It is said that ‘no bird fouls its own nest’, but that is not true in case of man who has always contested against nature and won dishonestly. Slaughtered forests, exhausting resources, global warming, and burning rivers — all these brutal scars on the face of Mother Nature are prophecy of a probable doom. Alas, we are knowingly heading towards a Malthusian catastrophe. There is a knowing why, but there is a need to know what now! Man must understand that we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors but borrowed it from our children. Some simple changes in your lifestyle can help in turning the wheel and make the world go greener. Do your bit to save the Earth and save a pretty penny for your pocket as well. Incorporate these 10 easy yet effective measures and GO GREEN:
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Reason #2: Using less water keeps money in your pocket. By utilizing you are able to save thousands of gallons of water each year. You do the math, use less water and the water company charges you less money. That sounds like a good deal all around.
Reason #4: Conserving water can also save energy. In order to pump the water from a central facility into your home or office, energy is required to run that equipment. For example, studies have shown that in California alone, 6.5 percent of all energy consumed goes towards moving water from one place to another. So saving water means which reduces your carbon footprint and helps the country become more energy independent.
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Encourage your kids and friends to adopt going green measures. Inculcating habits of a greener and cleaner environment in the coming generation is probably the best gift we can return to the nature. Promote environment friendly campaigns and join save-the-earth groups. Teach your kids the importance of resources and the need of saving the environment. Don’t keep waiting for the moment when you’ll start working for the Earth, start today before it is too late!
While water conservation is important all the time, it is especially important during times of Drought. Visit to zzdetermine if your area is under a drought watch or warning, the scientific data collected to determine drought status, and additional ideas for water conservation in your home.
We have only scratched the surface of conservation of water, but if we all work together, we can bring about change, not only with water, but with air, land, energy, waste, and others.
Reason #5: For our friends in Florida and other areas prone to sinkholes, water conservation can actually reduce the occurrence of sinkholes. When the natural aquifers run low, it leaves a gap where water once was. Simple gravity pushes the ground downward since there is now a void and voila, you have a sinkhole.
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency whose goal is to make it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. WaterSense offers the following programs, tools and resources:
In our previous articles about and the limited supplies of fresh water we have, it was clear that water is one of our most precious resources. Considering that every single person on the planet needs water to survive, it seems strange that many of us would have no problem leaving the tap water running but we would go to war if someone tried to steal our oil supply. While and saving some money on home energy is important, take a moment and get back to basics. For the sake of your family and the survival of our future generations, explore these 5 reasons why conserving water is important to you.
WaterSense has also developed FREE educational materials for teachers. A Day in the Life of a Drop is a set of activities designed to help students in grades 3–5 understand the connections between the source of the water they use and the ways their water use habits affect the environment and human health. Students also learn how to reduce their impacts and engage family members. After completing the worksheets, students and families take the Pledge to Filter Out Bad Water Habits to demonstrate their commitment to saving water for the future. To access the materials go to .
The WaterSense program offers water efficiency facts and tips on how you can save water including facts on why water efficiency is important, answers to the most common water use questions, the monetary, environmental and health benefits of conserving water, and useful tips on how we can all use water more efficiently. To access this information go to .
Water-efficiency strategies provide important benefits to farmers, ecosystems, and society. Some of the water saved represents new supply that can be dedicated to other uses. But there are also compelling reasons to seek reductions in total water withdrawals, e.g., allowing farmers to maintain and even improve crop yields and quality; protecting water quality; reducing fertilizer, water, and energy costs; and boosting profits. The multiple benefits associated with reducing both consumptive and non-consumptive water uses argues for a comprehensive approach for promoting water-efficiency improvements that allows us to address complex and interrelated water management challenges in California, including water-supply reliability, conflicts among water users, the risks of droughts, worsening water quality, and ecological degradation. This fact sheet and infographic, , describe some of these important benefits.