Your Questions About Water Conservation Methods At Home

Mark asks…

What are some good marine biology assignments?

I am 13 and im in 8th grade im educated at home and I wanna be a marine biologist but I need to mix it in with math science history and everything else. Can anyone help?

admin answers:

Science – evolution of marine life. How did prehistoric marine animals look? Why did they look that way? (has some history in it too)

Math – learning about the ocean ecosystem. There are probably formulas and numbers you would need to know about for what makes a good marine ecosystem. For example, pH of water. PH is a logarithmic scale and has chemistry and equations involved (of course, this can get very very complicated, don’t worry about completely understanding it yet).

English, writing reports about marine life. Current events are good too, it’ll keep your grammar and language sharp.

If you don’t already, you can keep pet fish. You can even perform some experiments on them. For example, you could have two small aquariums with fish and give them different treatment. Examples: put live plants in one tank, put snails, have few fish and watch for growth, the list goes on and on. You can adhere to how to make a scientific experiment and learn the scientific method.

Ecology and conservation – how to save endangered species and clean up the environment. You could also go on field trips depending on your location.

These are some examples, I’ll also give you some links about marine biology and related assignments you can do:
http://www.learningabledkids.com/science/marine_life.htm
http://oils.gpa.unep.org/kids/kids.htm
http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/titinx.asp
http://www.teachingheart.net/oceanmath.html

Some very interesting sites about ocean wildlife
http://www.oddee.com/item_79915.aspx

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/07/gallery_marine_species/all/1

Good luck! If you have any other questions about marine biology, just ask in yahoo answers, and I’ll try to help. It’s always nice for a student to have interests in the sciences.

Michael asks…

How can I go green without people noticing?

I know it sounds wierd, but my family is against the whol “go green” thing.I used to be like “people think that the world is gonna end if you dont recycle everything” but now im realizing that this is a problem with all the landfills and everything.im only 12, so please give me ideas on how i can be kind to the planet without my fam being mad.

admin answers:

Here’s an inexpensive and simple solution to your problem: Save Water at home! Fresh water shortage is a growing problem in the world. Water reserves in various regions (like Southern California) have dropped. Hence water conservation is very important. There are some simple ways in which you can save water:
* Fix leaking faucets and sprinklers
* Turn off faucets while brushing your teeth
* Take shorter showers
* Use a broom to sweep the drive way instead of a water hose
* Use a bucket for car wash instead of a water hose
Here are some more tips: http://www.bewaterwise.com/tips01.html
Also tell your family to implement these methods of conservation to cut down on your water bills. In this way you will be doing a great help to the environment and your family will not mind either as long as they save some bucks!

Sandy asks…

How do I handle an earthquake with 2 small children under 3?

I have just moved to CA and with all this talk about a major earthquake not only am I terrified and trying to prepare, I realized I am not sure how to handle an earthquake with 2 little ones, especially if hubby is at work during day. How do I get to them, what do I do for them, etc? And then for at night – one sleeps in a toddler bed where she can get out easily, the other in a crib. I am really nervous about being able to get to them and protect them.

admin answers:

Since with two small children you are more likely to be at home, this makes your safety a little easier. Study your building, and if you live in a one story wood frame house or apartment, this is the safest dwelling in an earthquake. If there is a masonry chimney, that is a hazard as it could fall on the house. The preferred method of earthquake reaction is now called “duck and cover.” Sitting under things like sturdy tables or desks are considered a safe place to ride out the short time period (minutes at most) length of a larger earthquake. Avoid being near large windows and masonry fireplaces.

The other things you want to learn where the gas valve is located (at the meter), where the main water valve is, and where your electrical breaker box is located. If the building is damaged you should turn off the gas first (some gas valves now automatically shut down), water if you notice a broken pipe, and you may need to turn off the electricity as well as a precaution.

Inside your house you should secure tall furniture, paintings, and anything that can fall by anchoring it to the wall. Use metal brackets or nylon straps to anchor furniture to a stud in the wall, not just to the drywall and this has no strength. Be sure your children’s beds are not too close to windows, as these might break.. If there is no danger from falling furniture or a collapsing chimney, and your children are in bed, they should probably stay in bed until the earthquake is over.

You should inspect your water heater and make sure it is secured by heavy metal strapping. This is currently required by code, but many older buildings do not have this. If you live in a brick multi-story apartment building, it has probably been tied and anchored with steel rods and you will see the anchor points on the outside of the building. They will be metal diamond shaped plates with large nuts on bolts, often painted to match the brick, but still visible. If a brick building does not have this- please move. Older masonry buildings are the most dangerous and most likely to have parts of the building fall or collapse.

If your kitchen has not been child-proofed already, you may want to do that. Earthquakes have a way of dumping the kitchen cabinets onto the floor, and if you store glassware in the upper cabinets it may fall out if the doors do not have latches.

Do keep a supply of bottled water, a first aid kit, a hand-crank powered radio, and spare food somewhere where you think it will be safe. You may want to prepare a kit with all the essential items you need to care for the children in a back-pack or portable bag that you keep ready to use, and by having it be portable you will be prepared to evacuate if that is necessary. A small camp stove and a water filter might be handy if you want to be really prepared.

Keep in mind that when a big earthquake happens, phones and especially cell phones will probably not be working. It is likely that there will be electric blackouts, which means there may be no working gas stations and no working ATM’s until the electricity is restored. It is often easier to call outside of the state than to make calls locally when this happens- if the phones are working. For this reason it is wise to have a contact person for your whole family to call who is in another state. You may not be able to reach your husband at work, but both you and he may be able to call someone out of state. A fire chief that I know has given each member of his family a two way radio to have available for such an event- you may not want to go to this extreme, but being able to contact family is one of the most important issues for most people right after an earthquake.

You might also want to investigate the faults in your neighborhood. You can find fault location maps here:
http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/rghm/psha/Pages/Index.aspx
http://www.data.scec.org/faults/faultmap.html

I have experienced many quakes in California. The worst situations in the Northridge quake were concrete structures that collapsed and some multistory apartments that had been built with what are known as “soft stories.” These typically have parking on the ground floor and because of this do not have as much structural rigidity on the bottom floor. Some of these collapsed dropping the second floor to ground level. Properly built wood frame buildings are some of the safer buildings in earthquakes because they can absorb the energy of the quake.
Collapsed Apartment Building After 1994 Northridge Earthquake
also see:
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/nesc/bobcox/ndx2.php

If you are in a car you may not notice the earthquake at all (and think you hit a rough patch of road), but if you do notice slow down or get off the road and be very cautious approaching bridges or overpasses. In the Northridge earthquake several cars went off the edge of a fallen overpass on the freeway. Http://www.suite101.com/view_image_articles.cfm/1755365

Ruth asks…

What percentage of Americans’ energy use was produced by renewable energy sources in 1996?

HELP!

admin answers:

Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”

The house is built utilizing natures natural elements, in the shape of an octagon with 8ft wide arch doors on every wall to catch every angle of wind (typical 4 sided homes have half the chance as one with 8 sides. A circle being the most efficient design). Woodburning stoves, solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.

We also built many green small cabins on the ranch that we offer to family, friends and our on-site off-grid workshop guests, including one straw bale, one papercrete, earth bag and adobe, one cob and cordwood, one underground and rammed earth, one log and post and beam and one rock. Each one actually started as a test for what the main house would be and were later finished and turned into guest cabins. I later wrote a guide on how to build with alternative materials using alternative methods for next to nothing.

We raise meat and milk goats, chickens for meat and eggs, ducks for meat and eggs, trap havilina (wild boar pig), rabbit, quail. Brew our own beer from home grown products, preserve our fruits, vegetables, etc. Smoke and jerky the meat, make our own soap, cheese.

There are no utility lines, no water lines, no roads, tv, cell service, etc. On our ranch. EVERYTHING needed is produced here. All electricity comes from 27 solar panels, 2 main wind gens and a back hydrogen generator if needed (typically we can last 9 days with all luxuries of sunless windless weather, hasn’t happened yet). Water is caught and storaged from the rain. Hot water is made with solar batch water heaters with an on-demand hydrogen hot water heater as backup. Even our vehicles use alternative energy (2 hydrogen trucks, 1 EV electric vehicle converted). Because of this we have no bills, no debt and no mortgage.

Anyone interested can check it out at..

Www agua-luna com

I believe this is the first step anyone can make “help the environment”. Once you convert your own life style to a greener more eco friendly route, you can start helping others.

My home has all the comforts listed above plus some. We live very comfortable without effecting the environment. Just saying that tol et you know it’s possible. You may not want to go as extreme as me and my family but anywhere in between is something.

Without getting to in depth here, Using alternative fuels in your vehicles and harnessing your own electricity from the sun, water, earth and wind are the 2 are key elements in making a green transition and erasing your carbon footprint.

Here’s a calculator to find out how much of a green impact your making (carbon footprint)

http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/carboncalc

if you’d like to make your next step feel free to contact me personally at www agua-luna com

I’ve been installing home made Solar panels. Solar stoves, Solar batch and inline hot water heaters. Solar radiant heating. Solar home heating and AC, along with home made wind gens and other alternative energy items for the last 3 years.

You can even make the above projects on site with simple parts from the local hardware stores or auto stores or junk yards. For more info check out some guides I wrote / compiled on how to DIY www agua-luna com

Again these projects can be accomplished anywhere by anyone.

If you absolutely can’t do anything in your home at least you can put alternative fuels in your car. Most major automotive manufacturers (Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, etc) recommend the use of bio fuels, and nearly every car manufacturer in the world approves ethanol blends in their warranty coverage.

In fact your probably even driving an ethanol car and didn’t even know it.

The trick is finding fuel.

I’ve been producing biofuel for about 3 years now, it’s not extremely difficult. Basically you need general household ingredients, a processor (or still for ethanol) and some used oil. Blend it, let separate, screen and use. I complied a guide a while back to help walk you threw the process step by step, just email me or check out..

Www agua-luna com

as for recyling the best way i’ve found without taking money from your won pocket is to join a free freecycle group in your area or visit the habitat for humanity.

If you’d like help in making your self sufficient steps, feel free to contact me directly. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com
on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others “help the environment”.

Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m

Jenny asks…

If you were in the FUTURE how would you create a self sufficent water system how would you recycle or reuse?

It needs to be in the future and creative because im working on a project and i need some ideas.Thank you 🙂 and its a system like a filter or anything like that.

admin answers:

Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”

The house is built utilizing natures natural elements, in the shape of an octagon with 8ft wide arch doors on every wall to catch every angle of wind (typical 4 sided homes have half the chance as one with 8 sides. A circle being the most efficient design). Woodburning stoves, solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.

We also built many green small cabins on the ranch that we offer to family, friends and our on-site off-grid workshop guests, including one straw bale, one papercrete, earth bag and adobe, one cob and cordwood, one underground and rammed earth, one log and post and beam and one rock. Each one actually started as a test for what the main house would be and were later finished and turned into guest cabins. I later wrote a guide on how to build with alternative materials using alternative methods for next to nothing.

We raise meat and milk goats, chickens for meat and eggs, ducks for meat and eggs, trap havilina (wild boar pig), rabbit, quail. Brew our own beer from home grown products, preserve our fruits, vegetables, etc. Smoke and jerky the meat, make our own soap, cheese.

There are no utility lines, no water lines, no roads, tv, cell service, etc. On our ranch. EVERYTHING needed is produced here. All electricity comes from 27 solar panels, 2 main wind gens and a back hydrogen generator if needed (typically we can last 9 days with all luxuries of sunless windless weather, hasn’t happened yet). Water is caught and storaged from the rain. Hot water is made with solar batch water heaters with an on-demand hydrogen hot water heater as backup. Even our vehicles use alternative energy (2 hydrogen trucks, 1 EV electric vehicle converted). Because of this we have no bills, no debt and no mortgage.

Anyone interested can check it out at..

Www agua-luna com

I believe this is the first step anyone can make “help the environment”. Once you convert your own life style to a greener more eco friendly route, you can start helping others.

My home has all the comforts listed above plus some. We live very comfortable without effecting the environment. Just saying that tol et you know it’s possible. You may not want to go as extreme as me and my family but anywhere in between is something.

Without getting to in depth here, Using alternative fuels in your vehicles and harnessing your own electricity from the sun, water, earth and wind are the 2 are key elements in making a green transition and erasing your carbon footprint.

Here’s a calculator to find out how much of a green impact your making (carbon footprint)

http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/carboncalc

if you’d like to make your next step feel free to contact me personally at www agua-luna com

I’ve been installing home made Solar panels. Solar stoves, Solar batch and inline hot water heaters. Solar radiant heating. Solar home heating and AC, along with home made wind gens and other alternative energy items for the last 3 years.

You can even make the above projects on site with simple parts from the local hardware stores or auto stores or junk yards. For more info check out some guides I wrote / compiled on how to DIY www agua-luna com

Again these projects can be accomplished anywhere by anyone.

If you absolutely can’t do anything in your home at least you can put alternative fuels in your car. Most major automotive manufacturers (Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, etc) recommend the use of bio fuels, and nearly every car manufacturer in the world approves ethanol blends in their warranty coverage.

In fact your probably even driving an ethanol car and didn’t even know it.

The trick is finding fuel.

I’ve been producing biofuel for about 3 years now, it’s not extremely difficult. Basically you need general household ingredients, a processor (or still for ethanol) and some used oil. Blend it, let separate, screen and use. I complied a guide a while back to help walk you threw the process step by step, just email me or check out..

Www agua-luna com

as for recyling the best way i’ve found without taking money from your won pocket is to join a free freecycle group in your area or visit the habitat for humanity.

If you’d like help in making your self sufficient steps, feel free to contact me directly. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com
on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others “help the environment”.

Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m

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