By now, it's no new news that California is experiencing a substantial drought. Individual efforts feel insignificant to the size of the task at hand. To quote Mother Teresa, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." We all have our part to play, and that part starts at home.
Here are 4 tips for conserving more water that you can put into practice today.
1. Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, lathering your hands, or scrubbing your dishes.
2. Drop an ice cube? Don’t send it down the drain, toss it in a planter instead.
3. Cut back on the water suggested in recipes.
Do you need to fill a whole pot to cook spaghetti?
4. Drink your 8 glasses of water a day ... but do it in the same glass.
Stay hydrated. Your body is one place you should not skimp out on water-intake. But, by dedicating one glass per day as your water cup can mean some significant water benefits. Eliminating excess glasses will keep your home looking neater, and cut down on the water necessary to clean extra cups.
And while we're talking about water intake, dedicating one glass (or reusable bottle) is a great way to save some money too. One year's worth of eight glasses a day on tap works out to about the same price as one bottle of water. And while we give two thumbs up to recycling, that's still an involved process that uses a lot of water. So do your wallet, our environment, and your home a favor: slim down on the employment of one-time-use plastics, and drink that 8 cups of water in one glass per day.
Read these great tips and more at WaterUseItWisely.com!
PS, Passionate about conserving water? Share this post, and then go to DoSomething.org's Shower Songs campaign, where you can set up a 5-minute Playlist to send to your friends to help them keep their showers shorter. And that way, you pick their soundtrack, and control what they'll be singing (this works great for roommates).
P.P.S: we're not going to advocate you follow the conservation advice of S.O.S. Mata Atlântica (a Brazilian environmental charity) suggested in a nation-wide television campaign. But we're also not not advocating that you follow their advice...
...Just be sure to clean regularly after you do. Or better yet, hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done for you! (ツ)