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I am a German transplant who immigrated into this beautiful country in 1999. Growing up in Germany, conserving water, recycling (almost everything) and NOT wasting (energy, food, etc) was part of my daily life. After living here for a while, I was always troubled how hard it was to continue doing so. Finding a place to drop off used paint for example, is almost a major undertaking. No wonder that so much ends up in landfills. That being said, I was always torn between my beliefs and convenience.

As the drought in Georgia worsened I realized that this is the time I can finally use all of my passion and previous experience and finally DO SOMETHING. My goal is to help Georgian's understand the need to change daily habits with the result of environmentally friendly, responsible living. 'Going green' not only saves natural resources and money, it also helps to live a happier, healthier lifestyle while teaching our kids to be responsible. While I want show how easy it is to change a few habits and 'go green', I currently focus on the extremely important goal of Water Conservation.

An average person in the United States uses 125-150 gallons of water per day for cooking, washing, flushing, and watering; this is more than 40 percent over what is needed to accomplish these tasks.Indoors, 3/4 of all water is used in the bathroom. In the average home, the toilet accounts for 28% of water use.

A family of 4 can save up to 18099 gallons a year by replacing a 3.5 gpf (gallons per flush) toilet and up to 4629 gallons by replacing a modern 1.6 gpf toilet with a HET Dual flush model. Caroma's Dual Flush toilets save even more water than the widely advertised low flow toilets. On an assumption of 5 uses a day (4 liquid waste/1 solid waste), a Dual Flush toilet uses 4.8 gallons a day versus 6.4 in a low flow toilet. That is a savings of 1.6 gallons of drinking water per person per day. Not only do you conserve water, you also save money for water, sewer or septic systems.

If you're interested in doing your part to start saving water, go to www.ecotransitions.com or visit my blog at http://www.pottygirl.wordpress.com

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