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Derek’s Water Saving Tips for Urban Dwellers

There are no two ways about it. California’s water situation does not look good. Governor Brown recently and smartly imposed mandatory water restrictions. Government agencies are now responsible for coming up with strategies to cut water use by 25 percent. Rural dwellers carry much of the restriction burden because of the lawns they want to water and the cars they want to wash. I believe that there are small things we urban dwellers can do to easily cut back as well.

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Derek’s everyday water conservation TIPs:

  1. Get a timer for your shower and restrict yourself to 5 minutes. I randomly received a shower timer as swag at a tradeshow and my roommate and I randomly started using it. We’ve both become much more aware of our time in the shower and the water we use. We’ve realized how efficient we can be in 5 minutes. It’s easy to consider showers as relaxation time and it can also be rewarding to know you’re saving water. Get a shower timer on Amazon.
  2. Stuff your dishwasher full and experiment with settings that use less water. Dishwashers are wonderful machines of convenience. While they generally use less water than hand washing dishes, there are still opportunities to conserve. Don’t run your dishwasher unless you couldn’t possibly fit anything else in. Run out of clean spoons? Buy some more spoons. Also, test out your settings to see how low in water use you can go before you aren’t satisfied with the wash quality. Try a half load wash setting with a full load.
  3. Don’t overlook the small things. Don’t let the water run unnecessarily during hand washing and tooth brushing.

While these small habit changes will not get us out of the drought, they should at least get you thinking about water more as a precious resource and make you more mindful of your water use.

Water conservation is no joke! Do your part and encourage others.

More Easy Ways to Conserve Water from NBC LA.

California adventures

I made the proud realization this weekend that in the six years I’ve lived in California, I’ve done a lot of exploring. I used to have a giant Yosemite trail map with all the trails I’ve been on highlighted. It gave a great visualization for how much of the park I’d seen. I thought it would be cool to map out where all in California I’ve been in a similar way.

I’ve traversed quite a bit of the state and have seen a lot of great California sites. Some of my top highlights include:

  • Redwood National Park
  • Mendocino
  • Trinity Alps
  • Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park (including summit)
  • Yosemite (Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest, Buena Vista Loop)
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Napa and Sonoma
  • Farallon Islands
  • SF to LA on bike
  • Mono Lake, Bodie and the Eastern Sierra
  • Mt. Whitney (summit)
  • Joshua Tree

With that being said, there is still a lot of California I still want to explore, including:

  • Mt. Shasta (summit)
  • Pinacles
  • Devils Postpile
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
  • Death Valley
  • Channel Islands
  • Salton Sea
  • Palm Springs
  • San Diego and the OC

Are you satisfied with how much of your own state you’ve explored?

ALC Day 7: Photos

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ALC Day 6: Photos

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ALC Day 5: Photos – Red Dress Day!

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ALC Day 4: Photos

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ALC Day 3: Photos

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