So, it’s time for my third post here. My first one talked about fluorescent lightbulbs and introduced the theme of my posts and gave an idea on managing to achieve it. The second one concluded the two points by proposing a policy on recycling. Now, we shall go take a trip down memory lane and once again focus on saving electricity, except by different means this time.
This one, just like fluorescent bulbs, is extremely simple. That should grant it some appeal, and so I’m hoping some of you readers will be willing to give a couple a try in your own homes. Today’s post will focus on water conservation. In order for water to be used properly, it must be filtered, heated, and transported from water facilities. Though water is of an abundant supply here in the developed nation, fossil fuels are not. Performing these changes on the water requires an extremely large amount of electricity. As of now, a little more then 50% of power plants are coal-based. By reducing strain on them, fewer pollutants are thrown into the air. Almost 10% of electricity consumption in a household is used by water heating alone, and so saving water is a very simple way to not just reduce pollutants, but also save money.
There are numerous things that can be done to actually save water. Most of these involve getting new tools to replace old ones. More efficient showerheads are available and are able to use less water more effectively. Dishwaters filled with the toughest tech on the market rampage their water-saving fury on the plates that it consumes. Washing machines with top-of-the-line inner workings are able to blast the stains off of clothes while saving more than 25% of water used. There are all sorts of different tools that can be replaced, and it is only a short drive away from your nearest appliance store.
Of course, I’m pretty sure that a number of you people reading this thing right now are rather lazy and either you can’t get these things, can’t afford them, or just don’t want to bother your parents (if you’re an adult, you just don’t want to get into the car). That’s why people who are really dedicated to protecting the environment have an even greater number of easier alternatives. Fixing a leak inside of a bathroom doesn’t require much more than a wrench and actually has the capability of saving over 2700 gallons a year. It is estimated that an average American household unknowingly loses about 10% of their water to leaks from the toilet and faucets. Do not underestimate their capability. Another simple thing is to just reduce the time in the shower, and yet another is dispose of trash in a bin next to the toilet instead of flushing it. One of the simplest, but overlooked things is to just turn off the blasted faucet when you’re brushing your teeth but not using it. A faucet uses about 4 gallons a minute, and when that accumulates high enough from the 3-times-a-day-for-2-or-something-minutes brushing, the math reveals a figure that exceeds over 8000 gallons a year.
There are several more things that could be done, but this blog post is long enough as it is and most of those the new ideas revolve around replacing old appliances with better ones and making small changes to your lifestyle. And really, there’s no reason not to give these a shot. Many of them are extremely simple, and others can be done when a regular trip to the Home Depot is made. Protect the environment, one drip at a time.
Written by Jay Meza