President Munoz shares a story from her childhood about her first "conservation" lesson-from her mother, Josefina. She was about 8 years old when she saw her mother running in and out of their home with large pots, trash cans, containers of all kinds...when Irma realized what she was doing, she burst into tears.
It was a cold, dark day and the color of the clouds were announcing that a downpour would be happening within seconds.
Josefina asked her why she was crying, Irma responded, "are we so poor that you must collect the rain?" Her mother burst into laughter and said that rainwater is a gift from the heavens and God and that all gifts from above must be captured and reused. She continued by sharing with her hija that rainwater is good for plants and told her how her family for many generations has captured God's gift to us: Rain.
Water Conservation Tips
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Install low-flow shower heads. Save: 12.5 Gallons
- Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Save: 25 gallons/each time you water
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. Save: 8-18 gallons /minute
Energy Saving Tips
- Turn off your computer. Shut down your computer at night and save an average of $90 a year on your electricity bill.
- Turn off the lights when your not in the room
Other Simple Ways to Go Green
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store/farmers market/retail store
- Grow your own vegetables