As part of the New York State regulations, a real estate agent has to take at least 22.5 hours of continuing education every two years. This year, for on of my continuing education classes, I am learning about water.
I know--you are thinking, Water???? Seriously???
Wrap your brain around these facts that I have learned so far:
- 97% of the Earth's water is salt water and cannot be drunk without being treated
- 2% of the Earth's water is frozen solid
- That leaves only 1% of the Earth's water as drinkable
Think about how you use water in your daily routine. Chances are you use an alarm clock to wake up, right? Well, hydroelectricity power 10% of our nation's electric. Take a shower? If you are in there for about fifteen minutes you have used about 75 gallons of water. And the list goes on...
After reading this course, I am thinking more and more about ways that my family can work to conserve water. (not to mention money, as we pay for our water since we get it from our municipality). Here is what we have come up with so far...
- No running water while we brush our teeth
- 5 minute showers
- Cut down on flushing the toilet (yea, sounds gross, but did you know that flushing a toilet can use up to 7 gallons of water?)
- Cut down on using water for dish and veggie washing--we are using a large bowl and filling it with water for soaking/rinsing
- Installing aerators--simply purchased at a hardware store, aerators are put on the faucets and mix water with air, so you still get the flow and force, but use less water.
There are just a few to get us started. There are tons of ways you can cut you water usage and help conserve our precious 1%. For more tips, check out my website and scroll down to my Web Resources. You'll find some great places to go to learn how you can make your house and family more water sensitive.