Water is a precious resource. We should all show our love more often by recycling it. Water recycling is a social, environmental and economical solution in making the most of our water resource more efficient.
Here are a few ways you can help by recycling your water: get rain collection barrels or a bucket and place them out in the yard to collect water when it rains. The stored rain water can be used for feeding livestock and watering the garden. Using rain water is great because it is free of chemicals.
When watering flower pots, put something under them to catch the water drainage and then re-use it to water your garden.
Water you use to clean the dishes can be reused in the toilet bowl for flushing or it can be used to water household plants, cleaning floors, sinks and toilets.
If you would like to reduce the grease in the water, add a drop or two of dish soap or baby shampoo to the water. The water used to cook vegetables or pasta can go into the compost pile when it becomes cooled.
Not that many people have time to wash their laundry by hand but doing it will cut down on water and energy consumption.
Everyone has heard that less water is used when taking a shower rather than a bath. A 5 minute shower will use between 7 and 8 gallons of water and you will lose it down the drain, however, you can reuse all of your bath water.
If you decide to take a shower, put a bucket in the shower to collect the cooler water when allowing the water to warm up. You can use either bath or shower water to mop floors, clean tiles, wash dirty walls, poor into outdoor tree wells, or water the lawn. Soapy water will not hurt your lawn so go ahead and throw it on your grass.
While washing your car, turn off the hose in between the wash and rinse. Even better, wash your car in a location where the water runs off in the lawn.
If you own your own home a gray-water recycling system is the way to go. The system filers the used household water from sinks, showers and washing machines. It saves hundreds of gallons of fresh water. The Gray water can be used outdoors for watering lawns, shrubs and gardens.
Here are a few examples how companies are trying to be more efficient. Rides and attraction parks use recycled water here in San Antonio. SeaWorld, for example, uses water recycling systems. Golf courses are trying to use effluent water to do their part. One golf course started banking water in the colder seasons to enable them to water their fairways not just their tee boxes and greens in the warmer seasons.
A town in Texas last year considered recycling their toilet water for its residents. They were taking treated effluent water and blending it with supplied potable water. NASA has a system which filters urine directly to salvage water.
The toilet aboard the U.S. segment of the International Space Station includes a tank that collects and filters urine, and has a well-monitored process to recover water in urine for drinking, cooking, cleaning and other uses.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Having the opportunity of folding your car up like a chair to gain space is finally here! As seen on TV… nope actually you may see this electrical tiny car soon on your street. Hiriko which means “urban car” is a compact car that can literally fold up. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an electric car for the crowded cities of the world. The vehicle is powered by a single electric engine and the wheels can rotate 360 degrees, the steering wheel will be replaced by a joystick steering device that pulls at your fingers to suggest steering moves when in need to do so by the on-board navigation system. The driver and passenger will enter the vehicle thru the single, flip-up door in the front of the car that also acts as the windshield when lifted like a garage door. Hiriko when folded reduces its length to 60 inches in other words you can fit three into a parking space meant for a single car. This two seated compact car can go about 75 miles on a full charge and reach up to speeds over 50 mph. Hiriko’s manufacturers hope people rent out the itty bitty car either hourly or on a daily basis. Test vehicles have already hit production and you should see them later this year in cities such in Spain, Sweden and our very own Boston.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Facebook is serving several purposes, catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, connecting with family, and naming your family. That’s right; people are using facebook for help to name their bouncing boy or girl of joy. Several facebook pages are solely for baby names. Others try to gain fan base to support the name they choose. One fan page asked for a million fans to force an agreement on his sister that if he succeeded she would name her son Megatron. Unfortunately he was 13 days short of a million fans and his sister’s baby was born named Dylan. A young Egyptian adult named his baby girl last year "Facebook"! On January 25th 2011, Facebook was used to organize the protest in Tahrir Square. The young man chooses "Facebook" for his daughters name to honor the victory the protest achieved. Back in May of last year an Israeli couple named their daughter "Like" after Facebooks “Like” button. Proud parents just like the meaning behind “Like”.