Water Conservation: Helpful Hints and Tips


Drip. Drip. Drip. Every drop counts. Many people consider a leaky faucet a mere annoyance but if every household in America and Canada had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA). That’s a lot, considering the AWWA predicts the average household uses approximately 146,000 gallons of water each year, but water is wasted in more ways than through a leaky faucet. 

We've compiled a list of helpful  hints and tips for conserving water:

For those who insist on rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, wash them in a basin of cold water rather than under a running faucet of hot water. Be vigilant about turning off the water when shaving or brushing your teeth. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

Water can also be wasted because of a lack of maintenance. Check all the faucets, hoses and appliances that use water in your house for leaks and drips. You would be surprised at how much water you can conserve by checking your plumbing fixtures.

Finally, examine your toilets — you may be flushing your money down the toilet and not even know it. They account for almost 30 percent of all indoor water use, and most of the time they are the biggest culprits of wasting water. For example, a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Just by listening you can tell if your toilet is running, but to check the water level, you’ll have to open the toilet tank.

If you are willing to spend the money on a new toilet it will actually save you money each month on water and wastewater bills. A low-flow toilet requires only 1.6 gallons of water per flush and an ultra-low-flow toilets use just 1.28 gallons per flush. Compare both to toilets made before 1994 that use 3.5 to 7 gallons for each flush. By replacing your toilet, you could save 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water a year!

Not sure if you have a leak? Follow this advice from service professionals:

First, check your toilet for silent leaks by putting several drops of dark food coloring into your toilet tank. If the dye appears in the bowl, you need to replace the valve seal ball or flapper at the bottom of the tank or adjust or replace the fill valve.

Experts recommend replacing flappers and fill valves every couple of years to prevent a running toilet. A new flapper will seal properly, and a new fill valve will prevent overfilling or filling too slowly.

Also, lift the tank lid to fix the problem if water continues to flow after flushing – don’t just jiggle the handle. Adjust the chain if the flush valve flapper is hung up and not sitting down properly. If that doesn’t work, adjust the float ball so it doesn’t go down as far.

Last, it is not advisable to use chlorine tablets or any other chemical cleaner in the toilet tank. Chemicals corrode the metals and destroy the rubber seals. They could also kill the active bacteria that keep the septic tank working properly. 

Home repair stores carry these parts. For those who aren’t do-it-yourselfers, contact a qualified plumber to diagnose and fix the problem.


  • Fix leaky toilets and fixtures as soon as they are detected
  • Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths
  • Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face
  • Stopper the sink when rinsing fruits and vegetables
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads
  • Use proper water level settings for laundry
  • Install on demand hot water dispenser
  • Install low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucet aerators
  • Consider a re-circulating hot water system 
  • When replacing washer, consider a front load unit (uses 30% less water and 50% less energy than a top load unit)
  • Flush toilets and use garbage disposals only when necessary
  • Check your water meter monthly for possible leaks
  • Use water remaining in drinking glasses to water plants
  • Perform maintenance on water heater annually


  • When washing cars, use a nozzle that turns off automatically
  • Use drought-tolerant plants in the garden
  • Know where your master water shut off valve is located and show everyone in the household 
  • Test the water shut off valve frequently to ensure it works
  • Position sprinklers so they are not spraying the house, sidewalks, street or driveway
  • Don’t water when it is windy
  • Maintain your sprinkler system as it suffers from normal wear and tear, which reduces the efficiency
  • Sweep rather than hose off sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways
  • Cover swimming pools when not in use to prevent evaporation
  • Mulch flower beds to keep soil cooler and reduce water loss
  • Turn off sprinkler systems during cool or rainy weather
  • Contact your water service district for a personalized irrigation schedule
  • Check pressure-regulating valve

Thanks to tax credits, making your home more energy efficient is no longer a hard on your pocketbook. Take advantage of this opportunity, and save money by improving your home’s plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems.

Consumers can apply the credit to the setting up of the following higher efficiency items:

  1. central air conditioners
  2. water heaters
  3. furnaces
  4. boilers
  5. air source heat pumps.

Visit for more information on the Economic Stimulus Plan. For a full list of eligible products, go


12 Tips to Help You Reduce Energy Consumption


There are so many ways that you can reduce energy consumption. These tips will not only help you save money on your utility bills, they will also help you conserve our natural resources. Some of the ideas are common sense; others may be things you haven't thought of before. With the winter months and rising energy prices heading toward us, it's time to get serious about conservation.

Reduce Energy Use

This is somewhat common sense. Turn off lights when you leave a room. Turn off televisions, radios, computers and other media devices when they aren't in use. You should also unplug your coffee maker and other appliances that aren't used constantly. Even having them plugged in draws a tiny bit of electricity. It may only be a few pennies on your bill each month, but it adds up over the year.


National Recycling CoalitionAnother way to reduce energy consumption is to recycle. Many cities are now adopting programs that let you toss all of your recyclables in the same bin and set it out by the curb. If this isn't the case in your area, you can still make recycling simple. Set

up several bins in your kitchen, garage, basement or other area around the house. One for newspaper, another for plastic, one for cans, and so on. Then toss your recyclables in the proper bin, and take them to the recycling facility on a regular basis.  Some of these things, such as aluminum cans, can actually be sold and put some money back in your pocket. Not only that, but this list shows how much energy can be saved by recycling common household items.

Light Bulbs

Some types of light bulbs use much more energy than others. Switch out your old, energy-sucking light bulbs for new ones that use less electricity. And don't forget to recycle the old light bulbs properly. Most cities have special recycling facilities for light bulbs, batteries, electronics and related items.

Keep Appliances Clean

Glisten Appliance CleanersKeeping appliances clean is another area where you can reduce energy consumption. By using appliance cleaners like Glisten Cleaners  you can save hundreds of dollars a year - these products clean your appliances to like-new efficiency. Cleaned appliances function with less energy consumption than those that are dirty or not well-kept. Glisten Dishwasher Magic intensively removes lime, rust, grease and other build up that affects the machines energy use and performance.  It will improve water jet circulation, lowers electrical consumption and lessens the risk of break down, extending the life of the machine.  Dishwasher Magic is also the only EPA-registered Disinfectant* for cleaning the dishwasher killing 99.9% of e-coli and salmonella.  Glisten Washer Magic removes abrasive build-up and energy sucking residue from hard to clean areas inside the washing machine drum.  That build-up and residue are also the cause of many odor issues inside the machine.  Glisten Disposer Care foams away grunge deep inside the garbage disposer cleaning sidewalls, blades under the splashguard and in the pipes; improving its performance and extending the life span of the unit.  Glisten Microwave Cleaner steams to soften messes and energy robbing grime.  Its patented foaming scrubber quickly and easily cleans the microwave oven.  

*Effective Disinfectant by the EPA – Dishwasher Magic is a limited disinfectant against gram-negative bacteria Eschericha coli (ATCC 11229) and Salmonella choleraesus (ATCC 10708)

Replace Appliances

Appliances affect energy usage. Keep them running with Glisten Appliance CleanerIf your appliances are beyond a simple cleaning, this is another area that can cause a huge difference in your utility bills. New energy efficient appliances can pay for themselves in just a couple of years of use, as they use much less electricity, gas, water and even cleaning products such as detergent. In addition, many utility companies offer rebates or buy-back programs that will pay you to upgrade to new models.

Replace Toilets

Your old toilet is likely using much more water than it needs to. You can upgrade the parts inside the toilet to reduce water use,but it is generally easier and more cost-efficient to upgrade to a new model. A new lower-flow toilet is generally less than $200.

And your water company may offer incentives to you for upgrading.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are another area where you can reduce energy consumption and save hundreds of dollars a year.  You can make your own cleaning supplies by finding recipes online. Vinegar, hot water, lemon juice,  baking soda, coffee grounds and other simple household items are great for cleaning. Plus, you save energy consumption by not purchasing cleaning supplies at the grocery store that are packaged in cans, bottles and plastic containers that need to be produced and recycled.


This is a huge factor in energy loss and increased utility bills. Weather-proof your house to cut down on your heating and cooling bills, and keep air inside your home. This includes treating the areas around windows and doors. You should also make sure

your crawlspace, attic and basement are properly insulated. Spray-foam insulation is one of the best methods for doing this. And don't forget to weather-proof around outlets, light switches and vents for maximum efficiency.

New Windows and Doors

This is another common way to decrease utility bills and energy consumption. Upgrade your existing windows and doors to newer models. New windows and doors will cut down on your heating and cooling costs. In addition, they will improve the look of your home and increase the resale value should you decide to sell. And again, some utility companies and homeowners insurance providers offer incentives and rebates when you replace your old windows and doors.


Did you know that a garden can reduce your energy consumption and save you money? Home-grown fruits and vegetables taste better, are healthier for you and the act of gardening has actually been shown to reduce stress. Plus, you save money by not having to drive somewhere to purchase these food items. A nd your garden will help improve the environment, as well.


If you drive a lot, combine trips to save on energy consumption and reduce your costs for fuel, maintenance on your vehicle and cut down on pollution. When you can, share rides with others. You can also walk, ride a bicycle, or rollerblade to where you need to go. Some people have downgraded to a motorcycle or motor scooter to save money and enjoy the nicer weather on pretty days.


Your roof is another aspect of your home that can cost you a lot of money on utility fees. If your roof is more than ten years old, it's probably time to think about an upgrade. Likewise, if your newer roof has not been insulated well, you are losing money by allowing treated air to escape from your home. Upgrade your old roof or have the new roof insulated better to cut down on energy use.


This is another area where many people consume a lot of energy and don't even realize it. Recycle your old cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, printers and other electronics. Many stores and facilities will accept these for free. Some newer electronics actually have value and can be sold to places online. You can also find local schools, colleges and universities that accept these items for recycling. A s well, some organizations accept old cell phones to give to women's shelters and military personnel serving overseas.


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Thanks White Birte!
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We live in Georgia and my son plays travel baseball. He plays a TON of baseball throughout the year in the lovely Georgia Red Clay. People have always steered clear of white pants because of the red clay stains and until we found Iron Out, we did too! We love it. We can not survive in our house without it. I keep several bottles in stock and take it with us when we travel on weekend tournaments. We gather the teams uniforms (white AND grey pants) & soak them in warm water & iron out at the end of the day. Voila!!! They are ready for another day of baseball and look brand new. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have this product. It is simply amazing!
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Hitting A Home Run When Cleaning White Baseball Uniforms


Baseball, what a wonderful sport.  You love the sights, sounds, and smells of the game until you are left with the challenge of cleaning white uniforms.  You cringe at the thought of getting stains out of white baseball uniforms.  You search for ways to best remove the red dirt stains and to return the uniform to a clean, fresh, white appearance.  You are tired of spending additional money to replace white baseball pants throughout the season.

White Brite is a product that is formulated to safely and effectively remove dinginess, yellowing and stains from white clothing, including the red dirt stains on white baseball uniforms. White Brite is a laundry whitener that cleans dingy whites and can either be used in a washing machine or in a separate plastic soaking container, along with your regular detergent.  White Brite whitens and brightens white clothing. 

The following is a list of the top five things that consumers are saying about using White Brite to clean white baseball uniforms. 

  • White Brite performs amazingly well at removing red dirt stains.

  • White Brite is economical, convenient, safe and easy to use.

  • White Brite returns dingy white baseball uniforms to a clean, fresh, white appearance.

  • White Brite eliminates the need to purchase additional white baseball pants during the season.

  • Players who wear uniforms washed with White Brite get noticed by other players, coaches and spectators.

Hit a homerun this season by using White Brite to successfully remove red dirt stains from your white baseball uniforms.

(image of clean white baseball uniform)

Getting Rid of Dingy


guy in white tee

It is so frustrating when a white t-shirt gets dingy. Dingy whites are one of my pet-peeves. I can deal with ketchup stains and messes, but when my whites are no longer white, I get irritated. I have been searching for the perfect way to remove stains from clothing, especially when it comes to the dingy looking stains that are left on white shirts after they have had a little bit of use. One of the things I have found hardest is being able to remove hard water stains from clothing.


I asked friends if they knew how to get my white shirts whiter.It didn't take long before one friend told me she had found the perfect way to remove stains from clothing.  She told me she no longer had trouble getting her dingy whites clean again. After asking how she did it, she revealed her secret.

She told me she uses White Brite. I decided that if it worked so well for her and her family, I should try it at our house. I let the shirts soak for about five minutes in water and White Brite, per the instructions, added my normal detergent, and started the wash.  When the shirts came out, not only were they clean, they weren't dingy!

It may seem silly to some that this was such a big deal to me. However, as a mom, it can be frustrating to see all of the whites my children wear slowly turn yellow. Being able to get rid of the dingy, yellow color has saved my sanity. I no longer need to worry about constantly getting new t-shirts. When I wash them with White Brite, the old shirts look new again.

I also found that this works on more than just t-shirts. In fact, it is safe for all white fabrics. I have started washing socks, work shirts, tablecloths, and more with White Brite. Everything comes out looking better than before. White Brite does more for my dingy white than anything I have tried in the past. When white clothes get dingy, I highly suggest White Brite. You'll be happy at how white your whites look when properly cleaned. In fact, now I am suggesting White Brite to all my friends. I feel no one should have to deal with the frustration I went through, trying to get my clothes looking better. 



Saving Prized Underwear from Rust Stains


surprise rust stains from washer

If you've ever walked into a women's intimates section in a store then you know how expensive bras can be. Most of the items in that section can cost anywhere from $40-$75. So imagine my astonishment when I left my favorite bra out to dry and somehow a rusty nail fell on it, ruining the entire garment or so I thought.

I tried numerous home remedies that claimed to help remove rust stains from clothing. There was the cure that said to wash the product in bleach, the solution that said using hard water would help, and the one that said just buy another product. I didn't want to give up hope that there was something out there that could help save my favorite undergarment.

It was during one of my late night chats with my mom that the solution was discovered. My mom brought up the fact that she had purchased a new product called White Brite from the store. She said it mentioned that it would work at removing stains from clothes and she thought of my problem with the rust stain on my expensive bra.

The next day she brought the product over for me to try it out. The directions were extremely easy to understand and the process involved to remove rust stains from clothing was even easier. All I had to do was soak the clothing in the machine for an hour then wash as I normally would.

When the wash was done I anxiously awaited to see what the results would be. I was surprised to see that I couldn't even see where the old rust stain was on the garment of clothing. Even if I squinted really hard I couldn't tell.

After seeing the results from White Brite I think I'll try it on other clothing. I have a pile of dingy whites that I have never been able to get clean. The product claims to be able to remove hard water stains and yellowing, which is just what that pile of clothing needs. One clothing problem down another to tackle in the future!  


Brightening White Pillow Cases




Running a bed and breakfast is a very rewarding career opportunity, but let me tell you when it comes to the behind the scenes work it can be really frustrating. One of my biggest challenges to date was trying to figure out how to get rid of hard water stains that appeared on the white pillow cases.

Our pillow cases are a unique shade of white, but unfortunately the water we wash them in tends to get the pillow cases stained after a while. The general manager of the bed and breakfast and I spent several hours looking up how to remove stains from clothing. We came across hundreds of Google results, but nothing seemed to really work. That was until we found White Brite.

We came across a forum discussion where a mother talked about using White Brite to remove hard water stains from clothing. She said this clothing stain remover really got the hard water stains out and she could barely notice where the stains were after just one use of the product.

Thinking that I had nothing to lose and hoping that I didn't have to order thousands of new pillow cases, I thought I'd try the product. The product was extremely easy to use. All I had to do was soak the pillow cases for several hours and then wash them as I normally would.

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The results were amazing. I couldn't find one hard water stain on any of the pillow cases. I was so thrilled with the results that I decided to wash all the bed and breakfast's dingy whites in them. White Brite will now be used as a regular part of the bed and breakfast's cleaning procedure to help keep everything white and bright.