Become a water warrior – 9 recommendations for water conservation

It’s hard to commit to using less water because it involves everything fine and delicate: cleaning our bodies, our food, and our clothes. We have a level of comfort with cleanliness and nobody wants to be smelly 다운로드. The United States is particularly obsessed with this (“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”). We use nearly as much water as China and they have four times the population 마왕일기.

And water conservation is a worthwhile cause, from the EPA:

In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages 다운로드. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions.

대한민국전도 다운로드. is in a devastating drought?" href="http://1x57.com/2012/09/08/are-you-aware-much-of-the-u-s-is-in-a-devastating-drought/" target="_blank">We are in a drought 다운로드.

Keep that in mind with these water conservation tips. Approach them with caution, do a little at a time, and find your comfort level. At times you may go too far and that is okay 다운로드. Often I go too long without showering and am reminded, it’s time.

Water use in the home covers four areas: kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and outdoors 지티 에이 3 다운로드. Which I break down into two categories – turn-off the running water and change your habits. The first is such a common sense idea, but we frequently keep the water running without doing anything 토비히메 다운로드. When you brush your teeth for 2 minutes and use the running water for 5 seconds. Or, when you pause in the shower to lather and ignore the gushing stream behind you 다운로드.

I daresay these are easy changes:

  • Brushing teeth – brush, floss, and don’t turn on the water until you rinse your toothbrush and mouth 다운로드. Use a cup to save even more water.
  • Cleaning dishes – Use running water after you scrubbed your dishes. A moist sponge can get you 90% clean. Make sure to place other dishes to collect the run-off.
  • Washing hands – turn off the water while you soap your hands.
  • Lathering in the shower – turn off the water for a few minutes while you lather, turn on to rinse off.

I know these are simple and common sense, but they are also habits. Repeated practice can save bucketfuls of water. Remember, the average American uses 100 gallons of water/day!

The second recommendation is for the water warriors. These require true determination, involving a substantial change:

  • Shorter showers – Five minutes is the goal, but four minutes will make you a legend.
  • Wash your clothes half as much – many clothing items, like jeans, can go weeks without washing.
  • No more dishwasher – some say that a full dishwasher is more efficient than hand washing, but the average dishwasher uses 4-10 gallons of water. Can you use less?
  • Watering the lawn – water less and less until you notice the grass slightly brown. That is the ideal amount to use.
  • Recycle gray water – Keep a pitcher next to the sink for recycling gray water. This is water free of soap and chemicals but containing food bits and such. Give it to your plants because they don’t mind a little dirt.

I have tested these recommendations and found them very livable. It took a few weeks to learn each habit, but now I’m proud of my water use. I think I’m becoming a water warrior!

Maybe I’m ready for the big challenges.

 

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Google Chrome tips – favicon-only bookmarks, pinning tabs, and multiple users

Create a Favicon-Only Bookmarks Bar

 

Pinning Tabs

Pinning tabs is another great space saver 다운로드. It allows you to reduce the size of a tab down to just the favicon, making it easier to manage important or frequently used tabs on the regular. To enable right-click on a tab and select Pin Tab 다운로드.
 
 

Add Multiple Users to the Same Browser

Adding multiple users to Google Chrome makes it easier to have a household computer without everyone’s personal data being intermixed and confused 다운로드.

Here’s how:

  • Click the wrench in the upper-right area of the Chrome window 다운로드.
  • Select Settings.
  • Choose Add a User in the Users area of the main Settings menu 다운로드.
  • Sign in to your Google account.

 
 
See more things you can do with Chrome via Lockergnome
 
 
 
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