In recent years, it is likely that you’ve heard a wide variety of water saving initiatives that offer ways to reduce your water footprint dramatically. However, further studies and research has disproved a number of these recently, and there are others certain to be disproven in the months and years to come, too. Here are the top five myths related to water saving that you ought to start ignoring, if you haven’t already done so.
This is definitely our favorite, and around 20 years after it was originally put out there, people are still claiming it to be true, despite the number of variables that come into play.
Can taking a shower save water in comparison to taking a bath? Of course, it can. However, at the same time, you can also save water by taking a bath.
The first assumption came from people believing everyone always take full baths, but people were soon putting the time spent in the shower under the argument.
The way to save water is to be mindful of what you’re using whether you take a shower or a bath; one is not definitively better than the other.
Many people have been tearing up lawns and replacing them with flowerbeds or areas for growing vegetables in the name of saving water. However, numerous studies have shown that a lawn uses only modest volumes of water in comparison to other areas.
Obviously, if you have a larger lawn, then the balance of water use is going to change, but with a 50/50 split the flowers and vegetables need much more water.
We believe this myth comes from those who had previously been making a point about how much water a half-filled dishwasher can waste. The truth is that if you wash dishes by hand, even in a bowl, you’re probably going to use more water given that you’ll have to change the water at least once and are going to want clean water to rinse dishes after washing them.
In contrast, modern dishwashers are designed to optimize water use and consume as little as possible. Yes, they still waste water if you only put a few things in them, but this is easy to manage, especially if you can find a dishwasher with a ‘half load’ option.
Periods of summer drought are when we’re subject to hosepipe bans, so it is perhaps only natural that people think warmer weather is when they should be more conscious of the water they use. However, such an attitude is only going to make the planetary water situation much worse; if we believe we can be wasteful when it rains, or during the winter, then we’re in big trouble.
One final popular myth is that a leak is water than you’ve already ‘used,’ as it’s already in your pipes, and as such you’re not actually paying anything additional. Unfortunately, this is a huge mistake; leaks could be adding a lot onto your water bills, and you need to do all you can to prevent them, from ensuring you buy a shower faucet and tap aerator to making sure leaks are fixed as soon as you identify them.
Not only are these water saving myths damaging the environment, they’re all costing you a lot of money, too. Forget about the water saving myths that you’ve been following for years, and instead take a positive approach to initiatives that actually are making a difference.
Simon is passionate about the environment and is frustrated by the level of misinformation and poor guidance out there causing people to unwittingly waste water. Simon hopes to launch a website in the near future that promotes water saving initiatives.
Clean drinking water is essential to life and should you find yourself in a situation where there is no clean drinking water available then you will have to purify the water yourself. Here is how you can build your own water purifier.
You will want to start out with 2 large plastic containers. One will be used for unfiltered water and the other for filtered water. 5 gallon should be a big enough size for your buckets and make sure you keep the lids. You will also need a food-grade spigot, a pair of water filtration elements and an electric drill with 1/2’” and 3/4” drill bits.
First two 1/2” holes should be drilled at the bottom of whichever bucket will be the upper bucket. Also, drill two more holes in to the lid of the bottom bucket making sure that they align with the holes previously drilled. Keep in mind that this is a gravity filter, which means gravity will pull the water downward and that’s why it’s very important that your holes line up. Otherwise your water will not be properly filtered.
Next you will want to drill a hole 3/4″ in size for the spigot into the bottom of the second bucket. Once the spigot is installed, make sure that it is properly sealed so that you keep water in and debris out.
Now it is time for the water filter elements. You can buy these at almost any outdoors or camping store or online.
You will want to install these elements into the upper bucket. The hole that was previously drilled into the bottom of the upper bucket will secure the nozzle of the water filter. Make sure both of your filters are protruding from the bottom and secured.
You are now ready to stack your buckets. If you measured and drilled correctly then your filter elements that are protruding from the bottom should fit into the lid of the bottom bucket.
Now that your purifier is assembled you are ready to start filtering your water. Since your filtration elements are new it will probably take a long time for the water to make its way through. If you want to increase the rate of how fast the water is coming out, then you can simply add more water. Since it is a gravity filter it uses weight as its momentum.
It’s important to regularly clean your new water filtration system. As time goes on, the more you filter water the more debris will pile up on your filter and it will begin to start slowing the filtration process down. All you need to do to clean your filter is to simply remove it and rinse it off. Remove any debris by hand that won’t come off with water pressure. Use this time to also clean and rinse out the buckets. It’s also always a good idea to keep extra filtration elements on hand as a backup just in case your filters become compromised.
All it takes is 6 easy steps and a few relatively cheap materials to ensure clean and safe drinking water. A worthy investment by any standards.
Henry Hernandez is an army veteran who enjoys farming on his ranch in Texas. After the military Henry became a water sanitation engineer and retired earlier this year. He has been living a self-sufficient lifestyle on his ranch and has actually made his home out of an underground bunker that he personally designed from risingsbunkers.com. Henry can be found on Google+.
There are many ways on how you can lose weight, but most often it’s the last 10 pounds that’s the most difficult to lose. Although the most effective way to lose weight differs per person, there are simple changes in our habits that can actually help us lose up to 10 pounds or more. Here are 5 ways to lose 10 pounds.
Drink Water (And Avoid Alcohol)
Studies show that people who drink plenty of water lose more weight than those who don’t. There are many times when the body tricks us into thinking we’re hungry when in fact, we’re just thirsty. Drinking water before meals also help us feel fuller and eat less. According to a research done by the American Chemical Society, you can keep a few pounds off for at least a year if you drink two 8-ounce glasses of water before having your breakfast, lunch or dinner.
When it comes to alcohol – while it’s fun to go out and have some drinks with your friends, alcoholic drinks have empty calories that can add pounds. Replace it with water and you can easily lose weight.
Cut Down on Sugar
Sugar contributes to weight gain so cutting back on it can help you save calories. But did you know that many food which are seemingly sugar-free can contain sugar? This includes pasta sauces and frozen products. If you want to cut down on your sugar intake, read labels and go for healthier options.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and you may want to keep this in mind if you want to lose 10 pounds. People who take time to eat breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who skip it. The secret is to eat food high in carbohydrates and protein. Carbs provide the body with the energy to function while protein helps fuel the muscles. Go for carbs such as whole wheat bread or cereals for a healthier breakfast.
Get Enough Sleep
Research shows that people who don’t get enough sleep tend to gain more weight than those who get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. If you’re not getting sleep, here’s a simple tip – go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. And yes, this includes weekends.
It doesn’t matter what you want to do to stay in shape – you can go for a run in your neighborhood or try yoga. Find something that you enjoy doing while sweating off the pounds. Even if you’re busy with work, take a walk during your lunch or afternoon break to make sure that you stay active.
Drinking milk before going to bed does have its benefits besides providing you with calcium. Consuming low-fat dairy such as low-fat milk can help you lose weight. Studies suggest that higher daily calcium intake and increased vitamin D helps the body to lose a few pounds.
These are only some of the ways to lose 10 pounds. Get active and have a healthy diet to lose weight and keep it off. Being fit and healthy will help you do more and be more effective at it.
Health and Fitness Editorial by Stephen Cole of FitFarms UK. Stephen is an experienced Fitness Course Consultant specializing in holistic fitness camp programs. He blogs about health and fitness topics at FitFarms.co.uk/Blog.
Everyone wants to look their best, but very few of us have the time to spend hours in front of the mirror every morning. Luckily, looking great doesn’t have to take all day. Here are 7 quick ways to make yourself look good.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is a very important component to any beauty regime. Drinking water keeps your skin looking bright and fresh and keeps your eyes looking bright. Water also has many health benefits: it flushes out toxins and helps with blood flow and many other aspects of good health. Getting in the habit of drinking water on a regular basis can help maintain beauty on a day to day basis.
2. Have a Great Pair of Sunglasses
Running out for a bit and don’t have time to put on makeup? Throw on some shades and a little lipstick and instantly transform into a very put together look. Make sure you pick a pair that suits the shape of your face – if you are not sure which shape is best for you, try on several different types before settling on one.
3. Keep a Nice Glow to Your Skin
Staying tan helps you look thinner, more muscular, and more energetic because it gives your skin a nice healthy tone. It also helps accentuate your body’s natural courves. In the colder months, try indoor tanning to keep that nice color!
4. Wear Long Casual Dresses
Dresses are easier to throw on than pants and a top and actually look a little fancier than your typical jeans and a t-shirt. Invest in some casual long dresses, and look like you spent much more time getting ready than you did!
5. Keep an Eye Roller Stick in Your Purse
Allergies, bad weather, or a lack of sleep can all make your eyes get puffy when you first wake up and throughout the day. Eye rollers that contain green tea, cucumber, or other extracts can help reduce puffiness and fit easily into any purse. Simply roll under eyes to help revive your energy and brighten your face.
6. Keep Teeth White With Q-Tips and Hydrogen Peroxide
Save time and money on expensive tooth whitening processes by using this quick idea: dip a q-tip in hydrogen peroxide and rub it on the surface of your teeth. Avoid dark food or drink for a few hours, and watch your teeth brighten to that just-whitened hue!
7. Let Your Products Work at Night
Multi task by beautifying while you sleep! Before you go to bed, put a nice face cream on your face that will give you deep and lasting moisture. Use a different deep moisturizer on your body.
If you have dry hair, run conditioner or a natural conditioning agent like olive or coconut oil through it, and twist it into a bun so that it can soak into your hair as you sleep. Night time is also a great time to let any color correcting or anti-aging creams work!
Teresa Thomas is a beauty blogger who is committed to helping people look great, learn more about her work as a marketing associate for Hollywood Tans at their website.
Worried about one or more earthquakes that are big enough to move mountains? Or maybe you’re concerned that a virus will cause an outbreak of zombies. Regardless of the exact cause, if you believe that life as we know it is going to end in the not too distant future, you don’t want to be caught with nothing when the world falls into chaos. Instead, you want to have the supplies needed to deal with any situation that may arise.
Since a disaster can last for a few days, a couple of weeks, several months or years on end, it’s definitely better to have more than less. That being said, you don’t want to simply start stockpiling random stuff around your home. Instead, because you do need to take your time and budget into consideration, it’s best to focus on the supplies that will help you the most.
To help you kick off your prepping in an organized manner, we’re going to cover several key categories of supplies, as well as the specific items within those categories that you should focus on acquiring and stockpiling:
Adding barrels of water to your stockpile isn’t a bad idea. The only problem is those will only take you so far. If things get bad for a very long time, you’re going to need to purify your own water. To do so, you’ll want to have purification tablets and a rain barrel. You’ll also want coffee filters, bleach, propane stove, sand and charcoal. If you’re wondering what method of water purification is best, this post covers all the main methods in detail.
This is a big one. In fact, if you plan on making prepping for a disaster an ongoing process, this is one area of your inventory that you’ll definitely want to continue expanding. But because you can’t realistically get years of food stockpiled at once, it’s best to get started by covering your basics. Since they’re all shelf stable, condiments, spices, canned goods, coffee, tea, cooking oil, lemon juice and vinegar are all worthwhile essentials. Additionally, don’t forget about sugar, honey, dry milk, beans, pasta, rice and wheat. You can also round out your essentials with salt, yeast, sprouting seeds and non-hybrid garden seeds.
Even if you’re planning on staying in the same place, you never know when an accident may cause a minor or even more serious injury. The possibility of an injury occurring at any time is why it’s important to have a basic first aid kit. Since they’re the most commonly used items in a kit, it’s also a good idea to stock up on extra rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment and latex gloves.
By spending just a few minutes browsing through TradingPlacePawn.com, you’ll get a good idea of the types of guns and ammo you should add to your collection of supplies. And if you’re on the fence about whether or not you actually need to have protection for yourself, just remember that if things get bad, you’re going to want to have a way to protect both your family and all the supplies everyone with you requires for survival.
Although you may not be going out on a lot of dates if the world falls into a disaster scenario, basic hygiene is still very important for your health. That’s why you’ll want to have plenty of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and floss. Other items that are highly recommended include shaving supplies, toilet paper, baby wipes, sunblock and feminine products.
These are supplies that you’ll probably want to keep near your first aid and hygiene supplies. In addition to any prescriptions you or your loved ones currently take, some of the basics you’ll want to acquire are pain relievers like Aspirin, antacid, cold medicine, allergy medication and constipation/diarrhea medication. It’s also worth having an ample supply of daily multivitamins.
Stocking up on forty-eight different supplies may sound like a task that’s too difficult to undertake. However, the important thing to remember is you don’t need to get out and spend thousands of dollars on supplies tomorrow. Instead, use this post to create your own to-do list. Then you can keep an eye out both online and offline for great sales. When you see a sale on a supply you need, that’s the time to stock up on it. Taking this approach will allow you to acquire plenty of inventory without putting an excessive strain on your finances.
Kerri Castro has been working as a professional writer for the last eleven years. Due to its popularity in the media and her own personal belief in its importance, prepping for disaster is a topic she’s really dove into over the last couple of years.
Kenya has recently reported that they have found water and lots of it, underneath the surface in what they call aquifers. Great news then! Not necessarily. Even though masses of pure water have been found, there is a major issue that still remains as an obstacle; how people can get to the water. People living in rural areas are less likely to be able to have direct access to the newly found aquifers, which in itself is criminal. Those living in less rural areas still face the same issue and don’t have much more of a chance of being able to get to the water.
Oil on the other hand is a different kettle of fish. When oil was found beneath the surface in Kenya, the oil was accessible, and for one reason only – that the oil would make the Kenyan government much richer than previously. So, why not invest enough money into making water accessible for Kenyan’s? Well, the Kenyan government are sadly much less concerned about the health of its citizens as apposed to making a lot of money from resources such as oil.
Kenya unfortunately is such a poor country, well the people living within the country are extremely poor and 40% of whom don’t have any access to safe, clean water. The population of Kenya currently stands at 41 million and therefore, 40% of the overall population not having access to safe water is a huge number of people (approx 16 million) – this is Kenya alone and something that many in developed countries take for granted on a daily basis.
In addition, an even bigger number of people (28 million) don’t have adequate sanitation facilities available. This just illustrates the scale of the problem that people face in Kenya and is often a catch 22 issue; lack of access to water and lack of adequate sanitation means a trip if possible to nearby hospital that doesn’t have the correct facilities, equipment or enough staff to look after the sick, which often means a premature death. So, it’s not just one issue that needs to be sorted, it’s all three of those mentioned, which unfortunately often means death from an easily preventable disease.
Improving and implementing an infrastructure that works properly and efficiently is a lot more complex than what first meets the eye. There are aspects such as extending and improving the network supply through digging, laying pipes, building water and sewage treatment plants. This is very costly, but so too are the lives of people; you just can’t put a price on.
Moreover, rural areas face a similar problem and again in order to sort out the infrastructure within rural areas is perhaps even more of an issue, as less than 2% of Kenya’s agricultural land is irrigated. Therefore, the cost of creating and implementing boreholes, pumps, pipes and irrigation channels has pretty much proved just too much even if the areas already have access to safe water supplies.
Unfortunately many of the answers rely heavily upon the Kenyan government and what if anything they intend to do in order to make the country much better for current and future generations.
Instead of giving millions/billions to African nations, why not arrange to send specialized teams to areas, in order to get the infrastructure of these poorer countries sorted out instead. I’m sure there’s lots of politics and reasons behind not being able to help physically, however, it’s worth a punt and could save millions of lives each year not only across Kenya, but also Africa.
For now, it still looks as though Africans are going to carry on struggling in terms of having direct access to clean and safe water. However, now that the water is available, perhaps the influence of the outside world can help to get things rolling along, even if that means slow, small improvements to the infrastructure.
Kyle is the author of this article and has worked in the water industry for many years and specializes in providing advice in regards to water filtration systems, such as water coolers etc.
A cleanse is a great way to help improve the body’s basic functions and reset the body. You can also use a cleanse to break through any weight loss plateau and reach your fitness goals. If you want to cleanse the body and refresh your body’s systems, try these five cleanses for maximum effect. If you are currently on a diet, such as the 17 day diet or Paleo diet, a cleanse can help eliminate the last toxins from the body.
24 Hour Cleanse
The 24 hour cleanse is the easiest cleanse to do because it only takes 24 hours to do. In the 24 hour cleanse, you simply drink pomegranate juice, eat brown rice, raw almonds, and a vegetable salad. In the morning and the evening, you take a shower. During the day, you exercise for 45 minutes. This simple cleanse is the perfect starter cleanse for anyone looking to reset their body’s systems.
The water cleanse is simply a cleanse where rather than eat any solid foods, you drink water only. This fast-style cleanse gives your digestive organs a rest. Typically, you do this cleanse for 24 hours only, although some people do it for up to 7 days. After the cleanse, you should take a few days to slowly build back up to your normal food diet, especially if you try this diet for more than one day at a time.
The kidney cleanse specifically targets the kidneys. The best way to cleanse the kidneys is to pass a lot of liquids through them to eliminate any toxins. Common kidney cleanses include a few days of eating mostly watermelon, or drinking watermelon juice with celery seed. This cleanse will also help clean the liver.
Candida is a yeast found in the body. However, without the right diet, the yeast can easily take over the body can cause problems. Candida overgrowth may cause headaches, mood swings, and digestive issues. To do a Candida cleanse, you do a colon cleanse followed with a diet that removes all sugar, years, and dairy. The diet also includes replenishing the body with healthy bacteria found in yogurt and fermented vegetables.
No Sugar Cleanse
This cleanse is extremely simple. All you do is stop eating processed sugar. Reducing natural sugars (like honey and fruit), will also help make this cleanse more effective. It may take a few days, but you should start seeing even energy and reduced mood swings.
These five cleanses are a great way to start on a recharging cleanse that will reset your body and make it easier to absorb beneficial nutrients. If you have any toxins in your body, from a poor diet, metal poisoning, or any other toxins in the body, a cleanse is a great place to start to eliminate the toxins from your body’s systems.
Before starting any cleanses, make sure you research the cleanse to ensure it will provide the benefits that you need. If you have any doubts, contact your doctor to ensure your body is strong enough to handle an intense cleanse.
This is a guest post by Dave, a freelance writer who’s on his 17 day diet meal plan.
Here are some facts about what drinking water actually does for skin. Read on and discover the power of water.
Water makes you healthy. It comprises two thirds of your body and, would you believe, 70 % of your skin tissues. And, it’s a fact; without water, you’ll not last a week.
It’s very interesting to note how water can influence your skin because of its dominating presence. Any water imbalance in your body will really affect your skin. What drinking water actually does for skin is something that you should be highly aware of?
Since our skin is an organ, it’ll also benefit from the effects of drinking water. Want to know more about what drinking water actually does for skin? Then keep reading.2.
Drinking an exact amount of water daily will really help flush these toxins from our system. However, if the need is direr than just drinking, you can use a water enema to hasten water’s therapeutic property and bring you back to your health faster than just drinking it. A regular water enema with other health ingredients will do wonders not only to your health but also for your skin.
A water enema brings faster results than what drinking water actually does for skin. Whether you drink it or use it in any other way, the water will always bring positive effects on your skin.
When we move around one of the most visible effects that water has working is when our joints are working perfectly. Water per see doesn’t do the lubricating, but it increases our organic lubricants like the synovial fluid to reduce cartilage friction.
This helps reduce pain in the joints and brings back health to a person. And we know that a healthy body makes healthy skin.
And remember: the skin is 70% water. When water is lacking the skin will suffer like dry and withered leaves. Keep that water a flowing and your skin a glowing. So what drinking water actually does for skin is really beneficial to it.
Kevin Lee writes regularly for Skin Care Tips for Women, a authority blog which is provide useful information about acne, arthritis, moles, warts, skin tags and many more.
It’s Friday night. What are you doing? If you like to party, dance, and be social, you might be hitting up a hot local nightclub. Tons of young and attractive club-goers will pack into a dimly-lit dance floor and unleash their wild sides. Going to the club isn’t just something to do – it’s an epic event, and you want to make the most of it. But the atmosphere of a club also attracts some more sinister characters. There are many who are only looking to take advantage of others in their inebriated, free-spirited states. And people under the influence often make poor decisions in the spur of the moment. When you’re going out to the club, it’s important to focus just as much on staying safe as having fun. Here are some tips.
Go with a Group
There is safety in numbers, and that’s never truer than in the club scene. Never go to a club alone, even if you’re planning on meeting up with someone there. Always arrive with at least one other person, but preferably three or more. Discuss your plans for leaving the club beforehand, and make a pact to stick together and not leave anyone behind. You’re always safer if you have someone else watching your back, too.
Bring Only the Necessities
When you go into the club, bring as little as possible. Carrying around your entire purse or wallet only makes you a better target for thieves, and they’re easier to lose when you’re not thinking properly. Bring only your I.D. and cash or credit card. Keep them in the front pocket of your pants or on a wristlet. If you drove, take your car key off the ring to reduce bulk. You don’t need anything besides an I.D. and way to pay, so don’t risk losing other items, too.
Watch Your Drinks
It is so important for you to watch your drinks, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or woman. Watch the bartender make your drink. Once you’ve picked it up, hold it in front of you and don’t set it down. If you let your drink out of your sight, buy a new one. Having your drink spiked with a drug is a very real possibility at the club, so don’t leave yourself vulnerable.
Take It Easy
The more you drink, the more you’re in danger at the club. Know your limit, and take it slowly. It’s tempting to do a bunch of shots as soon as you get in, but that’s only a recipe for disaster; it’s too easy to overdo it. Drink throughout the night, but keep track of how much and don’t pass your limit. Drink water, too, to stay hydrated, especially when you’re doing a lot of dancing.
Get Home Safely
In order to make it home safely after a night out, do not drive if you’ve been drinking or get in the car with a driver who has. It’s a much better idea to take a cab. Have the number of a local cab company on hand. Also never go home with anyone you just met. Take their number if you’re interested, but only leave with people you know and trust.
About the Author: Evan White is a clubber and freelance writer who considers himself an expert on Vegas nightlife. He loves to write about how to have a safe, fun time while going out at night.
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