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Small Change

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Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? The phrase relates to the theory that a flap of a butterfly’s wings could change the wind currents and create a tornado. Let’s think about this, butterflies creating tornadoes? Not likely. But, there is the idea that one small change, such as the flap of the wing, can have a big impact in the future. And it’s true. You can make small changes in your everyday routine, to help yourself and the environment in the long run.

Water We drink it, cook with it, bathe in it, and we even play in it! But with all the useful things we use it for; we forget that we need to find useful ways to save it! So here are some simple ways to save water and money!

- How long are your showers? Twenty, Thirty, forty minutes? Fifty even? I love long showers as much as the next guy (especially after a rough day); but did you know that the average shower uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute? Even more for an older shower head! One way you save water, is by cutting your shower time down by two minutes. If you cut out two minutes of shower time, you can save five gallons of water, and if you do that for a whole year (guessing that you take five showers a week) you can save up to 1300 gallons of water!! Now imagine how much water you would save if your whole family cut out two minutes. But, if you can’t stand the thought of cutting out time from your shower, try turning off the water when you are shaving or putting in conditioner (that would probably end up saving even more water).

- Toilets. Oh yes, I’m talking about the Porcelain throne, the Oval office, and the water closet. Those names not silly enough for you? I’ve got plenty more, but let’s try to stick to the point. No matter what you call it, don’t use the toilet as a waste bin (flushing after spitting out a piece of gum, used tissue, or anything that belongs in a...