplies last! 


Water is something we need to save. Thought it may seem like its endless, in all actuality it is scarce. With summer months here for most geographical locations and others who experience summer all year long - water is still a vital source of all life. 
Water saving products range from tiny aerators to huge toilets. We all use water in our everyday life so why not choose to be more conscious about it? Isn't it worth it? Here are some simple and quick ways to invest in your water saving and money saving home or business:


More Information concerning these water saving products 

Water Reducing Aerators 

Are you familiar with aerators? You use them everyday and probably never think twice about it. An

aerator is the water controller that is attached to any faucet in your home. See image ==> This is something you use quite often right? Well doesn't it make sense to make it better. When have you heard of someone saying I do want to improve or get better? NEVER! Well an aerator can do a couple of things for you

  • change the flow of your water
  • save you water 
  • add more pressure to your water flow
  • save you money 
  • add style/ class to any faucet 
  • less running water noise 
  • reduce splashing 
  • remove dirt and debris from your water 


Water Saving Toilets 

We all use one, and most use it more than 3 times a day. Again - we are looking to improve things you already use! Our next suggestion is toilets. These changes aren't drastic things we're asking you to do. There's helping you with things you already use. None the less, a toilet can use gallons on top of gallons of water in one flush. Having a toilet that saves water or where you can choose the amount of water to use is the now the wave of new technology. The technology of a toilet has immensely improved in the last ten years. The possibilities are practically endless - toilets that have slow closing seats, toilets that use 0.6 gallons of water per flush, toilets that clean themselves of debris, and even toilets that sit higher for comfort! This is probably one of the biggest helps for people to sit higher and more comfortable especially for ease on the knees.
  • Improve the appearance of your bathroom 
  • Add Style, Color, Elegance to the bathroom so it's not a place you don't enjoy
  • Prevents water leaks that are not easily detected which save water and money
  • Older toilets so not use water efficiently 
  • Components on the toilet may be out of date and if they break they are not replaceable 
  • If you replace the floor, replace the toilet 
  • Ease of use for elderly 
  • Teach kids to save water and flushing properly 


Tapmasters 
When you know nothing about this products, it's easy to pass it over. Once you know how great these additions to your kitchen or bathroom can be, you will not want to give it up. A Tapmaster is a hands free faucet activator. You may think it's not that important until your cooking and have dirty hands. Would you want to get your faucet knob dirty with raw meat on your hands? NO! You need a third hand and that's exactly what Tapmasters are for. You can impress your company or impress yourself with the usability of these foot, door, or knee activated Tapmasters. Watch the video below and it'll all make sense



Hopefully we have provided you with enough information and we look forward to hearing from you about our products. If you have any question feel free to reach out to us via info@conservastore.co or go over to our website to look around www.conservastore.com

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