Do not fall asleep here. Half of the power used in the world is for pumps. That is right – moving fluid or gases from one place to another. This is true for your water in your house which may require a dozen pumps during its lifecycle. This is not an intake issue either. When you flush the toilet you better believe there is some pumping going on AFTER that as well. So for the next couple of days we will become plumbers. We will be one with the pipes. We shall commune with the commode …We
Every Drop Counts! Water-Saving Tips and News
There are a number of ways to practice water-saving techniques in the bathroom, and they all start with you! Water Pik, Inc. shares the following tips to help educate consumers about the everyday practical ways to save water, save money, and help the environment – all within your own bathroom at home.
Water-Saving Tips for the Bathroom
Remember, saving water is not just for those areas affected by shortages. Encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to be part of a water-conscious community. Every drop counts!
- Before you lather up, trade up your current shower head to a water-efficient shower head such as the Waterpik® EcoFlow®, which helps reduce water consumption by up to 40%. Water-conserving shower heads are inexpensive, easy to install, and can save a family of four up to 17,000 gallons of water a year.
- Avoid letting the water faucet run while you brush your teeth, wash your face, or shave and you can save up to 4 gallons of water a minute. That’s 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
- Two of the highest uses of water in the house are the shower and toilet. When possible, take showers instead of a bath and consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
- Save water in the shower. Turn off the water while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 50 gallons a week.
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Research has shown that an average of 8% (or more) of all home water is wasted through leaks. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons of water each month.
- Check with your local government agencies and utility companies for rebates on water-saving fixtures.
More Water Conservation Tips
Bert the Salmon’s Water Saving Tips
Fun and informative tips from King County, Washington. dnr.metrokc.gov/wtd/waterconservation/tips.htm
100 Water-Saving Tips Based on U.S. Region
Get tips for reducing water usage based on where you live. www.wateruseitwisely.com/100ways/index.shtml
Five Key Actions to Save Water at Home
With so many ways to save water, here are the highlights for 5 key actions to help you capture the water savings around your home, from the California Urban Water Conservation Council. http://www.h2ouse.org/action/top5.cfm
Resources and Additional Information
A Consumer’s Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
How to reduce hot water use for energy savings, from the U.S. Department of Energy. www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/
Information for Homeowners, Urban, and Suburban Land Users
Publications and tips from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to prevent soil erosion, keep water clean and plentiful, create and preserve green spaces, and reduce the impacts of floods. www.nrcs.usda.gov/partners/for_homeowners.html
Information for kids about the water cycle, water conservation, and pollution. www.water-ed.org/kids.asp
Water Resource Fact Sheets
Water Resource Fact Sheets from Colorado State University for consumers, crops, food/nutrition, gardening, livestock and natural resources. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/water/pubwater.html
What is Water Conservation?
Water conservation can be defined as practices, techniques, and technologies that improve the efficiency of water use, from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. http://cwcb.state.co.us/Conservation/Conservation/
EPA WaterSense Tips
Using Water Efficiently: Ideas for Residences
Efficient water use can have major environmental, public health, and economic benefits by helping to improve water quality, maintain aquatic ecosystems, and protect drinking water resources. http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/res.htm
Simple Steps to Save Water
Saving water around the home is simple and smart. The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill, but could save about $170 per year by retrofitting with water-efficient fixtures and incorporating water-saving practices. http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/simplesteps.htm
Want to do something to reduce your environmental footprint? Take the WaterSense Pledge to cut down on water waste! http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pledge/index.htm
Water Use & Drought
Water is vital to communities in the United States and around the world. Find out more about water use and current drought conditions.
Water Use Backgrounder
In the United States, approximately 340 billion gallons of fresh water are withdrawn every day from rivers, streams, and reservoirs to support residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and recreational activities. http://www.greenerbuildings.com/resources/resource/water-use-backgrounder
U.S. Drought Monitoring Information
Because there is no single definition for drought, its onset and termination are difficult to determine. We can, however, identify various indicators of drought, and tracking these indicators provides us with a crucial means of monitoring drought. http://www.drought.unl.edu/monitor/monitor.htm
I know I posted the whole page but it’s Friday and I am seriously considering bringing Weird Bird Fridays back. I need the weekend off.