Changing What You Eat Could Save Water

Changing What You Eat Could Save Water

We all know that a diet rich in whole grains, lean meats, fruits, and vegetables is one of the best things we can do to ensure better overall health. After all, you are what you eat, right? But, a well-balanced diet may actually do more than just keep you healthy. By making a few changes to your daily diet, you can actually have an impact on your ‘water footprint.’ Believe it or not, some foods take a lot more water to produce and prepare. When you reduce your consumption of these foods, you’re doing your part to reduce water waste. Changing your diet to save water isn’t difficult if you’re already following a healthy, nutritious diet plan for your daily life. It’s just a matter of knowing which food items take more water to prepare. So, let’s dive into a few of the changes you can make for better health, and water conservation.   Limiting Meat and Eating Healthier Are you a meat eater? Unfortunately, meat uses more water than just about any other food item. Think about what goes into raising a cow from birth to slaughter. Factory farms use thousands of gallons of water each day when it comes to taking care of their animals. Smaller farms or grass-fed animals usually end up using less water, but the majority of meat produced and purchased in the U.S. comes from larger facilities.   Limiting the amount of meat you eat can have a huge impact on saving water. You don’t have to cut it out completely. But, reducing your meat intake significantly can help you to lower your...
Addressing the Emerging Necessity of Energy Conservation

Addressing the Emerging Necessity of Energy Conservation

It’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing about energy conservation nowadays. It’s on the news, it’s on social media, and it’s likely a hot topic between your friends and family. But, have you ever asked yourself why it’s so important? Why is there such an urgent emerging need to save energy? It seems like a simple question, and really, the answers are just as simple. Let’s start out by getting this out of the way: Energy conservation is about more than just saving money. Does saving energy cut down on your utility costs? Of course! But, that’s a beneficial byproduct, and not the actual reason conservation is so important.   With that in mind, let’s take a look at why energy conservation has become such a necessity.   Focusing on Fossil Fuels   While cleaner forms of energy are available and frequently used, we still depend on the burning of fossil fuels for the majority of energy consumed in this country. That includes oil and coal. So, what’s wrong with burning these fossil fuels? The biggest problem is that they aren’t renewable resources. The more electricity used, the faster these resources run out. Because we’re so dependant on them, running out of them could leave us with an energy crisis until cleaner, alternative forms become more common. Fossil fuels also aren’t great for the environment. When they’re burned to create electricity, they pollute the air. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the overall air quality.   Saving Energy Generates Energy When just one unit of energy is saved, it’s equivalent to the...
What is Tinker Programs, and How is It Different?

What is Tinker Programs, and How is It Different?

By now, you’ve probably done a bit of browsing around our website. Maybe you’ve even read some of our blogs on energy and water conservation. But, the more you know about who Tinker actually is, the better. We’re proud of what we do, and we want as many students, teachers, and utility companies to be involved as possible. The more people on board, the more opportunities for conservation and education to take place!   Who is Tinker For? Tinker is for both educators and utilities. We provide K-12 education programs that are fully operational, using technology-driven resources to engage kids and young adults in a proven way of learning. Our water and energy conservation kits give students a hands-on experience. They learn to become responsible consumers of energy, and they can take what they learn in the classroom home with them. As a result, they can actually be the ones to educate their family (even their parents!) and create a more energy-conscious household.  Our programs are utility-sponsored. If you’re a part of a utility company, you might be wondering what’s in it for you. The answer is abundantly positive, and easily-trackable. By sponsoring educational programs like the ones provided by Tinker, you’re promoting both water and energy conservation for the next generation. That helps to create a more sustainable world for all of us. You can even track progress through an online dashboard, which helps to encourage participation and can give you a clear picture of the results.   How it Tinker Different? We pride ourselves on being a turn-key operation that connects with the modern student. That’s why...
Going Solar? What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar Panels On Your House

Going Solar? What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar Panels On Your House

From leading corporations trying to reduce their environmental impact to California laws requiring new construction to be more environmentally-sound, solar panels aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’ll undoubtedly become more popular in the future as new construction continues to pop up across the country. But, you don’t have to be in the process of building a new house to add solar panels to your home. You might think that it’s not worth the investment, but that’s a common misconception! There are actually many different benefits to installing solar panels on your house. Once you know some of the advantages, you might find it’s easier to make the switch and start saving energy.   Going Solar Saves You Money One of the biggest reasons people avoid ‘going solar’ is that they think it’ll cost a lot of money. On the contrary, solar panels will start saving you money right away. The average household can save up to $100 each month in energy costs.   Solar panels are usually under warranty for about 20 years. If you add up the savings, that equals $30,000 in the typical lifespan of your panels! Depending on your state and the amount of sunlight you get, you could end up saving thousands more.   Additionally, there are tax breaks and rebates to consider! If you do install solar panels, be sure to talk with a federal tax specialist about an income tax credit.   It Increases the Value of Your Home As solar energy becomes more popular, homes that have solar panels also become more appealing. As stated above, the average warranty for panels is...
What’s the Real Deal with Energy Star Appliances?

What’s the Real Deal with Energy Star Appliances?

  We all have appliances in our homes. From the refrigerator to the washing machine, big and small appliances are used every day. Because of their convenience, electrical appliances make up about 30% of our energy bills each month. Energy Star appliances were first introduced in 1992. The Energy Star symbol is a government-backed label that lets consumers know the product they’re buying will help to cut down on energy costs and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While Energy Star appliances started out solely on computers, now just about any energy-efficient appliance can carry the label. So, what actually qualifies as an Energy Star appliance, and what are the benefits? Let’s take a closer look.   What Does it Take to Be an Energy Star Appliance?   In order to garner the label of “Energy Star,” an appliance must meet certain criteria. This criteria is set in place by the US Department of Energy. Criteria are different based on the type of appliance, the size, etc. The bottom line is that they need to use less energy than standard appliance models. They need to be able to save you money on your energy bills, and they need to be committed to protecting the environment by causing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The criteria might seem complicated. Thankfully, as consumers, we don’t have to worry about checking the standards when we’re buying appliances. Energy Star has made it easy to identify the best appliances with their notable labels.   Why Should I Choose Energy Star Appliances?   There are plenty of reasons to seek out appliances with an Energy Star label....
Saving Water is a Family Effort – How to Get Everyone Involved

Saving Water is a Family Effort – How to Get Everyone Involved

Did you know that the average American family uses about 400 gallons of water each day? We’ve covered some tips in the past on how to save water at home. But, it really is a family effort. If everyone in your family made one different choice each day that conserved water, think about how many gallons you could save each day? Not only will you be shocked at how much water you’ve been wasting, but you’ll also love saving money on your water bill! One of the best ways to get the whole family involved in saving water is to turn it into a challenge. See who can save the most water each week. Turning anything into a healthy competition is bound to motivate your family to do their best! So, how can you get everyone, from your spouse to your kids involved in conserving water? Let’s look at a few easy tips.   Don’t Take Baths Sometimes, nothing sounds better than a nice relaxing bath, right? Many young kids also prefer taking baths to showers. Unfortunately, filling up the tub ends up wasting a lot of water. It’s unnecessary to use that much water just to get clean. Instead, opt for a quick shower! That’s actually another hidden tip: Try shaving a few minutes off your daily shower. Even shortening your shower by just five minutes can have a huge impact.   Fill the Sink It might seem contradictory for us to tell you not to take a bath, but to fill up your kitchen sink for dishes. Let’s clear that up. Putting a plug in your kitchen...