With each passing year, we learn more and more about climate change our humans (mostly negative) impact on the environment and pretty much all living species that grace the planet. We have learned that almost all aspects of modern life require often scarce resources, or entail the release of effluent or other potential harmful substances to the surrounding environment. Many of us can literally see and feel the consequences of climate change and environmental degradation – whether it is scarce water, smog and pollution in the air, or ground that is simply so overworked and dead from chemical inputs that it cannot even produce a weed.
These things have real impacts and real consequences for the daily lives of pretty much everyone on the planet. People who live in more vulnerable places that are already experiencing the results of climate change and degradation, are on the proverbial front lines of the fight to reduce our negative impact on the environment.
One positive outcome of all this new knowledge is that there has been a worldwide, growing concern over our impact to the earth and ways to mitigate it. Whether you live in a place of plenty, or in water parched Africa, there are steps that you can take and things that you can do to reduce your impact on the environment and help to stem the problems that we have unleashed upon the planet.
Especially when it comes to places like Africa, that are already feeling resource shortages and the negative ramifications of climate change, action needs to be taken now, not at some indistinct time in the future. Africans with the means have the opportunity to at least help to reduce the loss of resources by being more efficient with their use. One of the biggest cases in point is water.
We all know that water is life and all around the world – especially in Africa – clean, potable water is becoming scarce. Part of living in the so-called First World is the access to sanitation and plumbing services, all of which require untold amounts of water in their operation. Nobody thinks that people should revert to times before indoor plumbing, but we can be more efficient in our current use of scarce water resources.
Low-flow and water saving appliances, faucets, and showerheads are the ideal and affordable way the average African can reduce their water waste. Showers are notoriously wasteful when it comes to water, but water saving showerheads can reduce one’s water consumption by almost half, while not reducing the quality of the flow one receives. Here are the most powerful shower heads available.
The great thing about low-flow, water-saving faucets and showerheads is that they do not require immense capital investment. These are items that can be purchased at a third party retailer and installed on almost any existing faucet and showerhead. It might not seem like this would make much difference, but it does and it starts to add up the more that people use these things. Between showerheads, toilets, and faucets, one can make half of their water consumption without losing any functionality or utility.
Regardless of where you live, low-flow and water saving showerheads, faucets, and other appliances just make sense. Not only do you save vital resources and do your part to reduce our impact on the planet, you are also likely to see cost savings by way of water bills. The less water you use – obviously – the less you have to pay for. That makes this a real win-win endeavor. It is a low-cost way to be the change you want to see and you are also likely to save a few bucks on your monthly water costs as well.