TLDL?: I did some things to help.
In this first episode of ‘Tu Es Einfach’ or TEE for short, we, catch up with some of the personal developments I’ve made with zero waste, what’s my progress and some refinements I’ve made. In future episodes I want to talk about current events as well. Today though, you just get me.
TLDL?: Buy this product and save a lot of money on your water bill.
In this episode I sit down and explain a fantastic product which could potentially save you a stupid ton of money off your water bill. It is a simple water attachment to your tap (or faucet) and reduces the water flow by 98%. That reads as extreme, but Altered Company, the company that makes it says so themselves.
Having used the Nozzle for the past few months I thought I’d share my successes with the product and then go into some of the major criticisms levelled at it by reading the Amazon reviews and temper your expectations before purchasing it because of its ‘extremeness’.
For example plenty of complaints are directed at the Nozzle’s ability to ‘leak’ or ‘takes longer to wash one’s hands. In share how it can take some adjustment (plus not everyone is a plumber) and basically patience is a virtue, even though it doesn’t take me longer to wash my hands or face. The subjectivity and consideration of your own habits need exploring and this is what this podcast tries to do.
The Nozzle will change habits and while there can come with it a period of discomfort, I argue there is worse discomfort down the road if we don’t do something about our consumption habits today.
A quick aside about our consumption of coffee (not beer) away from the home. I keep a mug in my local coffee shop and no longer drink out of plastic cups. The plastic lining isn’t easily recycled and you’re ingesting elements of heated plastic in the process. I also don’t get a coffee to go, I feel I should sit down and take the time to relax while drinking some of the black.
TLDL?: Drink your coffee in your favourite mug or flask when out and about, consider the effects of the the normalised practise of ‘coffee-to-go’ and its harmful impact on the environment.
Bring your own mug/flask, and get a discount to boot.
Consider drinking your coffee in a coffee shop (make sure to ask for it in a mug).
TLDL?: You’re paying for electricity even if you turn things off. I didn’t even know this. Want to save some of your hard earned money? Then unplug everything you don’t need. except the necessary power switches you can set up to alleviate the inconvenience of having to turn everything on/off repeatedly.
In the process you’ll be saving money on your utility bill with a bit of planning. It can range from 5% to above 10% depending on your house hold set up.
Unplug everything you’re not using (at the moment, I only have a fridge, wifi [only during the day] and a kitchen power strip attached to the mains).
Charge your devices during the day and not over night to save electricity.
Utilise power switches to make turning on and turning everything off easier.
(OPTIONAL) Purchase an Electricity Usage Monitor to get the wattage with your devices when on standby or “turned off”.
How Much Am I Projected to Save So Far?
At a minimum, with these ideas - $48 a year with my set up.