Ask Mr. Careful

Watching out for your safety.

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Mr. Careful is the helpful spokesperson for Verde Technology Group providing tips on conservation, safety and money-saving ways to be smart about the use of natural resources. 
Ask Mr. Careful is a free service of Verde Technology Group, Inc. providing a forum for users to exchange information, ask questions and suggest solutions. There are also links to detailed information about specific topics of interest to consumers of natural resources as well as a link to VerdeShops,com, the online store operated by Verde Technology Group offering the very best in consumer products for conservation of utilities, including the fine American-made products of Niagara Conservation.
Mr. Careful
A Sampling Of Suggestions:

WATER - Disdain For The Drain. Water that enters the drain is gone. A surprising amount can be saved and reused with simple methods.

  • Fix Leaks. Fix Leaks. Fix Leaks.
  • Put restricters on all faucets.
  • Wash dishes in a tub and rinse them together.
  • Do not pre-wash dishes put in the dishwasher.
  • Reduce your toilets flush volume of water.
  • Do you wait a long time for hot water to reach the tub, shower or sink? Catch that water in a bucket and use it for other purposes like watering flowers.
  • Do you want an amazing bathing experience that saves enormous amounts of water? Use the Japanese method of rinsing with water from a small bucket. While the authentic Japanese bucket and stool used for this bathing method are made of special woods and can be pricey, you can enjoy this experience and save water using an inexpensive plastic bucket and stool. The Japanese also have a special faucet that automatically measures out exactly one bucket-full of water at the just the right temperature.  But it will be easy to learn to quickly fill the bucket from a conventional faucet.  If you just once bathe in this fashion you might become hooked on the wonderful sensation and the very large savings in water consumption.
GAS - Know Where The Gas Goes In Your Home.  Remember, saving hot water also saves gas if you water heater runs on gas. Other methods for saving gas include:
  • If you heat your home with gas find and block all drafts and areas of large heat transfer.
  • Fill your tea kettle with just the water you need to use. No reason to heat extra water that will just cool down.
  • Do not overboil the kettle. Use the water as soon as steam apears.
  • When you have poured the boiling water out put a little water back in and put the kettle on the stove. Particularly electric range tops retain a lot of heat and you won''t waste as much of it if you need to boil more water in a short time.
  • Calendar the checking and replacing of filters on heating equipment.
  • Heat a single room when in use insteard of the entire house.
ELECTRICITY - Get Into The Habit Of Unplugging And Turning Off Switches.  If your home is all-electric, remember that saving hot water and heating also saves electricity.
  • Turn off all unnecessary appliances including televisions and computers on standby.
  • Unplug everything electric unless it is being used.  This includes chargers, televisions, VCRs and DVRs that remain in standby mode.
  • Use the new energy-saving bulbs where they make sense (but remember to Ask Mr. Careful where they do not make sense).
  • Learn the true cost of every electrical operation. If you use an appliance, say a hair dryer, note its wattage, check your electric bill and calculate how much money you spend to dry your hair. Learning what it actually costs you to use your electrical appliances will motivate you to conserve and save money.
  • Use electricity during off-peak hours. This is doubly useful if you are being billed less for electricity during off-peak hours. Find out how you are being billed and use the incentives provided to promote conservation.

Mr. Careful was drawn for Verde Technology Group by Mike Jasorka