conservation, sustainable living

Green Living Monday: Summer, the season of water appreciation

Growing up in and now being relocated to a desert makes you glaringly aware of water. How much you’re consuming, what you’re using it for, etc. Also, since matter is never created or destroyed that means that the amount of water on planet Earth is finite, the water we have now is the same water that was here when dinosaur’s walked the Earth. So next time you’re in the shower just ponder the fact that a dinosaur probably pooped in the water that you are now cleaning yourself with…

Due to the overpopulation of the world, water pollution and a whole host of other issues, water consumption is something everyone should be aware of. So here we go:

1. Check appliances, faucets, and pipes for leaks. Once I had a fridge that leaked for 5 months that went unnoticed, and I was amazed at how my electric and water bill went down.

2. Do not flush excess trash down the toilet. Every time a toilet is flushed is uses 5-7 gallons of water, imagine if that was 7 gallons of milk you bought. You might as well pour 7 gallons of milk and around 18 dollars down the drain.

3. Install water saving shower heads – they cost around $13, so spare yourself a double steak burrito with guac and chips at Chipotle for one week and you’ll be reducing your water consumption for years to come

4. Take shorter showers. 10 minutes is all you need to get clean, belt out some tunes, and maybe think of solutions to some of life’s problems. Disclaimer: if you’re trying to solve something like world hunger, this is going to require longer than a 10 minute shower.

5. Reduce your garbage disposal use. Start a compost bin for some of the thing you would put down the garbage disposal because then you’re saving water and you have good plant fertilizer!

6. Use native plants for your yard. Native plants have this weird feature about them where they are used to the dirt and amount of rainfall in your area because they actually belong there. WEIRD.

7. Water plants and lawns during the early and/or cooler parts of the day. This is more efficient way to water plants because there’s less evaporation and more absorption

8. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean off patios, decks, sidewalks, driveways, and any other outdoor area that needs cleaned.

For more tips on how to conserve water visit: http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

As a side note: Since it is memorial day, I want to thank all active and inactive military for protecting not only our country but our way of living. Thank a veteran today, and every day. Stay eco-friendly and fabulous, my friends!

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