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1. Water bottle citrus juicer

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New York designer Scott Amron, who is also the founder of Amron Experimental, has given a new level to re-purposing by creating the juicer from thrown water bottles made of plastic. The innovative juicer, dubbed Re-juicer, extracts juice like an ordinary juicer that you commonly use in your kitchen and extract fresh and delicious fruit juice by twisting it over the juicer. But, its making is quite different from the ordinary juicers. The designer made use of the lower halves of clean Poland Springs plastic water bottles and created this eco-friendly product. Since the plastic design makes it flexible, the pouring is made easier and simple without any spillage. It is though not a commercially-produced juicer, but a very intelligent way of reusing the commonly thrown away plastic water bottles.

2.Lawn Sprinkler Made from Plastic Water Bottle

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Here is one interesting project for the DIYers, which does not require any technical expertise. With a used plastic water bottle and a few old pens, you can make a nice sprinkler for your garden. You can start the project by making a hole in the cap of a 20oz plastic bottle, and this hole should be slightly smaller than your male hose attachment. Now, you have to make three rows on the bottle vertically, with each row including five holes. After you are done with it, take 15 pens and cut them to a size of 2 inches after removing the refill. Insert these pens into the bottle holes and stick them to it using some adhesive. You also need to apply some glue to the bottle cap, so that the hose attachment stays in place. Run the tap water now and your sprinkler is all ready to use.

3.Plastic Water Bottle Vase

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Why throw a used plastic water bottle into the recycle bin when you can create something unique and functional out of it. You can reuse a 20oz soda bottle to create a beautiful vase for your flowers. After cutting the bottle little below its neck, make straight cuts all around the bottle above the bottom. Then, you have to fold the strips carefully towards the outside. Turn the bottle upside down to have a uniform folding. Now, you will need to weave the strips into one another to give your vase a unique and attractive look. Check out the whole process on detail at WikiHow.

4. Pet Bottle purse

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How about making a coin purse using a plastic soda bottle? With two bottoms of plastic soda bottles and a zipper, you can create this beautiful PET Bottle Purse. The process is quite simple. First, you need to cut the bottoms of two bottles with a scissor in same size. To attach the zipper to the two bottle bottoms, you can use a thick needle to make holes for the sewing purpose. The stitching keeps the zipper intact. You can go for bottles of different colors to make yourself a collection of bottle purses.

5. Make Beads from Recycled water Bottle

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To create jewelry from the unwanted plastic water bottles, all you need is waste plastic bottles, paint or permanent markers, heat gun and craft cord or wire. You need to cut off the top and bottom of the plastic bottle, and then cut the strips across of any width to your liking. You can use either transparent or colored plastic water bottles to make strip. After that color the strips with paint or permanent marker on both sides. Once dry, you need to wrap the strips around the pliers to make a steady grip and by using a heat gun melt the strip in shape of a bead. After letting the beads cool you can string them into a metal wire or a craft cord and accessorize your self with a cool and funky bracelet or necklace.

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In an effort to lower water bill, I’ve been researching different tactics. Hope it lowers your bill by 15% over the next few months. If you rent, forward this post or print it out for your landlord. Let them know that you’ll do what you can do help and they might just lower your rent, or at least not raise it!

  1. Only use the dishwasher when it’s completely full.
  2. Wash dishes in a large bowl or basin in the sink. That way, you don’t have to fill up the whole sink with water.
  3. Put a brick or water bottle with sand at the bottom in your toilet tank. (Put it in the tank opposite the flushing mechanism so that it will displace the water, therefore using less)
  4. Turn off the water after you brush your teeth.
  5. Turn off the shower when you are putting conditioner/detangling your hair.
  6. Use a low-flow showerhead.
  7. Use self-watering pots in the garden. (They don’t need to be watered as often)
  8. Fix a leaky toilet ASAP!
  9. Reuse your plate, cups and silverware at home. (Don’t grab a new cup every time you’re thirsty!)
  10. Re-wear some of your clothes for less laundry. (Jeans don’t have to be washed every time you wear them)
  11. Hand wash delicates.
  12. Insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam insulation.
  13. Wash clothes in cold water.
  14. Take a short bath instead of a long shower.
  15. Use a rain barrel to water your garden.
  16. Use energy-star rated dishwasher
  17. Use an energy star rated front-loading washing machine (They statistically use less water)
  18. Install aerators on all faucets (This is really cheap!)
  19. Use washers on spigots and hoses when watering.
  20. Wash your car with a bucket of water, not a constantly flowing hose of water.
  21. Spread organic mulch in your garden, and you’ll have to water less.

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If your A/C stops working on one of the hottest days of the summer, it could turn out to be a very uncomfortable day. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make a breakdown less likely to occur. Here’s how to avoid finding yourself in this sticky situation this year.

Step #1 – Have an annual tune-up

If you are a fan of peace of mind, the easiest thing you can do in order to make sure your A/C is ready for the summer season is to have a qualified HVAC professional come out and take a look at it. They’ll do a number of checks on your equipment, ensuring that your unit is working efficiently and effectively throughout the year.

If you would rather get the unit up and running on your own, the next steps cover the things you need to do.

Step #2 – Remove the winter cover

This might seem obvious to you, but it’s an easy one to forget when you switch on the A/C on that first hot day of the season.

Step #3 – Turn the power on

There is a disconnect box that should be on your house near the air conditioner. You need to make sure that the switch is in the on position in order to allow the unit to turn on when needed. This could make you think that your air conditioner is broken when in fact you just need to turn the power on. Oops!

Step #4 – Remove any blockages

Most people don’t find air conditioners are the best lawn ornaments so some plant bushes around the A/C so that it becomes less visible. However, you need to have sufficient room between any bushes, trees or other items and the A/C. This will ensure the unit has room to breathe throughout the season.

Step #5 – Clean the unit

Grab your trusty garden hose and give your A/C a good wash. You’ll want to make sure that you get rid of any debris that may have found its way in there during the winter and spring seasons.

Step #6 – Check the hoses and pipes

This is really one step where a qualified HVAC technician would benefit you greatly. However, if you choose to do it on your own, when you take a look at the hoses and pipes you want to make sure there hasn’t been any damage to them because of weather and/or time. If you see something that looks suspicious, make sure you call in a technician before any further damage occurs.

Bonus Step #7 – Change your filter

If you leave your filter unchanged long enough, you might find your A/C struggling to cool your house. It might even stop working altogether. Just like you change the oil in your car, you should change your filter on a regular basis.

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Here are the latest “Summer Energy Tips” from morEnergy  to save energy. This top ten energy-saving checklist will not only save electricity, but save you money on your power bills over the hot summer months.  Since home energy costs can skyrocket during these months, keep the following tips in mind to keep your expenses under control.
Summer Energy Saving Checklist: 
1. Wash clothes in cold water to save $63 a year.
2. Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.

 3. Use your window shades. Close blinds on the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.

4. Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes the simplest things are really effective!)

5. Change to new and improved light bulbs. Reduce energy use from about a third to as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.

6. Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.

7. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.

8. Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnance or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.

9. Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank in a specially-designed “blanket” to retain the heat.

10. Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.

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Having trouble with your  water heater tank? Try this brief guide, which may shed some light on the difficulties you are having.

Problem #1: Not enough hot water

This problem could be the result of decreased supply or output, caused by leaking or sediment. If you’ve checked for leaks and flushed the sediment out (see #4), then the problem may be with the dip tube. This tube is meant to deliver cold water to the bottom of the tank for heating, but when it breaks, it spills water into the top of the tank. Since the water supply draws from the top of the water heater tank, it may seem like you’re not getting enough hot water as a result.

Problem #2: Water is too hot

First, check the temperature setting on your heater to make sure it is set at the right temperature. If it is normal, then the problem could be that the water heater is not turning off when it hits that set temperature. The temperature-pressure relief valve may be faulty, or there may be a bad sensor. If you hear sounds like water boiling from inside the heater, or your faucets are shooting out steam, call a professional right away. The water tank could burst under such intense temperature and pressure.

Problem #3: Hot water is discolored or smells bad

Water that is discolored or has a foul odor has usually been contaminated by either sediment, bacteria or both. To correct the problem, call a professional to flush all the water out of the tank and thoroughly clean the inside with a bleach solution or a commercial cleaner. They will check for any rust or lime deposits while they are in there and clean those up too.

Problem #4: Not enough hot water pressure

Low water pressure could be caused by a number of things. One likely culprit is sediment that has built up somewhere in the system. It could be in the faucet supply line, the dip tube in the water tank or even in the main supply line. This is one complaint that can be hard to pinpoint, and is therefore difficult for most homeowners to diagnose and repair.

If you tried the tips above and you are still having water tank troubles, or if your problem isn’t listed in this guide, call a water heater professional to repair the water heater tank or rent a brand new water heater tank from morEnergy

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Welcome to morEnergy! This is our very first post. morEnergy is a leading provider of home comfort solutions across Canada. We are planning to provide you with various energy-saving tips and advice to save on your energy bills and water bills and help you “Go Green”.

Happy blogging!

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