I don't know about you, but 2012 seems to be whizzing right by! Winter seemed non-existent, the first day of spring was last week, even though we've had spring-like weather for months now. Summer will be here before we know it, and I have a feeling it will be a record breaking year for those hot temperatures! Which means we will all be looking for ways to keep cool. Your A/C will be cranked up, fans will be blowing and water will be drank...lots of water! Not only drank, but swam in, frolicked in, lounged in, those misters will be fully taken advantage of...however you can use water to cool off, I'm sure it will get done. Which raises a question... How much water will we be wasting in our efforts to stay comfortable?
The average american household uses 350 gallons of water each day, according to Whole Living magazine. Between showers, laundry, flushing toilets and washing hands, it does add up! Water is an essential part of our lives, but there are ways to cut back our usage and reduce our water footprint. Whole Living magazines April issue is dedicated to the wet stuff and highlights ways to conserve our most precious resource. Here are just a few...
- Harvest the Rain! Put a rain barrel below your gutter downspout and you'll capture a little more than a half a gallon of water for every square foot of roof during a one-inch rainfall. That means a 90-square-foot roof would completely fill a 55-gallon barrel! Use this to water your garden instead of the hose.
- Skip the Garbage Disposal! That food sludge gets extracted at wastewater treatment plants and eventually winds up in a landfill. Plus, you'll save on water and electricity.
- Fix Your Toilet! If you have one that is constantly running, you could be wasting up to a whopping 200 gallons (or 40 flushes) every day!
- Take Shorter Showers! Shaving just one minute off your typical time will save 2.5 gallons of water.
- Run Fewer, Fuller Loads! This goes for both the dishwasher and the washing machine.
- If It's Yellow, Let It Mellow! Yep, I said it! By making it a new rule to not flush every time, a family of four could save 9-11 flushes--that's 45-55 gallons a day!
As you can see, some methods are pretty obvious, some you might have to get a little creative to accomplish, but it is all worth it. There are many more tips throughout the issue to help you in your journey to live green, give back and conserve. What are some of the ways that you and your family save water?
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