Because water is a limited resource which we cannot live without, it’s vital we keep learning and remembering to use water wisely. As water is integrated into almost every part of our lives and is used in almost everything we manufacture, water affects us on every level. And because water is so affordable and readily available in this country we must be mindful to use what we need – not what we have
One of the first things we can do to use water wisely is to turn it off when we don’t need it.
Being mindful of turning off the water when brushing our teeth, shaving, lathering up in the shower and putting shampoo in our hair can literally save thousands of gallons of water. Other good practices include rinsing dishes in one basin of water rather than keeping the faucet running and then using the rinse water to water the houseplants.
Running a full load in the dishwasher or waiting to wash a full load of clothes in the washing machine are other simple habits we can all adopt. It’s also important to be aware of the water we use outside our homes. Not letting the hose run when washing our cars is a good habit or better yet using a car wash that recycles the water is even better. Saving water when cultivating a perfect lawn may be achieved by using drip lines, planting native plants, buying rain barrels and planting rain gardens.
When building, or remodeling a home it’s good to think about purchasing low-flow toilets, fixtures and appliances. Choosing a tankless hot water heater and being mindful of where plumbing lines are laid helps everyone get hot water without having to run the faucet. It might be as simple as turning off the water as we rinse our dishes or brush our teeth but whatever it is, each of us can do something, in taking a role in using water wisely.
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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:
Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.
Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.
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Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University
Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.