Save Water_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 

In the garden 

For part one see here.
For part three see here.

– Maintain healthy soil. Soils in good condition absorb water best.  
– Natural shade trees in the right position can reduce plant water use and offer opportunities for planting shade-loving native shrubs and ground covers.  
– Mulch beds and pots. This reduces water lost to evaporation by up to 70%.  
– Group plants with similar watering needs together.

 – Water deeply but less often to encourage strong root systems and hardier plants.

– Add organic wetting agents (available from garden centers) to help keep water and nutrients in the soil.

– Water early or late in the day (in accordance with current water restrictions) to reduce evaporation and don’t water when it’s windy or rainy.  
– If using grey water, choose biodegradable products with low levels of phosphorus, sodium, nitrogen and chlorine.

10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 
The first 5 ways to consume less energy you can find here.

6. Take the bus or other public transportation: I know, I know, it’s not the most pleasant thing in the world when you have to cram into a public transit vessel, but this is another of the changes that you can make that will have a huge impact. If, on a daily basis, you’re the only person using your car merely to get to and from work, you’re a prime candidate for a bus commute. Look into how long it takes to take public transit, you may be surprised at how quick it is. You’ll save a great deal of money, energy, and resources, and you’ll save all that wear-n-tear on your car too.

7. The Three R’s: We’ve all heard this enough to know it by heart; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. If you’re not recycling you’re literally throwing energy away. It takes far more time, energy, and resources to make a new product from scratch then it does to make one from recycled materials. Only buy products that have been made from recycled parts, that have been made organically, and/or have been manufactured by environmentally conscientious corporations. (say that five times fast)

8. Make meals with friends and family: This is an easily overlooked step, especially in this fast paced world we live in; co-op cooking can save a ton of energy. When you and your friends/family get together on a frequent basis to make meals, there are that many fewer stoves and dishwashers being ran that day. Not only that, but you’ll save money by buying larger quantities which also means less packaging is being used. Pretty simple huh?
9. Collect rainwater to quench your garden and yard: Lawns and foliage like H20, there’s no getting around that, but you can get around paying the utility for it. If you’re like me and you live where it rains a lot, get some barrels and store the sweet stuff. A hose attached to the bottom of a well placed barrel can have fairly decent water pressure. Refer to #1 to see why this is a simple yet important step.

10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a 10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive
amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a traffic light that you know will take at a minute or more to change. You know those lights, the ones that never change, well that’s a prime opportunity to make a difference. Also, keep your vehicle tuned up and running well so you’ll use less gas and create fewer emissions. When cruising around the neighborhood or shopping district in the summer, roll your windows down instead of turning on the AC. But, when speeding along on the highway, having your windows down creates a lot of drag which can actually make your car use more gas, so use the AC instead. Only wash your car at a car wash, use higher octane gas, and carpool whenever possible. All of these little tricks will save you money, and the environment from getting more polluted.