I tried to create a spreadsheet outlining the ebbs and flows (ha ha, I'm so punny) of our water usage, but I only found one statement from last year. So much for my organizational prowess.
None the less, in the last billing period, we managed to use 142 gallons, on average, per day. One-hundred forty-two! Doesn't that feed a family in Ethiopia for a year or something? And that doesn't even include the water used to make the stuff we use (e.g. water used for irrigating the veggies we eat). So I'm obviously back on my periodic environmental bents. Mostly because I've been reading the Skinny Bitch series of books.
For those not in the know, the authors aren't really interested in making people skinny or bitches, but they thought it was a catchy title, and they really want to make people healthier, which generally also means thinner.
Anyway, 142 gallons of water a day sounds a little excessive to me. I'd like to get it under 100. But that's a big decrease, so I'm going to shoot for a 10% decrease over the next two periods (which is roughly four months). I'd aim for the end of this billing cycle, but we were in the middle of it when we received our bill, and I sort of feel that that would be unfair. I mean, it'd be like giving a budget to someone and telling them: you've got to get this in check by December, but it's June, and we've already blown more than half of this, so good luck, buddy.
So, a 10% decrease would be 14 fewer gallons per day. Here's what I've come up with:
- And my creme de la creme idea: Travel more!