Go Even Greener!
Food scraps and yard work make up an estimated 20-30% of what we throw away (EPA). The CT DEEP says organic materials that can be separated out of your trash should be considered a resource and not a waste. We happen to agree! Composting these items at home is a really easy and economical way to keep waste out of the landfill, taking up space and creating greenhouse gases. Plus, you get nutrient-rich soil at the end to fertilize your garden and lawn.
Compost is made up of 'green' and 'brown' materials. Green ingredients are rich in nitrogen and include things like fruit/veggie scraps, coffee ground, grass clippings and livestock manure. Brown ingredients are full of carbon and these include things like eggshells, shredded paper and leaves from the yard.
Rain Water Collection
Rain water is a great natural resource that can take some pressure off your well or our town water systems. Rain Water Collection is a system that is set up to collect rain water from a rooftop, often consisting of a 55 gallon drum, a gutter downspout, a screen to keep debris out and a hose.
• Water that is collected has a variety of uses (watering lawns and gardens, washing your car, etc.)
• Water can be stored for use during drought conditions
• Diverts runoff from entering streams
• Can prevent erosion
• Less strain on a well
Connecticut DEEP has prepared a pamphlet for Connecticut residents on rain barrels. Check it out!
Did you know... the average American uses over 100 gallons of water per day?
How can you conserve water in your home?
- Turn tap off when brushing teeth or washing hands
- Use a shower bucket. Collect water while you are waiting for the shower to heat up.
- Shorten showers entirely. Old showers can use up to 5 gallons per minute of water!
- Low flow faucets/toilets
- Only use washer/dryer and dishwasher when totally full
- Check pipes for leaks and get them fixed!
- If it's yellow, let it mellow :)
- Water plants in the morning
- Plant 'drought resistant' plants in your yard
- Install a rain barrel or drip irrigation system
Ever wonder how much water on average YOU consume per year?
Check out the water footprint calculator.
It takes HOW MUCH water to make THAT?
Did you know that your cup of joe uses 35 gallons of water to produce? Find out more about this and other common household goods on the USGS site.