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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stop the Wasting!

I’m still on the whole ‘conserve water’ kick, but instead of just bottles, I’ve decided to broaden the scale. So here are some ways that you can save water around the house. Not only will this help the environment, but it’ll also reduce your water bill, leaving you with some extra spending money as well.

Take Shorter Showers
Tragic suggestion, I know. Cut my hot, steamy, relaxing showers short? Impossible! But you should. On average, a person really only needs four minutes to get squeaky clean, and that much time alone uses twenty to forty GALLONS of water. I'm not saying that your cutbacks need to be that extreme but at least try to keep the hour showers the a minimum.

"I never let the water run. No! I never let the water run."
That was most definitely my second favorite song on Barney (the first being the Green Grass song). In fact, I'm pretty sure that I was six years old and dancing around my living room, using my finger as a pretend toothbrush, when I learned that running the water while I brushed my teeth was a big no-no. It wasn't until later that I found out turning off the water while I brush saves about four gallons a minute. Pretty impressive, no?

Only fully loaded washers
Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they're completely full. This is a great way to save water AND an even greater excuse for getting out of laundry and dish duty. It's a win-win.

"Mom, I'm not doing the dishes because I'm trying to save the world!"

Don't use running water to thaw food

The next time your parents ask you to grab the frozen meat out of the freezer and stick it under some water to thaw it out, don't switch the faucet on and leave the it there was the next ten minutes. Instead, fill the sink or a container up halfway and set your item in it.

Spread the word!

Encourage anyone and everyone you know to save water. It's quite easy and so, so good for our planet.

Save your water. Save your earth. It'll thank you later :)

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BlapherMJ said...

Hey! Another educational (and entertaining) post! I especially like the win-win idea on the dishes!

Nicole Linette said...

Conserving water is such an easy step to be eco-concious that we can all take :)


Posh said...

I am laughing as I read this. I so remember that "Barney" song. LOL


Deko said...

You rock girl! Wow 4 gallons of water we save by turning the water off when we brush...that is amazing.


Green4Kids said...

Ok, Miss Eco-Sexy, after reading this, I must take shorter showers. Now I feel so gulity. I love my showers, the only time my kids and my customers can't reach me! I will try to shorten them. Thanks for the reminder.