- Water between midnight and 6:00 a.m. to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind. Water your lawn and garden in 2 short cycles rather than one long one.
- Watering to a depth of 4 to 6” will encourage deeper healthier roots and allow the plants to go without water for longer periods of time.
- Target your water use in your garden by hand watering exactly in the spots that need it.
- Inspect and tune-up your sprinkler system monthly. Adjust your sprinkler heads to prevent water draining off your lawn and down the gutter. Reduce sprinkler run-time, and don’t be a gutter flooder.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean your driveway, deck or patio. Washing a sidewalk or driveway with a hose uses about 50 gallons of water every 5 minutes.
- Your water meter is an important conservation tool. It not only measures the amount of water you use, but can also tell you if there is a leak in your plumbing.
- Purchase a front-load washing machine that uses 40% less water. Check with your local water provider for rebates.
- Don’t let water run while shaving, brushing teeth or rinsing dishes.
- When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
- Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can potentially save hundreds of gallons each month.
- Check your toilet for leaks.
- Learn how to read your water meter.
- Prevent and report water waste.
- Run the dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads only.
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There are several things that you can do to establish credit even if you don’t currently have any credit cards or loans.
Step 1: Open an Account
Open an account preferably a checking account. By paying bills via check and not overdrawing your account, you begin to prove that you may be a good credit risk..be sure to keep your monthly statements.
Step 2: Get a Secured Credit Card
Secured debt is backed by some form of collateral (usually a savings account). The money deposited with the lender sits untouched unless you miss a payment. This account gives the bank the confidence to take a “risk” on someone who doesn’t have an established credit history.
Step 3: Document Your Payments
If you’re already paying rent, utility bills, childcare, student loans and so on…you may be able to prove your creditworthiness by providing proof of timely bill payments. Keep good records and ask for letters of recommendation from the individuals and businesses you make payments to.
Be patient…it takes time to establish credit.
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014
Property owners who obtain permits to remodel a property that was built prior to l994 are required to retrofit with toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, showerheads with flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, and other interior fixtures that use less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.
Another Energy-Saving Tip:
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs….Fluorescent
light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. Although they’re initially more expensive than their incandescent counterparts, they last 10 to 25 times longer and you’ll save about $6.00 per year on energy bills.