Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wachine Machines that Save Energy and Water

Are you in the market for a new washing machine like I am? After doing a bit of research, I found an interesting article on the CA Energy Commission's Consumer Energy Center web page about a type of washing machine that will save energy and water while reducing energy and water bill costs. It's the front-loader, and it can save you 15 gallons of water per load! There are various kinds of front-loading machines, so make sure to look for ones with the Energy Star label. This label denotes appliances that meet or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy standards. See the Consumer Energy Center web page for more great information on energy and water conservation.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Conservation is Child's Play!

Canadian site “Ecokids” offers a uniquely interactive site for children and educators. The site includes games and activities that are geared towards elementary and middle school aged kids who are interested in protecting our planet’s resources. Ecokids offers several games and activities with the clear goal of making conservation fun for school-aged kids. Share this site with your little ones and get them in the game!


Toilet Innovation

Imagine what the futuristic toilet would look like. Nothing fancy of course and perhaps it might even look exactly the same as it does now, but with a twist. This article presents a possible new transformation to the everday toilet that would help every household save on water. It's a very interesting and very plausible idea that might someday become reality. Click here to find out more.

Toilet Innovation

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Education is Power Campaign

The Education is Power campaign is now under way. This first commercial will help raise awareness about the Ecomerge blog and water conservation. Be sure to send the YouTube link onto as many people as possible. Thank you. You can also view the video by clicking HERE.

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Portland Conservation

The website below is interesting because it allows those of us in the Portland area to understand what the city is doing to help with water conservation. It also is a way for us to help see how much work needs to be done in the Portland area to promote water conservation and to see how much more the city could possibly be doing to help with water conservation. As part of the district in Portland we can push for better water conservation within the city. The Portland Water Bureau needs to display the information concerning water conservation more visibly and to inform the public more with this information so that more would understand and hopefully take the steps to conserve water.

Portland Water Bureau

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Water Shortages Will Leave World in Dire Straits

This article is exactly why we are trying to make the world aware of water conversation. It says if we do not change are ways, in 50 years more than have of the world population will be living with water shortages.

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The Desert Cube

The Desert Cube is a waterless urinal system that is 100% biodegradable, sewer and septic safe, reduces the smell associated with urine, and conserves water. When we flush our toilets and urinals, many of us believe it's the water the washes away the "yuck" and keeps our bowls clean when, actually, it's the properties in the water that promote bacterial growth and create that lovely ammonia smell associated with urine. Read more about how this innovative, conservation-minded design can help improve our world.

Waterless Urinal System

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

An Easier Way To Save

This site is generated to help those who don't know much about their current water usage and who want to learn more about how they can conserve. The program consists of an onsite audit, a history of your water usage and then it generates a report showing your current water usage, ways to conserve water that are specific to your family and your home as well as cost analysis. For more information about this program check out this site.

Do Not Let Your Property Leave You High And Dry

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"Ethos" bottled water

I came across this bottle of water, and thought it was worth a word. It seems that bottled water and the goal of "Helping children get clean water" are somewhat contradictory. It turns out this is the Starbucks brand water. Check out their website and see what you think.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Be Wise!

The people at “Water Use It Wisely” offer an array of helpful tools, including a pick-your-region water-saving guide. Advice includes keeping drinking water (filled from the tap) in the fridge instead of running the faucet every time you need a drink. They also offer a very easy to use “Home Water Audit” which rates users on their wasteful water habits.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Why is Water Conservation Important?

I have often heard that water conservation is important. There are many sites that will share with you ways to save water, but I wanted to know why water conservation is so important. With two-thirds of the Earth covered in water, I couldn't imagine that conserving water would be a global concern. I found my answer on a web site by the World Water Council under the Water at a Glance section. What I learned is that it is not that the world has too little water, but that the world does a poor job managing the water it does have. This poor management has led to high water stress in over half of the U.S. as well as in good portions of Africa and Europe. Water stress is an inbalance between the water we use and the water resources we have available to us. The World Water Council web site is a fascinating source that promotes water conservation programs and education on a global scale. I encourage everyone to visit this site. You'll come away with a new respect for water conservation as I did.

World Water Council

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts

This site provides information on things that are around the house that wastes water and how the little things that we do in making an effort to conserve water can actually help a lot in the long run. It provides information on what you can do yourself to help, such as turning the water off while shaving. We all make a difference in what we decide to do.

Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Home Water Use

If you are looking for a straightforward approach to home water conservation, check out the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s “H2ouse” project. The site is extremely user friendly, and offers an interactive home tour with suggestions for savvy water use for each area of your home. By mousing over different household areas, visitors can find useful tips, such as running the dishwasher only when it is full and washing dishes in the machine rather than by hand. (Apparently, it takes less water to wash a full load of dishes in the dishwasher than it does to do them in the sink). Other useful sections include a “Water Budget Calculator” and a “Garden Guide”, in which visitors can tour real low-water gardens. Take a look!

h2ouse: Water Saver Home

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