Let’s continues our water-saving series with tips for businesses. Water saving starts at home, but saving at work has even greater impact. Conserving water saves both money and is good for the environment. Apart from that it also saves electricity and wastewater.
Many counties and states offer a variety of programs to help businesses large and small save water. Note that not all programs are available in all areas, so make sure to contact your local water authorities to learn about the rebates and incentives that are available in your area.
Every little counts, especially when it comes to saving. A friend of mine used to tell me a story how little additional efforts multiply over time and at the end make a huge difference.
He was frustrated with the very little progress he made in his golf courses. He even considered quitting, when his golf teacher approached. He calmly asked what’s wrong and nodded with understanding. ‘See son, said the teacher. Imagine that you improve your golf swing with only one percent each week. It will be 2 percent in week 2, 5% by the end of the month and by the whopping 60% by the end of the year. You might not notice your small improvement but if you look at the whole picture, it is evident that your efforts are transforming who you are and what you are doing.
Work boots are much like old workhorses. Old, loyal, and comfortable. They are on your feet 8 hours a day, day after day. As much as we want to just get them off and throw them away immediately as we get home, we should treat our boots like they deserve (for examples of good boots care tips click here) . Maintenance will prolong their life significantly. There are just a couple of things to do. Never leave your boots dirty. Never leave your boots wet. Rotate two pairs, if possible.
These simple tips prolong the life of the good ol’ boots significantly. After all, who wants to splash hundreds of dollars every few months to get new boots? Yeah, me neither. I used to prefer spending more money on boots and getting the most durable ones I can find, as they last me at least few years. The bad thing about them is that they inevitably require longer break in time. However, with my last purchase I did something different. I bought a pair of Wolverines as they were listed as one of the most comfortable work boots a man can find, and they required minimal break in time. I am yet to see how durable they are, but so far I am quite impressed. Spending more than a hundred bucks on boots means that I need to care for them a bit more.
One of the things you should we mentined was never to leave your boots wet. Water can easily damage boots beyond repair. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend hours drying your work boots. With these easy steps, you will find that the process is quick and easy.
- Take the insoles out
Although this should be obvious, many colleagues don’t do it. If your boots have removable insoles, take them out and hang them to dry. Keep away from any sources of direct heat. Don’t throw them in the dryer. The most they can handle is a quick spin in the washing machine.
- Remove any dirt and mud
Make sure the boots are clean. Take a stiff brush and remove any much from them. If they are still dirty you can use a wet rag to clean them completely. If your boots are quite wet, remove their laces as well and let them dry
- Dry them with a newspaper
Get a thick old newspaper, rip the pages apart and fill in the boots. The newspaper will draw out the moisture much quicker. Although it is tempting, don’t expose your boots to any direct heat. Don’t leave them near the radiator, don’t put them under the air conditioner. If you let them dry on their own, you will significantly prolong their life.
Never ever, spin your boots in the washing machine. NEVER. Unless you really want to buy a shiny new ones and get a hell of a time while you are trying to break them in. Sure enough, you can do that with your canvass sneakers, but it will totally ruin your leather boots.
If you notice any salt stains after your dry them out, I’ve got you covered. Here is a great video detailing what you should to to get rid of the stains:
There is no doubt in the fact that preserving water is important. However, sometimes there are some other items preserving which is equally important. One of these examples is saving your favorite pair of shoes from water damage.
Indeed, you might get caught in a downpour, step into a muddy pond or simply wear your favorite pair in the wrong time on the wrong place causing them to be soaking wet. Well, there is a solution!
First, get out the insoles (if they are removable) and clean them thoroughly. You can run them in the washing machine or simply dry them outdoors. Never run them through the dryer, nor put them anywhere near sources of heat. Remember, never direct heat at any part of your shoes if you want them to last.
Second, clean your shoes thoroughly. Remove any residue, dirt or mud using a stiff brush. Pay special attention between the upper and the sole as this is the place where dirt usually gathers. Clean the rest of the mud with a damp rug.
If we are talking about shoes like these for basketball for example, you can probably run them through the washing machine on the shortest cycle, on the lowest temperature. To avoid any possible damage, just put them in an old pillowcase that will preserve their material.
Third, dry your wet shoes outdoors. Avoid any direct heat, but you can place them on direct sunlight without any issues. Stuff them well with newspapers, as these will extract any remaining moisture from them. Now be patient and let the shoes dry completely – depending on the weather and material of the shoes it can take few days.
If your shoes happen to be made of leather or suede, use appropriate preserving spray before using them. It will protect them against the dirt and the harsh weather. Next cleaning will be much easier as well!
As California is facing extreme droughts, the officials are looking for ways to save water. Cuts backs are everywhere, from kitchen to bathroom and lawn. But are there areas with room for additional improvement?
Indeed, as racers ourselves the first one we looked into were races. There used to be times where racers just grabbed a cup of water every mile or two. However, the things have changed. Runners are encouraged to use refill stations which allow racers to bring their own hydration system with them. This not only conserves water during races. Every little bit counts and when facing such a drought, this becomes hugely important.
Even though marathon organizers are not required by law to but they are making efforts to reduce the usage of water. They are implementing more and more eco-practices.
Conserving is the best way to get around to it, but they also have to stick to safety practices. They don’t dump the water remaining from their event, but donate it to local non-profit organizations. The savings are not small by any means. For a typical race with 4000 runners, the organizers prepare 2500 gallons of water. When the temperatures are mild, runners use less than 2100 gallons and the remaining 400-500 gallons are donated.
As you see races are demanding. Racers themselves have to take care of all of their equipment – their running tops and bottoms, appropriate running shoes, and. Getting the right equipment and maintaining the correct pace are hard enough, so racers needn’t have any other issues to sweat about before and during the race. That is why the race officials step in and take care of the water supplies.
Again, the problem is not the water that is used during the race, but rather the water that remains unused. Sure enough for safety and medical reasons the race officials cannot underestimate the needs of the runners and always need to have more water at hand than is estimated. The good thing is that this water is not dumped down the drain, but is either donated or used for irrigation purposes.