The Pulitzer Prize of Literacy committee seems to also be giving a shoutout to the importance of trees. The Overstory, follows nine characters with close relationships with trees, sometimes lasting for generations and leading them to a deep appreciation of the world’s threatened forests. Most of the characters become activists in some form, the result is what the Pulitzer committee calls out as an ingenious addition to the growing genre of climate fiction, books that explore the effects of climate change and the impact humans have on Earth.
If you have an environmental issue close to your home that is not fiction, are you ready to join the folks trying to save the trees? Or the water? Or the grasslands. California may be in the news for the fact that it has a history of 10 year droughts and then one year of heavy rain. With an Arid Mediterranean climate, this may be the part of the country that captures the attention of environmentalists as they point to both drought and raging fires as a problem that needs to be addressed. The fact of the matter, however, is that all of us have something that we can do to make our world a better place. From residential concerns that can easily be corrected with a professional plumber to mowing your yard less often in the summer so that the dwindling number of insects can repopulate, there is indeed something you can do to save this planet for future generations.
Water Heater Repair and Plumber Services Can Make Your Home More Efficient and Environmentally Friendly
That annoying drip that you hear when everyone is in bed and the house is silent and that irritating toilet that is constantly resetting itself are just two examples of seemingly small plumbing problems that can help you be a better citizen of the environment. Waiting until you need an emergency plumber to address a known problem is not expensive and wasteful. In fact, there are studies that indicate if we all made a switch to more efficient plumbing fixtures in our homes we could limit the amount of waste.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the ways that plumbers can help every property owner more responsibly use water:
- Approximately 10% of households in America have leaks in their plumbing that can waste as much as 90 gallons of water a day.
- In fact, if an undetected leak continues for a year, it could cost a home owner roughly $164.50 in 12 months.
- For example, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip a second can waste more than 3,000 gallons every year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
- Likewise, a shower head leaking at 10 drips a minute wastes more than 500 gallons a year. That is the same amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in a dishwasher.
- Overall, a trillion gallons of water, worth $6 billion, is wasted each year as the result of running toilets, leaking faucets, and other kinds of leaks.
- Leaks waste up to 180 gallons of water a week in the average household, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- the EPA also reports that America’s aging sewer systems spill an estimated 1.26 trillion gallons of untreated sewage every single year.
- The average U.S. family uses more than 300 gallons of water a day at home.
- 13.7% of that water use, according to Plumbing Manufacturers International, is the result of leaks.
Basically, the plumbing system in a home is composed of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings freshwater in, and the other takes wastewater out. It is somewhat contradictory to be claiming concern about environmental issues like fires and drought in California or the trees that are being cut down around your community lake if you are not doing everything that you can to control the water waste that is going on in your own home.
As we end a year and a decade at the same time, perhaps 2020 is the year when you will take serious responsibility for all of the wasteful practice in your own home, as well as voicing your concern about environmental issues is your community and across the nation.