Friday, July 11, 2014

How to save water and energy!

Many places around the world are suffering from water droughts and power shortages. It's officially summer time; a crucial moment for people to be extra careful. California has been advertising it, yet there are still people who don't know or don't care. As a kid, my parents taught me to never leave water running, whether brushing my teeth, washing the dishes, watering the yard, or showering. I was also taught to turn off the lights or tv when I no longer needed to use them. The issue between water and energy is nothing new; people have been worrying about this for some decades now.

Child, teen, or adult, anyone can be told how important it is to conserve water and energy, but the actions are what count. Here are some tips on how YOU can do your part. Not to mention save some money!

WATER:
1. Shower 10 - 15 minutes. You save 5 gallons of water per every two minutes you reduce in showering time.
2. Use a low-flow shower head which reduces the amount of water wasted. (It's really neat)! You can also turn the water down when shampooing/ conditioning your hair or shaving.
3. Use the dishwasher ONLY when it's FULL.
4. If washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running. When rinsing, do not turn the water on all the way up!
5. Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth. Saves 8 gallons!
6. Buy plants that require little watering.
7. Don't flush toilet paper, cigarettes, or anything that you're not supposed to down the toilet. (You know what I mean).
8. If you own a home, collect and save the water from the roof after rainy days to water your garden.
9. Clean your yard, driveway, and sidewalk with a broom instead of a water hose. It'll save you 150 gallons of water AND give you 30 minutes to an hour of exercise!
10. Water your yard before 8 in the morning.


ELECRTICITY:
1. Turn off lights when leaving a room. Turn all lights and televisions off when leaving the house.
2. Set your refrigerator between 32 and 39 degrees.
3. On hot days: clothes your curtains. On cold days: open them to allow in any sunlight.
4. Unplug anything you're not using. Toaster, blender, laptops or computers, etc.
5. When traveling, unplug everything in your home (except your refrigerator)!
6. Do not use the stove to warm up the house. Not only are you wasting energy, it's dangerous!
7. Do not open the oven often when baking. It reduces about 25 degrees. Use a timer if you can't see inside the oven.
8. Lower the brightness on your tv, computer, laptop, phones.. anything with a screen.
9. If you can't sleep with the tv off, set it to sleep mode so it can automatically turn off after a certain time.

I hope you find these tips helpful and even rewarding. If you live with small children, remember to teach them too! Getting them ready at an early age is the best way to go! What are some of your water and energy saving tips? Let me know in the comment box below! :)

4 comments:

  1. This is helpful, thanks!!

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  2. we hook lots of garden hoses together,,, and then run off water from a spring can get in the hose, and we can water the grass;
    love
    tweedles

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    1. That's a really great idea that you use. :)

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