With all the talk of “going green” these days, people can get very confused, very quickly. Becoming more eco-friendly is a trend that has been growing each year, and it seems to have hit a peak in 2008. With television shows on HGTV and specials at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, it’s apparent that this trend is finally becoming important in the public’s eye.
Ever since I heard the concept of “going green” I knew that it was going to be
very important to our society as a whole. With the threats of global warming
and a loss of natural resources, everyone is becoming more conscious of the
environment and energy usage. The initial goal of “going green” was to conserve
energy. There are things all of us can do in our own bathrooms and kitchens.
It’s all about saving water. There are many tips and tricks we can use to save
water and save money.
Recently I moved back into the northern
Boston area and when I got my water bill, I realized I was spending too much
money and wasting water. So I started researching the best ways to save water
and be more energy efficient. Luckily, at the same time my employer was putting
together a presentation on “going green” for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
and I took it upon myself to get involved in this project as much as possible.
I discovered some interesting ideas and efficient ways to save water.
The first tip I found seemed to be
almost a no-brainer: A low-flow aerator for the faucets in the kitchen and
bathroom. This device is easy to install, inexpensive, and it cuts down on
water usage very quickly. Also, there is no real loss in water pressure. I’ve
found that I actually enjoy using faucets with the low-flow aerator more so
than the standard ones. The aerator provides a clear stream of water that isn’t
loaded with bubbles and is very efficient. You can get one for about $3 and
install it yourself very easily.
There are also a lot of “going green”
tips for around the house. Among the more obvious ones are: Don’t leave the
water running while brushing your teeth; fill the sink with water instead of
running the water the whole time you’re doing dishes; and if you have a
dishwasher, only use it for full loads. One tip I was doing without even
realizing it: Instead of using your faucet to get drinking water, fill a
pitcher with water and keep it in the refrigerator. That way you won’t waste
water by running it until it gets cold. These are small things that we can do
every day. They will very quickly become second nature. You can feel better
about yourself for taking care of the environment, and your wallet will feel a
little better, too.
I found some other very interesting tips that I had never imagined. When
taking a shower, place a bucket in there with you to gather up the excess
water. Use that bucket when it’s time to water your plants. Of course, not
everyone will want to bring a bucket into the shower - but if you really want
to save money and take care of the environment, just try it a few
These are easy things that all of us can do to help the environment and they
will save us money, too. I’ve started adopting all of these techniques - aside
from the bucket in the shower - and have noticed a reduction in my water bill.
Now whenever I hear about “going green” I know that I’m doing my part, and I’m
glad that I’ve started the process of creating a “green” home.
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