Thursday, December 11

Green Irene on water conservation

Over the next few days I am going to be blogging about an eco-consulting business called Green Irene.

Yesterday I blogged about Green Irene’s 90-minute Green Home Makeover. One of the Topics that the Eco-Consultant will touch on during your green home makeover is Water Conservation.

They will address the 3 major issues of water conservation:

  • Sustainability
  • Preservation
  • Energy Conservation

Did you know that the United Nations estimates an average human needs a minimum of 8 gallons of water a day; the average United States citizen uses ~ 112 gallons of water a day!

Green Irene will show you, many simple actions you can take, and products you can install, that will dramatically decrease your water consumption without impacting your lifestyle.

The first step is awareness.

  • How much goes down the drain when you brush your teeth or wait for your shower to heat up?
  • Is your sprinkler watering your driveway as well as your lawn?
  • Do you have a faucet that constantly drips?

A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a year so a good place to start is by checking your faucets for leaks. Grab a wrench, some new washers and log onto, “How to Fix a Leaky Faucet”.

Are your shower heads low-flow? A low-flow model can reduce your water usage by half without changing the “feel” of the water pressure.

Taking shorter showers is always an option.

Your Green Irene Eco-Consultant sells aerators that can be installed in all your kitchen and bathrooms faucets. Aerators work by decreasing water flow, increasing pressure and mixing in air. They will cut your water usage at the sink by 40%.

The quickest way to lower your bathroom water consumption is by training your children, and yourself, not to leave the water running.

  • Turn it off while you brush your teeth.
  • Fill the basin to shave instead of running the tap.
  • Turn taps off tightly each and every time.
  • Plug the bathtub before you start the water. Adjust the initial burst of cold with more hot water later.

You waste 10,000 gallons a year waiting for hot water to reach the tap!

Our government projects that at least 36 US states will face water shortages within the next five years. Let Green Irene help you help your state and ultimately your planet.

To find your local Eco-Consultant, please visit and let your local Eco-Consultant help you and your family along the path to a healthier, greener life.

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