Week 2 Update

After a week of implementing my plan, I have been very conscientious of the amount of electricity and water I am using. When I am in the shower, I try to be as efficient as possible, but if I am going to shave my legs I have been turning the water off until I need to rinse my leg. Although this is a minor change, I feel as if it is saving water. I have also advised my roommates to do the same. I also have made sure that my roommates and I always turn off the water when we are brushing our teeth. Lastly, I have been trying to do one large load of laundry when needed as opposed to two medium sized loads. This lowers the amount of water used significantly. These are minor changes that haven’t been too challenging and seem realistic for others to be able to implement in their daily lives.

According to WaterAid America statistics, the average North American uses 400 liters of water every day! On the other hand, the average person in a developing country uses only 10 liters of water a day. It is really sad how much we overuse resources just because they are available, and WaterAid American predicts that at the rate America is going, in twenty years humans will use forty percent more water then they use now. This is an unacceptable statistic, and we need to find away to halt this terrifying trend. (http://www.wateraidamerica.org/what_we_do/statistics.aspx?gclid=CLPfg8_JqqwCFYHe4AodJhjG3A)

As for electricity, I have been using a small side lamp by my bed at nighttime instead of the large overhead light. However, I have made one change that I feel has a significant impact. I have been trying to not turn on one light in my room until the sun goes down. With my shade up, there is plenty of sunlight to brighten my room, and having the light switch turned on makes a slim difference. This has been a hard habit for me to break because it is a natural instinct when I walk into a room to flip on the light switch. I also have been turning the lights off in almost every room when I leave, unless of course there are people still in that room. In public bathrooms, my friends’ rooms, and many other places I will shut the lights off in order to try to lower their impact as well. I also am more aware of things plugged into the wall. I have tried to unplug everything besides my alarm clock and refrigerator from the wall when I go to sleep. There is no reason for everything to be plugged in at all times, and it is very wasteful and unnecessary.

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