Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Recent Water Saver

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
I'm fairly new to your column, but I'm already using some of your tips for saving water.  A few weeks ago, you wrote about some tips for saving water in the kitchen.  Do you have any more water-saving tips I can use in my kitchen?  
Sincerely, 
Recent Water Saver

A: Dear Recent Water Saver
Welcome to my column and thank you for using these water-saving tips.  Since the previous column entry, I have started using several new water-saving tips in my kitchen.  Specifically, when hand washing dishes, fill one sink with soapy water then quickly rinse dishes under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.  Other tips include soaking pots and pans instead of scraping with running water and defrosting food in the refrigerator or with the defrost setting on microwaves, instead of with running water.  These kitchen tips can help you reach your low water use goals.  To learn more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with these new water-saving tips for your kitchen, 
Owlie

Advice from Owlie - Water Wise Researcher

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since researching ways to conserve water, I have started to run out of indoor water-saving ideas.  Decreasing my water consumption has become a nonstop goal, and I need your help to continue saving water.  What are some indoor tips I can use to lower my water use?
Sincerely, 
Water Wise Researcher

A: Dear Water Wise Researcher
I am glad to hear that you've been researching water conservation tips.  There are plenty of tips to use from my weekly column, but I do have some additional indoor tips you  may use.  Indoor tips that can save water include taking showers as soon as other people are done, which reduces time spent waiting for water to get warm, reusing towels at home to reduce the amount of times you need to do laundry and using only one glass or reusable bottle per day for your drinking needs to reduce the amount of dirty dishes.  These tips combined can help you continue saving water.  Learn more tips to save water at www.ieua.org.

Good luck in putting these water-saving tips to use, 
Owlie

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
My brother and I have been reading your column for three months and have been using your tips around the house.  Since these tips have been decreasing my parents' water use, they've given us the task of looking for more water-saving tips to use around our house.  Do you have any tips for us to use to help our family save water?
Sincerely, 
Water Preserving Youngster

A: Dear Water Preserving Youngster
I am happy to hear that you have been helping your parents save water.  The tips that you and your brother have been using are already making a difference in your parents' water use.  There are other tips you can use to help, which include not pre-rinsing your dishes if your parents have a newer dishwasher, since the newer models clean dishes more efficiently and reusing water that has been used to steam vegetables and make pasta, which can be used to water house plants or act as a base for soup.  Be sure to visit www.ieua.org for more water-saving tips.

Good luck in using more water-saving tips to help your parents use less water, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water-Saving Gardener

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
After reading your column on weather-based "smart" irrigation controllers, I have since installed one and noticed a decrease in my water use.  Now, I'm looking for more water-saving tips to use outdoors.  Do you have any tips I can use to continue saving water outdoors?
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water-Saving Gardener

A: Dear Water-Saving Gardener
I am glad to hear you've installed a weather-based "smart" irrigation controller.  The irrigation controller should help you reduce your monthly water use significantly.  But, if you are still looking for outdoor tips, I suggest avoiding over fertilizing your lawn, as it can increase your water consumption.  Also, aerate your lawn periodically, which allows water to better reach the roots and use a broom or blower to clean leaves from the driveway.  All of these tips can help you save water outdoors.  For more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Best of luck in reducing your outdoor water use, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water Conserving Host

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
I am hosting a rather large party at my home, but I am worried about wasting too much water.  I've been using several of your water-saving tips and would not want my hard work to go to waste.  What can I do to be a good host, while still maintaining my low water use goals?
Sincerely, 
                                                      Water Conserving Host

A: Dear Water Conserving Host
Thank you for working hard to save water.  Parties are not only fun, but can be a great opportunity to use and share water-saving tips with your guests.  Water-saving party tips include serving water only when requested by guests, using compostable plates, cups and utensils and serving food from pots and pans instead of a serving dish, which can help reduce how many dishes need to be washed.  These tips can help you be a great host, while meeting your low water use goals.  To learn more indoor water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org

Good luck with saving water while hosting your party, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water Preserving Bather

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since we are in a drought, I have reduced the amount of time I spend in the shower.  Although I've reduced the time, I still feel as if I'm wasting water.  What shower tips do you have to help me continue saving water while showering?
Sincerely, 
Water Preserving Bather

A: Dear Water Preserving Bather
I am glad you have shortened your showers to cut back your water use.  There are plenty of water-saving shower tips to use, but I have a few recommendations.  Some tips include: as you wait for the shower water to heat up, place a bucket in the shower to collect the cold water and reuse it, and install water-saving showerheads that use 2.5 gallons per minute, which can save you thousands of gallons per month.  These tips can help you save water even while showering.  For more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with your water-saving showers, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water Conscious Homeowner

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since my family has been using some of your indoor and outdoor water-saving tips, we have saved a significant amount of water.  Although we have been using these tips, we have noticed a lack of water-saving tips for the kitchen.  What are some water-saving tips that can be used in kitchens?
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water Conscious Homeowner

A: Dear Water Conscious Homeowner
Thank you for using my water-saving tips and continuing to find ways to save water.  There are many water-saving tips you can use for the kitchen.  Some tips to use include watering house plants with water used to rinse fruits and vegetables and scraping food from plates into the trash, instead of a garbage disposal.  These water-saving kitchen tips can help you reach your water-saving goals.  Learn more water-saving tips at www.ieua.org.

Good luck with saving water in your kitchen activities, 
Owlie