Apr 17, 2015

Earth Day Basics from Conservastore.com - A Sustain U Quick Update




Why Earth Day at all?

"The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land"


What are you supposed to do on Earth Day?


Great News there is no requirement to do anything. But it might be a good time to just sit outside somewhere in solitude for a moment and do a self-assessment of your relationship with the Earth. The Earth provides us food and gives us a nice place to live. How can we better fit into the natural systems the Earth has developed thru the eons


How about having FUN on Earth Day?


Absolutely-there are a lot of festivals celebrating Earth Day around the world and the USA
Here's a link to celebrations near you


What does Conservastore hope you do on Earth Day?

We hope you remember Earth Day the other 364 days of the year. Simple life changes such as polluting less, respecting the non human inhabitants of Earth, and using the least amount of Earth resources you need will show the Earth you recognize it's spirituality



There is not place like Home


Planet Earth is our home and NASA is asking  to share your pictures and videos of your favorite places on Earth using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome

From Nasa.gov:
There are (so far) 1,800 known planets beyond our solar system, but among all of them, there's no place like Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media – and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome.
For more info visit: http://www.nasa.gov/likehome/

 



We have selected a few interesting short videos about Earth Day:


Earth Hour 2015 Official Video





What is Earth Day? The History




Earth Day Video For Kids






Earth Day April 22nd 2013 by NASA




Finally...


Check out our Earth Day Poetry Compilation Blog

HAVE A HAPPY EARTH DAY 2015!!

Thanks to the following for content that contributed to this blog:
-Earthday.org




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from now to Earth Day April 22, use Promo code ED1








Mar 28, 2015

Save on your Utility Bills - Sav-Eco Kits can Help


We are often asked what is the reduction on water and electricity bills when you use the
 Conserv-A-Store Sav-Eco Kits. With California suffering one of the worst droughts in history and the climate change issue, it is important to find every day solutions to help our Planet Earth.

Sav-Eco Kits are the Conserv-A-Store brand of water and energy saving kits that enable a beginner or a Pro to save more water and electricity-Here's a list of the Sav-Eco Water and Energy Saving Kits

This is sorta hard to figure since a single male or female who travels a month a year for their job is obviously going to use a lot less water and energy locally than a family of 4 with 2 elementary school age kids. We will just take what we feel is an average yearly use for the products mentioned

The other unknown is your water and electricity rates. Here's a great table on water rates in selected large cities in the USA-click here Obviously places like California are much higher than those areas with more water available

                                                                 
We're not picking on Portland-we felt the chart was instructive


For our Water rate calculations in this article we will use this stat from USA Today and a cost of $40/month or $1.33/day for potable municipal water
For its survey, USA TODAY defined a typical household as one using roughly 7,500 gallons (1,000 cubic feet) a month and having a meter size of about 5/8 inch.

Sewer rates which are often more variable around the US are a very important part of the calculation since these rates are included in water usage by your utility-click here

For our Sewer rate calculations in this article we will use this stat from the Circle of Blue,
Average sewer charges for U.S. households  in 2013 were $US 435 per year, or $36.25 per month or $1.20/day

So we will use Combined Water and Sewer rates of $2.50/day for a family as an average(yes many of you pay more than this and many pay less)

For our calculations let's use one of the Sav-Eco Intermediate Kits Conservastore Part # 06-0010

                                                                 
The Conservastore Intermediate Sav-Eco Kit Part# 06-0010


To observe the water and electricity savings let's study each item in the kit and how it helps you save This kit includes the following items:


- 1pc 1.5 GPM{gallon per minute} Shower head in chrome

A regular head from a home center would put out  2.5gpm of water

Your savings for a 15 minute shower would be 1 gallon per minute x 15 = 15 gallons or a 40% saving

- 1pc 1.25 GPM Shower head in chrome (not pictured)

A regular head from a home center would put out 2.5 gpm of water

Your savings for a 15 minute shower would be 1.25 gallon per minute x 15 = 18.75 gallons or a 50% saving

- 3pcs 1.0 GPM Aerator

A regular faucet aerator from a home center would put out 2.2 gpm of water

Let's say your family uses the kitchen faucet for a combined 10 minutes per day and each of 2 bath faucets for 10 minutes per day as well. This would add up to 30 minutes at a savings of 1.2gpm of 36 gallons or a 45% saving

- 3pcs .5 GPM Aerator

A regular faucet aerator from a home center would put out 2.2 gpm of water

Let's say your family uses the kitchen faucet for a combined 10 minutes per day and each of 2 bath faucets for 10 minutes per day as well. This would add up to 30 minutes at a savings of 1.7gpm of 51 gallons or a 77% saving

- 6pcs 15 Watt(60 watt incandescent equivalent)CFL Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb{only 1 pc pictured} for most home based fixtures or lamps

CFL bulbs have some negatives such as possible mercury dispersal at disposal but if that is handled correctly they can help you save money and put out quality light. Here's a blog we offer on bulb savings
The chart in this blog projects savings of up to 75% using CFL vs conventional incandescents

-1pc Screw in Light Bulb Control(good for CFL or standard light bulbs)-fits the bulbs you get above---cuts down on lite by 4hrs/day

This can be viewed as a security device as well as an electrical saving device

-1pc Digital Timer-125V 8Amps 1000watt capacity- White - 8 Settings/day

Depending on what fixtures are plugged in to this device will determine your money savings. But the device also offers safety since it shows a house that is "Lived in" while your are gone

-1pc Keep the Planet Green reusable bag--use this to go to the market without the need for paper or plastic----In the next 5 years plastic grocery bags will most likely be non legal in most states so why not get ready now

                                                                 
We think Mr Water would buy a Conservastore Sav-Eco Kit if he could

                                                                 


We project that you will at least save half of the water and electrical charges you would have with these products if they are not water and energy saving. The kit will easily pay for itself in 12 months time but if you have a larger family it could be as quickly as 6 months


Conserv-A-Store is your ONLY source for Sav-Eco Kits that Save You $ and Save the Earth

Thanks to the following for providing data in the composition of this article:
Circle of Blue
USA Today


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Water Saving Kits 

Energy Saving Kits


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Mar 20, 2015

Earth Day Poetry Compilation



With Earth Day 2015 coming on April 22nd,  we'd like to get you ready by offering  a compilation of our  past years' Green Topics Earth Day poetry. If there are certain poems not listed here please pass them on to us and we'll post them

To our muse Mother Earth…
We will try to inspire you every Earth Day with some rhyme. 



We hope you have a great Earth Day 2015!  Please carry and extrapolate the thoughts and respect for the Earth that you feel on this one day to the other 364 days a year. 

We begin with a quip from John Muir who we feel is perhaps one of the larger contributors to the recognition of how special the US of A is from the standpoint of natural beauty,

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” 
― John Muir

and


“The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.” 

Now the rest

This Old Earth needs our help
To stay fresh and clean and green
With a
Pick it up
Pitch it in and
Throw it in the can
This Old Earth needs a helping hand 

 from ReallyRoper.blogspot.com


I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each Honey Tree,

Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone

And just as I
Need every bit 
of me to make
A body fit
So Earth needs
Grass and Stone and Tree
And things that grow here
Naturally

That's why we celebrate
This day
That why across
The world we say:
"As long as life,
As dear as free,
I am Earth
and this is me!"

Earth Day Earth Poem


Oh giver of life, you glorious Sun,
You instinctively know what must be done.
I bask in your warmth to gain energy;
Marvel how you raise up each plant and tree.

You, gracious Moon ever watchful at night
Even aware when your eye is closed tight.
You sway our emotions, also the sea;
Cause turmoil at times or tranquility.

I love you Earth and all of your creatures.
There's joy in knowing you are our teachers.
I will, to treat you with respect and care
And pray that the world will become aware

When we poison you, we poison us too.
Keeping you balanced will grow life anew.
We are blessed with Earth, sea, wind and fire;
Ether, divine, our longing desire

Helps us to treasure our blessings on Earth
And love that's bestowed when given our birth.
So embrace loyal Sun and moody Moon
As sweet Nature sings her loveliest tune.


© Connie Marcum Wong



Even the Earth knows well the market must
 Align itself with something more than greed.
 Ravenous monsters on the future feed,
 Their fangs ripping at Earth's delicate crust. 
How might one profit from an empty sea, 
Drawing dividends from dying streams?
 Although one might find riches at the seams, 
Yet none will prosper once the Earth is scree.

Even the Earth Knows Well the Market Must by Nicholas Gordon



Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. 

Nothing Gold Can Stay 
-Robert Frost 

Plant a tree
Watch a bee
Go clean up the
Sea!!
Let's leave our planet
to be,
What it intends to be
So we, and all life
Can Be ........

Bonnie Pelton

 We will try to inspire you every Earth Day with some rhyme. This year we have a few selections from last year and a few new entries as well.

We hope you have a great Earth Day 2012! We hope that we all carry and extrapolate the the thoughts and respect for the Earth that many feel on this one day to the other 364 days a year.

This Old Earth needs our help
To stay fresh and clean and green
With a
Pick it up
Pitch it in and
Throw it in the can
This Old Earth needs a helping hand

 from ReallyRoper.blogspot.com


I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each Honey Tree,

Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone

And just as I
Need every bit
of me to make
A body fit
So Earth needs
Grass and Stone and Tree
And things that grow here
Naturally

That's why we celebrate
This day
That why across
The world we say:
"As long as life,
As dear as free,
I am Earth
and this is me!"

Earth Day Earth Poem






Earth Day is upon us again and in lieu of a long winded letter on how we should all change our practice to protect the beauty of the planet on which we are lucky enough to inhabit, I thought it may be more spiritual to offer some poems inspired by Earth Day or the writers love of the unspoiled Earth.

 Enjoy and Dream

 Happy Earth Day from Conserv-A-Store and pass them on if you choose


I am of the earth
She is my mother
She bore me with pride
She reared me with love
She cradled me each evening
She pushed the wind to make it sing
She built me a house of harmonious colors
She fed me the fruits of her fields
She rewarded me with memories of her smiles
She punished me with the passing of time
And at last when I long to leave
She will embrace me for eternity.

I am of the Earth by Anna Lee Walters



God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools.  ~John Muir






seeking comfort in a walk-in closet
this little room is spared
as a forest preserve ridiculously reserved
for leftover green space incorrectly prepared

cigarette butts against our soles
again and again and again
smoke stacks the air until acid rains
throwaways litter mother’s sensitive skin
her pathways have become paper trails
when no one’s looking the common good fails

we subtract life’s essence with knowing hands
with mindless rituals of the manicured lawn
rake nutrients; add fertilizer, plant killer, water
coexisting with nature has been withdrawn
as unkind man advances, the environment recedes
like fiber and flesh that can’t breathe

on a park bench in a walk-in closet
will my children find Earth has gone the distance
or the ecosystem in clear plastic containers
and life decidedly a skeletal existence

Skeletal Existence
[From Eloquence: Rhythm & Renaissance by Usiku at http://www.usiku.net/]


Plant a tree
Watch a bee
Go clean up the
Sea!!
Let's leave our planet
to be,
What it intends to be
So we, and all life
Can Be ........



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