water conservation

Celebrate Earth Day — At Home!

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 20th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: apartment, carbon emissions, chemicals, Earth Day, eco-home, energy, environment, green cleaners, green home, Green Living, house, house plants, houseplant, LED lighting, lightbulbs, non-toxic cleaning supplies, organic bedding, organic food, organic sheets, organic towels, planet, plastic, toxic, water conservation

Earth Day Home BlogWith only a couple days to go until Earth Day, prepare to get inundated with a billion things we can do — should do — to save our planet. Although there will likely be plenty of events to attend and planet-themed parties to enjoy, one of the best places you can celebrate Earth Day is in your own home!

If our homes are a reflection and expression of our lifestyles and values, then it makes sense that we start making conscious (i.e. green) choices at home. The issues affecting the Earth — from the oil crisis to water shortages to disappearing species — are complex, and can seem distant and insurmountable, but it is essential to understand the correlation between our everyday environments and our larger ecosystem. Everything and everyone is interconnected, and even the simplest act, such as turning the water off when we brush our teeth, creates positive change.

What’s Your Water Footprint?

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 21st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: agriculture, America, conserve, crops, drinking water, environment, fishing, flooding, grey water, infographic, job loss, lakes, numbers, outdoor tourism, reduce, river basins, rivers, statistics, streams, United States, water conservation, water footprint, water pollution, water quality, water table, water use, wildlife habitat, World Water Day

Water Footprint Did you know that the average American is responsible for the use of 751,777 gallons of water a year? (That’s enough water to fill more than 15 thousand bathtubs!) Or that depleting the water in rivers and streams can actually lead to flooding?

Sure, we could tell you all the facts about water use, but we’d rather show you, courtesy of this infographic from The Nature Conservancy and The Water Footprint Network.

How Much Water Is Your Home Wasting?

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 13th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: fresh water, glaciers, human consumption, low-flow faucet, low-flow fixtures, low-flow shower head, low-flow toilet, saline, salt water, save money, save water, showerhead, utility bills, washing machine, water bills, water conservation, water waste, water-saving

How Much Water Is Your Home WastingDid you know that only one percent of the world’s water is fresh water fit for human consumption? Or that you can save more than 30 percent on your water bill by installing and using low-flow fixtures?

Sure, we could tell you all the facts about water conservation, but we’d rather show you, courtesy of this infographic from eLocal.com.

Water Has a Footprint Too: 4 Ways You Can Save the Planet and Your Energy Bill

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | March 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: aerator, carbon-footprint, energy conservation, faucet, low-flow, rainwater, water conservation, water-saving

Perhaps it’s because I spent 10 years in Colorado, where the dry climate means every drop of water really counts, but I always conserved water just to conserve water. It recently occurred to me that water conservation is about saving energy too.

Blades of Glory: Fake Grass Is Eco?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 9th, 2009 | 5 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: artificial turf, Astroturf, fake grass, landscaping, polyethylene, synthetic grass, water conservation

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I always thought that a simple equation for living green was thus: Fake = bad; real = good. For example, fake food (Twinkies), bad; real food (apples), good. Simple, right? Turns out … not so much.

Making Sure You Don’t Overwater

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 17th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: gardening, Green Living, summer, water conservation

It’s summertime. You want to water your garden and lawn so they don’t go brown. But remembering to water is a hassle. So you installed an automated system. Problem is, your system goes off even when there’s a downpour, wasting both water and energy. What to do?

Water, Water, None to Spare

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | April 1st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home | tags: water, water conservation, water footprint, water neutral

Just when you’d finally gotten a handle on your carbon footprint, along comes a new footprint to master: your water footprint. With the conclusion of the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul last month, everyone’s talking about the new concept of “water neutrality.”

Wool, Wood, Water and Warm: 4 Elements You Need in an Emergency

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | December 17th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: carbon monoxide, emergency preparedness, home heating, water conservation, wool

The lights went out with a thud as the wires were pulled out of the house when an ice-laden tree fell on the line. All night long in the ice storm that hit here in the northeast last week, I heard branches and trees crashing in the woods. It would be the start of four days without power.

5 Ways I’m Greening Up My Kitchen

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 28th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: drought, eco-friendly home cleaners, recycle, reusable shopping bags, reuse, water conservation, water management

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that my home town, Atlanta, is in a pretty serious drought. Every time I turn on the news, I’m hearing in a doomsday tone how many (or rather, how few) days of water Metro Atlanta has left.