The #EverydayEffect – How Simple Acts to Conserve can have a Big Impact

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Today being Earth Day makes it the perfect time to evaluate our actions and our impact on the environment. Its a time to step back and see what efforts we can make, no matter how small, to reduce, reuse and recycle our resources.


I was in invited by SheSpeaks and P&G to participate in the #EverydayEffect campaign. P&G believes the most effective changes don’t necessarily start with grand acts and can start much closer to home, by changing the way we think about things like waste.


We already separate out our paper, glass bottles and aluminum cans (Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for three hours!) We’re lucky that our city provides a separate recycling bin for us to set on the curb.  It makes it so much easier and the large green bin serves as a reminder if we’ve slipped! We can always get better making sure to separate our recyclables, but we’ve been doing it for so long, we’re pretty well trained.


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So I’ve been watching my family as we go about our daily routine to see where else we could make changes so that, no matter how small we could make a difference. It was a very eye-opening experiment.  I decided to focus on our water usage.


Something that both my husband and I are guilty of, is turning on the water in the sink or shower and letting it run until it gets to the the desired temperature. We’re good about turning off the tap when brushing our teeth, shaving, or washing our hands, but who wants to get into a cold shower? I realized how much water this wastes as I listened to my husband tell me about last night’s baseball game while his shower got to the right temperature (4 minutes and 20 seconds of water and money running down the drain!).  I invested about $6 for this plastic tub.


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By placing the plastic tub in the shower while the water warms up, we can collect it to other ways. It’s perfect for watering houseplants or the lawn!. The same thing with the kitchen sink. Now we have a plastic pitcher stationed nearby. While you wait for the water to come up to your desired temperature you  can fill up this pitcher and use it as drinking water, refill the dogs water bowl, wash fruits and vegetables or to refill the coffee maker.



It may not seem like much , but if we all practice small actions like these every day, the effects can be huge!


Here are some other small and easy ways to save water:


— If you wash a few dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one side of the sink with wash water and the other with rinse water. Just like grandma used to do!

— Use one glass/cup per person per day – this reduces the number of glasses that need to be washed



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— Water your lawn and garden in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. This will  minimize evaporation and give your lawn more time to absorb the water. If you use a timer, set it to start after midnight.

— Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting so that the grass leaves are left a bit longer. Longer leaves creates shade and helps the soil holds moisture better.

— Wash full loads of laundry in cold water, using a shorter setting.

— Drop an ice cube on the floor? Lots of ice in your to-go cup? Add it to your pets water bowl or to a houseplant!


I’ll be watching my mailbox for the next water bill  to see if our efforts have paid off. ( It might be the first time I’ve been anxious to see a bill ;) ) At the very least, this project has caused my family to refocus our efforts and to do what we can to create Everyday Effects!


Enter the P&G #EverydayEffect Pinterest Giveaway for a chance to win a washing machine by filling out the form here:


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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Protor & Gamble. All opinions are that of the author.

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  1. Great idea on the shower temp bucket. I am totally guilty of that!

    • It makes so much sense…we fill the water bowls and water houseplants then dump the rest on the lawn. :) Of course, I make my husband carry it!