Month: September 2015

Welcome

First of all, I must welcome you to my blog. This is my first attempt and I hope you like it. The focus of this is to explain the scientific concepts and future plans for renewable energy and causes of global warming. Now, I hear some of you saying “that’s boring” but that’s where I want to change your mind. I aim to make this topic more understandable for everyone and as ‘blogging’ seems to be the new trend, I thought I would give it a go.

So, how can I make environmental science less boring? Well, there are a few ways. First, not everyone likes reading chunk after chunk of writing, nor does anyone want to see nothing but pictures and learn nothing, so I have tried to combine the two and make a blog where the most up to date information will be portrayed in a format easy for any age to understand. Weather, climate change and saving energy aren’t the most interesting topics people want to read, but I want to raise their profile. I want to make them engaging so that everyone will take an interest. It’s not about everyone becoming an expert, it’s about everyone understanding just enough to change little things in their daily lives to contribute to a bigger picture.

I hope you find my blog informative and fun, and if you do, please share it with your friends so we can spread the word about the issues that could affect our future and that of our childrens’.

Why Waste Water?

Now we’ve all heard people nagging us to turn off the tap whilst brushing our teeth or seen someone panicking to get that dripping tap fixed and some of you may be wondering – why? You probably understand that it saves water, but for the two minutes you are stood in front of the sink, you probably won’t realise the long term effects. Let me give you two examples:

Firstly, when you leave the tap running when brushing your teeth, you can waste up to 6 litres of water each minute! For a family, this means around 35,000 litres of water is wasted per year, per family and that’s really easy to change. All you have to do is wet your toothbrush, then TURN THE TAP OFF. It’s quite simple really, and can save you money too, as well as help save a valuable resource.

Secondly, if drip-drip-drip coming from your tap is common in your household, then you should get it sorted. A single dripping tap can waste 20,000 litres of water each year! Put it this way, that dripping tap can waste so much water, yet all you have to do is get it fixed – what are you waiting for?

There are other ways to save water too, and they don’t always have to be seen as a chore.

You could try doing these – and the beauty of the two below, is that they only need to be done once, and after that, the world reaps the benefits:

  • Replace your shower head with one that releases a lower amount of water but at a similar pressure to your current one (these are water efficient shower heads).
  • Put a hippo in the loo – well, not exactly. There are contraption called ‘Hippos’ which go in the cistern of the toilet, and each time you flush it, it reduces the amount of water you

Also, on a long term basis, you can try:

  • When you finish a drink, and there are ice cubes left – don’t throw them, but use them on plants (it’s only a small thing but every little action makes a difference)
  • Swap a bath a week for a 5 minute shower, this saves you money too
  • Wash up using a sink full of water, rather than running a tap as that wastes even more water.

There are plenty of other things you can do too – just give them a go!