Sunday, December 21, 2008

Day 243 of our Green Year: Navy Showers

Yesterday, Layla and I decided to pay more attention to our water footprint. This was done because while global warming is a serious problem, a lack of available water could become just as, or more serious in the future.

Today, we take a big step towards conserving water and it is a step that most people may not be willing to do. Months ago, we chose to have only five minute showers, well while we may be in the shower for five minutes still, we won't be using five minutes worth of water. The reason for this is because we are now going to practice using navy showers for at least half our showers.

What is a navy shower? Well, since water is so scarce on ships and has to be conserved, navy showers are practiced. It involves using the water to get yourself covered in water and then turning the water off while you lather yourself up with soap. Once you are covered in soap and have shampoo in your hair, you turn the water back on and rinse yourself off.

This is a big adjustment but here at the ranch, we get our water from a well, so water conservation is incredibly important and our hot showers are a sacrifice we are willing to make.
We will continue to collect shower water each time we shower, and we will continue to limit how long we stand in the shower to five minutes or under.

Well we passed 8,000 hits today! With two days ago being our eighth month anniversary, that means we are averaging 1,000 hits per month. We were able to get 1,000 hits in just 28 days this time. Thanks everyone for coming out!

While doing research for a book today, I was looking for quotes and came across this one. It is a Native American quote and I think it explains what is really important perfectly.

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has ben poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught,
only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

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