Did you know that about 25% of the continental United States is in extreme drought conditions right now? The '10s saw a long drought in Australia that led to deadly fires, and parts of central Europe are below normal rainfall levels right now. Climate change brings weather extremes, throwing once-regular rain patterns out of whack. Even if your hometown is currently nice and wet, it might not be in the future. And besides, saving money on your water bill isn't a bad thing. So try some of these hardcore hacks to save water…
This is Offbeat Home's archive of water posts.
Due to some boring logistics, we will probably end up placing the washing machine in the garage. The problem is that there is no drain there, and it's cost prohibitive to install one right now. Our solution is to recycle the greywater from the wash. In the summer we will use it to water the lawn. However, in the winter the temperature drops below freezing, and we don't really need an ice skating rink in our back yard. What ideas do you have for recycling greywater in the winter?
I have a problem: I don't like the taste of water, but I know I need it… you know… to survive as a human being on the planet Earth. So I finally came up with a few life hacks in order to trick myself into consuming more water. Here are a few of my tricks, then I want to hear yours.
If disaster strikes tonight, if Godzilla comes down your street, crushing the pavement, ripping up water lines and making travel difficult, will you be prepared? Part of running a household means making contingency plans. How will you stay safe and healthy in case of natural disaster, monster infestation, disease outbreak, service interruption, alien invasion, civil unrest, or war?
Hi, Homies! I'm glad to see you today. I picked out these photos from the Offbeat Home Flickr pool, and I thought maybe we could sit down and look them over together, mmkay? I have SO MANY Clicky Links for you in here: water-measuring shower gadgets, wind-powered lanterns, and why old buildings matter.
More than half of all Americans drink bottled water; about a third of the public consumes it regularly. Sales have tripled in the past 10 years, to about $4 billion a year. This sales bonanza has been fueled by ubiquitous ads picturing towering mountains, pristine glaciers, and crystal-clear springs nestled in untouched forests yielding absolutely pure water.
But does bottled water live up to the hype and, more importantly, is it worth the waste?
How do you conserve water in your houses/apartments? Specifically, I'm most interested in the eco-friendliest, most water conservation-minded way to wash dishes without a dishwasher?
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