Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Tap is Back!

According to the Los Angeles Times article “Bottled Water sales see a drought” tap water is making a comeback. With the sale of bottled water experiencing its first real drop in six years it is clear that consumers are making the choice to drink more tap water.

One reason is that bottled water is far more expensive to drink than tap water, which is practically free. As more people take a closer look at where their money is being spent bottled water is a luxury that many can’t afford, at least not when there is such a great alternative.

Many consumers are simply refilling their empty water bottles from the tap instead of continually purchasing new ones, which should prove to be a real benefit for the environment.

Tap water is making a comeback as a source for drinking water in the home. If you love the taste of bottled water and don’t trust what is coming from the tap you can always purchase a water filtration system.  Water filters reduce the contaminants found in water as well as getting rid of the chlorine taste and odor found in many municipal water sources.

Cash for Clunker Refrigerators

You may not realize it, but your refrigerator could be a clunker. Federal efficiency standards for appliances have become more stringent over the years and many older refrigerator models now qualify for special rebate programs in several states.

The goal of these programs is to replace older refrigerators with newer and more energy efficient models that use around 50% to 75% less energy. Among the states with rebate programs for homeowners replacing their old refrigerators are, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. There are also other appliance exchange programs set up by utility companies to help homeowners save on energy costs.

Still not convinced it is worth it to replace that old clunky refrigerator in your home or garage? Newer refrigerator models come with a lot of perks in addition to being more energy efficient. Some high end models now come with a built in LCD TV screen, but the feature you should really look for is a refrigerator that comes with a water and ice dispenser.

A water and ice dispenser on your refrigerator is a standard feature on most popular models. The convenience of having easy access to cold drinking water and ice cubes is an obvious benefit, but that is not all you get from a water and ice dispenser.

Most refrigerators with a water and ice dispenser also have a built in water filtration system. This means that your cold and refreshing drinking water is also filtered for any contaminants, particulates, chlorine taste and odor. Fridge filters should be changed about every 6 months and replacement cartridges are available to order online.

For help with replacement cartridges please visit our online guide where you can search for the right filter by part number, refrigerator model, or brand name.

Drinking Water Helps Maintain Good Health

It is a well known fact that the human body is made up of about 60% to 70% water. During the course of the day we lose a lot of the water in our bodies through respiration and perspiration so it is necessary to drink liquids to replace the water in our bodies.

While you can drink a variety of fluids, water is actually better for you than other beverages for a variety of reasons.

1. Water is, in its simplest form, just water. In fact that is what makes it so good for you to drink when you are thirsty.

2. Sodas and other flavored drinks often contain diuretics (which can trick your body into thinking it has more water than it really does), sugars, calories and other things your body doesn't really need.

3. Drinking lots of water helps prevent dehydration. Even mild dehydration can cause a variety of symptoms including: joint pain, dizziness, muscle cramps and headaches.

While water is very good for you it is important to remember to make sure that the water that you are drinking is safe. The water that comes out of your tap is treated and water suppliers are required to provide annual water quality reports to prove the water is safe to drink.

If you have ever taken a drink of tap water and thought, "hey, this tastes funny" the odds are that some trace amount of chemicals or particulates can be found in your water. While in low quantities these chemicals are not dangerous to drink, but they can affect the taste of your water. One of the chemicals often found in tap water is chlorine, which suppliers use to treat the water. Chlorine and other particulates can be filtered out of your water through the use of a water filtration system in your home.

If you do not already have a filtration system in place, it might not be a bad idea to look into purchasing one. Water filters do an excellent job of purifying your water to ensure you have the cleanest, freshest, best tasting water to drink in your home.