I didn't expect that producing the Green Minute would be so environmentally enlightening, and not just through big facts, but simple things one can do to help the energy and conservation efforts… even for those of us who, up until this point haven't been all that conscious of these things on our own (not naming any names).
Last week, Christal White dropped in to talk about water, specifically the clean type. Our discussion reminded me of a trip I took to Jerusalem two years ago, where I heard many Israelis speak about water the way I heard America and the rest of the world talk about oil. I was warned by random passersby in the street that the next war would be over water, and that we should get every last drop out of our liter-sized bottles we carried around as tourists, because we were lucky they were still sold in stores.
But it’s true — less than one percent of water on earth can be used by people, period, and not only is clean water getting harder to come by, it’s taking more energy and money to transport. If you live by yourself, you probably use about 100 gallons of water a day. Seriously. This doesn’t have to be; here are some tips passed along by The Green Project to stop the waste:
- Shut off the tap while brushing your teeth (it will save you 3,000 gallons of water a year!)
- Fix leaks, plain and simple
- Install low flow shower heads (Kramer=not a good example)
- Place aerators on your faucets
- Put displacement devices in your toilet (shaves 500 gallons/month)
- Soak dishes rather than running water
- Cycle the dishwasher only when full
- Defrost foods in the fridge