Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Water is on a lot of people’s minds (and makes up most of our body!). Our lives depend on hydration, and we use water for washing, cleaning, cooking, cooling, waste disposal, and more every day.
You may have heard the standard tips for water conservation, such as taking shorter showers and turning off the water while you brush your teeth, but here are a few extra suggestions of home upgrades that will really make a difference for your water consumption and water bill.
1. Install a Faucet Aerator
A faucet aerator attaches to the end sink or bathroom tap and helps reduce water usage by spreading the water flow from one big stream into many little water droplets. Modern indoor water faucets are likely to have built-in aerators, but if you have an older model, attaching an aerator can instantly save water and money. They are economical too and you can find them easily online or at your local home depot for under $10.
2. Install a water efficient shower head
In 1992, the Government regulated shower heads to have a flow rate less than 2.5 gallons per minute. This created a generation of more efficient shower heads, saving as much as 12 gallons per 5 minute shower. If you multiply that by your daily morning shower, that is more than 4,000 gallons per year. If you still have the old faithful showerhead, it might be time to swap it out for one that uses less water. Don’t throw the old one away however because you won’t be able to find another showerhead with the same amount of gallons per minute if you can’t stand the newer models.
3. Use an air-cooled ice maker (instead of a water cooled icemaker)
Most water cooled icemakers use a once-through cooling system. The water used to cool the machine is used once and then disposed. This process uses a lot of water, and if you do not want to buy a closed-loop water-cooling system, which tend to be a lot more expensive, then you are best off looking for an air-cooled machine. These machines generally use more energy and produce more heat, but with much less impact than the waste and bills of the water-cooling models,
4. Look for the EPA WaterSense label.
The environmental protection agency has developed a program that identifies and backs products that use less water without losing performance. If you are thinking of buying anything from a toilet, to a showerhead, to an irrigation controller, finding one with the WaterSense label will be to your benefit. Find out more here.
5. Use an efficient washing machine that offers load and cycle adjustment
Washing machines use up a lot of water and energy. High-efficiency machines can cut both of these by as much as fifty percent. If you combine this with the option for adjustable settings so that you use the right amount of water for the right amount of clothing, then you will find an immediate reduction of your water use.
Another reason that your washing machine or other appliance may be using excessive amounts of water or energy is if it is not working correctly. If you diagnose the problem, and believe that your control board is causing the trouble, then CoreCentric Solutions has the economical answer. We provide remanufacturing services on electronic controls for all major brand appliances. Each of our remanufactured controls are fully analyzed and tested with quality equal to or better than any OEM part. Each control comes with a worry free 6 month performance guarantee.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
What makes remanufacturing special? How is a part remanufactured? What is the difference between a remanufactured part, a repaired part, a used part, a recycled part, and a broken part? How can I find a remanufactured part?
These are all important questions. Remanufacturing is a process that replaces the components which are most likely to fail or are obsolete. A remanufactured part meets the standards of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and is the same quality as a new part. Currently, remanufactured products range from car engines, to office furniture, to durable appliance parts, and more. An appliance part remanufacturing company such as CoreCentric Solutions meets the OEM guarantee by diagnosing the susceptible modes of failure, replacing all components that may be causing the failure, and then performing a 100% full functional test on the resulting remanufacturing control board.
The process differs from simple repair because in a repair, the technician will diagnose the problem for each individual board and fix or replace the singular cause of the problem. The repair process does not offer as much longevity or quality as the remanufacturing process because any one of the other susceptible failure components could be on the brink of causing yet another trip from your appliance technician.
Remanufacturing is often the better option than buying a new part because it is cheaper, meets the same OEM requirements as the new part, and may even have any corrections present in later revisions.
Remanufacturing is also special because of the decreased strain on the environment. Fixing a durable appliance is the first step towards environmental conservation because it keeps the whole appliance out of a landfill. Buying a remanufactured board is a further step because it keeps the boards, which contain chemicals that may be harmful to the earth, in circulation and out of the air.