Adding up to a Water & Energy Efficient Home & Garden
Your bathroom - use a 5 minute shower timer, a great water saver combined with a 3 star AAA shower head delivering 7-9 litres of water per minute, save up to 15 - 20% water use
Your kitchen - if you’re buying a dishwasher, consider a water efficient model and use your dishwasher on the eco setting to save between 5 - 10% on water use and 10% on energy costs
Your laundry - if you’re buying a washing machine, try a water efficient, front loader and save up to 10% water use and 10% energy costs.
Check regularly for water leaks in your home and garden, and check your taps for drips
Use a trigger nozzle for watering to reduce over-watering and a water timer connected to the hose and save up to 10 - 15% water use
Plant your garden with plants that need little water and are drought resistant and save up to 20% of watering
The Naked Mole Rat might not win the prize for the most good looking creature but it is an amazing little rodent. It can survive and thrive underground where the concentration of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is 5% (50,000 ppm) compared with above ground where mole rats and humans breath a concentration of 0.04% (400 ppm), this is the level of CO2 we currently breathe .
The CO2 concentration difference between the two places where the mole rat lives (5%) and where they scurry around on the ground (0.04%) is 125 times.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) humans can survive and work well in a CO2 concentration up to 0.5% or 12 times the current concentration at our earth's ground level.
New technology can help us to do more and more things for ourselves. New technologies can help remote communities that face serious economic and environmental challenges. These places often have harsh climates and extended droughts. Some of these innovations help to reduce the amount of fresh water that needs to be trucked in to these areas from the outside. The trucks use a great deal of petrol/diesel (energy) to carry the water because water is so heavy to transport.
This has led to some really fascinating new ideas, here's just one!
Jonathan Webb, Science reporter, BBC News, Boston wrote on 16th August 2015 that The Bug Killing Book looks like a standard book but there's a big difference.
After you've read a page that tells you what to do, you tear it out of the book and follow the instructions to filter water to get rid of harmful bugs. The book's been tried at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh the results are in and it's working.
The paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria!
Dr Teri Dankovich showed how the new product uses nano technology to trap bacteria so the water is cleaned in a matter of seconds. Dr Dankovich is a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has developed and tested the Bug Book technology for several years.
Her team's results were presented to the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.
According to Dr Dankovich's tests, one page can clean up to 100 litres of water so just one book could filter one person's water supply for several years.
The books could be dropped from planes and safely land in communities where there's no water.
Potentially many of the 700,000,000 people who have no clean water will have a chance to have a brighter future. Now that's good news!
One drip doesn't seem much but a dripping tap can add up to
30 litres per tap per day
This adds up to 3 buckets of water per tap per day or
210 litres per tap per week or
840 litres per tap per month
Save water and save money by checking your taps -
Time to get the spanner out!