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  • Getting water wise!

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Todd

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    Newsflash! California is in a serious drought. They are so many ways that we can all ban together to conserve this precious resource, especially here in California. Some of these tips even require minimal effort.

    Here are 15 way in which you can make a difference to conserve water around your home.

    1 Avoid putting water down the drain when you can. It can be used another way like watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

    2 Check your home for any unnecessary leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

    3 Repair dripping faucets! If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water.

    4 Check for toilet tank leaks too! You can add food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. Make sure you flush as soon as your done, it can stain your tank.

    5 Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

    6 Take shorter showers and change out your shower head to a low flow version.

    7 Try to avoid letting water run while you are washing your face or shaving.

    8 Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

    9 Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

    10 When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with soapy water and quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

    11 Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

    12 Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.

    13 Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.

    14 Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.

    15 Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

    If we all contribute we can make a difference!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with orange county, moving, cardboard, california, drought, rent boxes

  • 30 Tips for an Easier Move

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    1. Order your PiggyBoxes about 2 weeks prior to your move. That way we can schedule a delivery that is most convenient for you so you can begin packing! Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.11.07 PM

    2. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. After a long weekend of packing, your going to want to feel right at home as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your essentials and clothes for the next day are easily accessible. Try putting those items in a large tote and put it in the bathroom so it’s easy to get to.

    3.  Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. You should include items like trash bags, toilet paper, chargers, etc. This way, those items will set themselves apart so your not searching through dozens of boxes for toilet paper. That could be bad!

    4. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Or use recycled packing paper. Its cheap and re-usable!

    5. Use clean socks for extra padding for stemware or glasses!

    6. Come up with a labeling system to you or your movers know what boxes are going into what room. A color coding system works great! When labeling, make sure to label all sides of the boxes so you can see where they go when the boxes are stacked.

    7. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. This way, you will not only make your move feel more manageable but more accomplished when one room is finished!

    8.  If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If not, consider hiring someone to clean it for you.

    9. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

    10. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

    11. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. When ordering Piggyboxes, make sure to ask for dish dividers for our boxes.

    12. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

    13. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

    14. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. Before removing any cords or screws be sure to take pictures of them so you know exactly how they go back!

    15. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

    16. The fastest way to pack a closet: Get wardrobe boxes!6-RdHNOoaJP8qdKqf079HfZScSG4ktTIETMI9-Xb0TI

    17. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

    18. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. Your friends will love you even more! Let’s be honest, you weren't planning on paying them anyway!

    19. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.

    20. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you.

    Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.

    21. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Also check all of their reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List.

    22. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This could save you money and major headaches if you ever want to get your deposit back!

    23. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

    24. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

    This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.

    25. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

    26. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

    27. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

    The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Moving food is such a pain!!

    28. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

    The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.

    29. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

    Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.

    30. Call PiggyBoxes when your done with your boxes. We will come pick all of them up!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with orange county, moving tips, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, packing supplies, rent moving boxes, boxes, cardboard, pink, packing

  • City of Irvine - February Events

    Posted on January 24, 2013 by Todd

    Looking for some fun things to do with the kids in Irvine?  Here are some fun things coming up for the month of February!

    - Every Saturday at 10:00am: Family Art Time- Parents and children experiment with different media including drawing and painting, mixed media, clay, printmaking and more with guidance from an art instructor. Parent must enroll and participate with enrolled child. Ages 5+.

    - February 3rd- Tennis Lessons: Lessons, Leagues and Camps are offered for ages 5 through adults at many parks throughout the City. Go to irvinequickreg.org to browse for classes.

    - February 8th 6:00pm- Have fun learning new dance moves at this hip hop class for teens. Open to high school students only. Includes lesson, open dance and refreshments. More info: 949-724-6739. $5 per student; register in course #122959.

    - February 8th 6:30pm- Moonlit Marshmallows: Make a warm and gooey s'more by the campfire. Each session is one hour. Bring a flashlight and dress warm. All ages welcome. Fee is per person; adults must accompany children under 18.

    - February 10th- Children's Garden Workshop Series- Flower Power: The Orange County Great Park Food + Farm Lab is hosting a series of fun-filled garden themed workshops specifically designed for children, on the second Sunday of every month.

    February's Topic: Flower Power
    Besides being beautiful, flowers are a necessary component in fruit and vegetable production. Come and find out why flowers are so important and then press some to make the perfect valentine for someone special.

    Presented by the University of California Cooperative Extension Orange County Master Gardeners, kids of all ages are welcome to come by between the hours of 11am and 1pm for what promises to be an enjoyable and enlightening time.

    The workshops run every half hour, and include a brief interactive presentation and hands-on activity to help kids develop a deeper understanding of the food they eat, the importance of environmental stewardship, the history of agriculture in their community, and what it takes to ensure a healthy and sustainable future.

    - February 16th- Art Happening- James Luna: Native Stories- Join us for a new Arts Happening featuring the premier of a performance art piece by award-winning Luiseño Indian and artist James Luna titled: Native Stories: From the Colonia to the Rez followed by a Q & A session session moderated by Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County. Seating is limited to 100 and will be filled on a first come, first seated basis. Luna’s stories transport audiences to his childhood where the family kitchen was the center of life, a place where he learned of his ancestors, heard heroic tales of family members, including military veterans and learned what it meant to be part of the American cultural revolutions of the 1950s through rock and roll, rebellion, religion and bell bottoms. He explains how and why he left Orange County in 1975 to move to the La Jolla Indian Reservation and why he never looked back.

    - February 22nd - Forms of Abstraction:  The Irvine Fine Arts Center is pleased to present Forms of Abstraction, a group exhibition focusing upon various artistic practices in the realm of abstract art.  The exhibition, which includes painting, sculpture and mixed media artwork from Southern California-based artists, will be featured in the Art Center's distinctive gallery space.  Exhibit will be on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center from January 12 through February 23, 2013.  Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Closed Sundays.

    - February 22nd- Battle of the Bands: Watch local bands showcase their talents and compete for prizes. Online registration not available. Student admission $5 and adults $6 at the door. More info: 949-724-6739. All ages welcome.

    - February 23rd- 2013 Chamber Music Series: Highly acclaimed classical concert pianist and former Great Park Artist-in-Residence Kevin Kwan Loucks returns to the Palm Court Arts Complex at the Great Park on February 23 with guest artist Iryna Krechkovsky on violin.

     

    For more info visit the City of Irvine's website: www.cityofirvine.org

    - Todd

     


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, community, kids

  • City of Irvine- January Events

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by Todd

     

    The City of Irvine is known for many things...Along with being a great place to raise a family you can count on safety, good schools, lots of stucco, expensive Real Estate, and lots of apartments.  We get a majority of our business from the Irvine area so we thought it might make for a good blog post to highlight some cool stuff happening around Irvine in January!  We will highlight a different cities events every so often.

    - January 5-6th: Surf City Winter Showcase. Bill Barber Park/Harvard Park.

    - January 11th: PJ & Disney Movie Night. Wear your pajamas, bring your pillow and blanket, and relax with your friends while watching a classic Disney film. Light refreshments provided. Ages 14+

    - January 12th/19th/26th: Family Art Time- Parents and children experiment with different media including drawing and painting, mixed media, clay, printmaking and more with guidance from an art instructor. Parent must enroll and participate with enrolled child. Ages 5+.

    - January 26th/27th: OC Coastal Classic Softball Tournament. Triple Crown Sports, Inc.
    Two Locations: Bill Barber Community Park/ Mark Daily Field

    You can follow different Irvine city events here!

     

    -Todd


    This post was posted in CA, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Giving Back, Moving Boxes and was tagged with Irvine, events, january, 2013, calendar

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