Friday, September 23, 2011
Conserve Water in Everyday Situations
running full loads will save both electricity and water.
One simple way that I try to employ and think will be incredibly easy to implement in your lives is taking shorter and less frequent showers. I am not advocating any stop bathing completely and become a dirty hippy, but certainly there are ways to shorten your showers so you can save valuable water. Showers use gallons and gallons of water, and at minimum 25% of the water used is probably wasted. There are water conserving shower-heads available as well, for those who want to take the next step.
Another pet peeve of mine is when people leave the water running while brushing their teeth. This is completely unnecessary and pure laziness. Simply turn of the water while you are brushing, and turn it on and off to rinse off. This also applies to washing dishes by hand, turn off the stream while you are scrubbing!
I truly believe that water will and should become much more expensive in the next years. Whether this is from a "green tax" imposed by governments, which would go to providing for other green pursuits, or if it is due to dwindling resources. Like the bottle deposit, there should be a high cost for wasting water, which will cause people to reconsider their water usage. Punishment, especially financial, works a lot better than rewards. The people who decide to continue wasting should suffer a much larger penalty and some of those dollars diverted to other ways of going green.