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Mindful Living & Green Design --|
Although more than three quarters of the earth's surface is made up of water, only 2.8 percent of the Earth's water is available for human consumption. The other 97.2 percent is in the salty oceans. The average American uses 140 to 160 gallons of water per day according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Here are a few simple actions you can take to conserve water in your bathroom:
Turn off water while brushing your teeth or washing your face and save 5 gallons each time. My son learned this on Sesame Street 20 years ago. Still a great idea! This information is taped to the mirror in his college dorm bathroom.
Fix leaks. A slow drip or leak can easily waste more
than 100 gallons of water a week.
Replace your toilet. Toilets before 1978 used 5.5 GallonsPerFlush with an average American family using 32,120 gallons/year. A high efficiency toilet uses 1.28 GPF and can save 24,665 gallons/year. A dual flush toilet uses 0.8 GPF for "liquids" and 1.6 GPF for "solids" saving even more.
Check out these Toto toilets: http://tinyurl.com/toilets88
Hadestown, a folk opera by Anais Mitchell
Mitchell's new album is a cycle of songs with gorgeous melodies that tell the story of the ancient
Greek myth of the poet Orpheus and his doomed quest to rescue his wife
Eurydice from the underworld. In Mitchell's hands, the familiar saga is
reimagined as unfolding in a version of the U.S. that simultaneously
evokes our Depression-era past, the current financial disaster (though
it was written before the stock market collapse), and a post-apocalyptic
future. It's a land where people hide behind walls in a misguided
attempt to preserve their "freedom" and protect their riches. Anais says, "The real moral of Hadestown to me is, yes, we're f***d, but we still
have to try with all our might. We have to love hard and make beauty in
the face of futility. That's the essence of what Persephone sings in the last song: "Some birds sing when the sun shines bright / my
praise is not for them, but the one who sings in the dead of night / I
raise my cup to him."