Alicia Silverstone is no longer clueless. Blogging daily on The Kind Life, Silverstone inspires hordes of people to take care of not only their health and well-being but nurture the planet.
She points out that water conservation, for example, is becoming a serious issue. The national average daily water use is 80-100 gallons, mostly from flushing the toilet and showering. In Los Angeles, the average resident uses 155 gallons of water per day, which adds up to 215 billion gallons of water used annually just in that one region! This way of life is not sustainable, and with such alarming numbers, we all need to do more to save water, a precious resource.
Some tips suggested on The Kind Life:
- Install a water-saving showerhead
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving (and scrubbing dishes)
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
- Use your dishwasher for full loads only
- Use your clothes washing machine for full loads only
- Don’t leave tap water running
- Consider native and drought-tolerant plants and grasses
- Do not allow the hose to run as you wash your car
- Water your lawn deeply and less frequently
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening
- Change lawn and plant watering schedule seasonally
- Use a broom instead of a hose
The City of San Diego shares some cute posters from the Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest. Teachers are encouraged to enter their students’ artwork for the 11th annual contest by March 30.
Got any other ideas for saving water? Please use the comments section!