Green and Save Water in the Optical Office


Eye Bogglers

  • You can save over 3.5 gallons of water just by recycling a single newspaper
  • It takes 24 gallons of water to make 1 pound of plastic, meaning about 1.5 gallons of water are used to produce the average plastic soda bottle!
  • Americans consume over 3.5 billion gallons of water every day to run our households

If you are in the same situation as we are in Southern California on the verge of water rationing, or already have water rationing- try checking out the Water Footprint Calculator from H20 Conserve. (It’s FREE) With the price of water going up, and fines going into place for overusing water, you might want to start now with a water conservation program. 

I took the test (It is for households) and even though I conserve water, have WaterSense Faucets, a Dual Flush Toilet, Native Drought Tolerant Plants I didn’t fare as well as I thought! (See above Results) How I could save more is listed below! 

  • Your household uses over 15 gallons per person per day just for the laundry. Consider doing your laundry less often, and make sure that you only use your washing machine when it is completely full.
  • Your household uses more than 1 gallon per person per day on the dishes, which is the national average. You may want to consider getting a low-flow dishwasher, and try to use fewer dishes when you cook and serve meals.
  • By carpooling, riding a bike or public transit, or switching to a car with a higher MPG, you can save several gallons of water (and gasoline) each day.
  • You eat meat and dairy foods like an average American, which means you indirectly consume over 1,000 gallons of water each day. By eating meat and dairy less often, you can reduce your water use by hundreds of gallons a day.

For More Information on Saving Water- H20 has some great tips or check out Green Eco Services– 50 Ways to Save Water

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  1. Toilets account for approx. 30% of water used indoors. By installing a Dual Flush toilet you can save between 40% and 70% of drinking water being flushed down the toilet, depending how old the toilet is you are going to replace.
    If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. On an average of 5 uses a day (4 liquid/ 1 solid) a Caroma Dual Flush toilet uses an average of 0.96 gallons per flush. The new Sydney Smart uses only 1.28 and 0.8 gpf, that is an average of 0.89 gallons per flush. This is the lowest water consumption of any toilet available in the US. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the nineteen eighties and has since perfected the technology. Also, with a full 3.5″ trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. Please visit my blog to learn more or go to to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only. Best regards, Andrea Paulinelli