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Water and Energy-Saving Tips for a Greener World

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Dear friends:

Synchronicity! I was going to post a message today with energy and water-saving ideas, and just so happened to receive an email from Sen. Barbara Boxer today with water-saving tips. Here is the website link, with other sites and links to go to from there:


These sites include water -saving tips such as showerhead information, rainwater harvesting tips, how to wash your car with minimal water, lawn irrigation, home water saving tips, etc.


This is my very best and most effective tip:

Simply take a towel, wet it down, wring it out and store it inside the freezer for half an hour or more. Wrap it around your head like a turban, and the cooling effect will be remarkable! My friends and I did this while helping them move on a hundred-degree day, and even in that glaring heat with intensive body exercise, the cooling-off effect was so good as to refresh us for on-going physical work. It was just about as good as turning on the air conditioner! Your freezer will be running anyway, so you might as well take advantage of it and not add extra CO2 to the environment by turning on the air conditioner.

 Apply the frozen wet towel to your spine and boy, you will be chilled in two seconds flat!

During intensive summer heat waves, you might even consider keeping a damp towel in the freezer at all times, ready for use at any moment. (If you don’t have room in your freezer, make room! This technique works so well and is such an energy-saver, it’s just plain worth it. Think of how much you will save the environment, not to mention savings in air conditioning bills!)

Another way to cool off:

Run water on your wrist (palm of the hand facing upward) and elbow (ditto). Veins run close to the surface in these areas: You will feel a lot cooler in a hurry. Better yet, take a damp washcloth, put it in the freezer as above, and wrap it around your wrist and elbow. Wow! How do you spell relief? Frozen wet washcloth, that’s how!

Apply the water or frozen washcloth to your temples, nape of the neck, and behind your knees. You will feel so much better, in a hurry, even on a very hot day!

Instead of filling up the pool:

Buy a kiddie wading pool and fill it with water. Lie down in it, wriggle like a fish, take a splash and you will feel so much better. Dumping out the water means irrigating the lawn. When my neighbor did this, I thought it was so cute. If you feel a bit shy, do it in a private area. You can also use your tub for the same purposes, but not fill it all the way. Just enough to cover your body and wriggle/splash. It feels good and saves both water and money, at the same time!

Here’s how I wash my car:

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