GOING GREEN WITH WENA TINA-Eat less meat. To produce one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water—that's 40 times more water than is used to produce a pound of potatoes. Before buying beef, think about the immense cost of energy used to raise cattle and to transport meat to your supermarket shelf. Besides all this, cows consume enormous amounts of antibiotics and are a prodigious source of methane, which is the number-two greenhouse gas; livestock are responsible for almost 20 percent of the methane in the atmosphere.


Going Green with Wena Tina- Play it Cool

Avoid placing your air conditioner next to a TV, lamp, or other electrical appliance that generates heat. A heat source will confuse the unit's thermostat, causing it to misread how hot the room is and make the air conditioner run longer than it should. You can also program an air conditioner to start running 30 minutes before you arrive home (as with heating).

Going Green with Wena Tina- Build Green

A green roof is more than simply a roof with plants growing on it. It functions like a "breathing wall," consuming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emitting oxygen. Green roofs generally use low-maintenance, drought-resistant plants. Vegetation is planted or laid down as pre-vegetated mats on a thin layer of soil. More intensive green-roof systems may contain trees and larger plants, but these require deeper soil and are more expensive.

Wena Tina Does Not Like Dryers

The “Saving Electricity” website reports that the average dryer uses 3.3 kilowatt hours of energy and estimates an average of 11 cents per kilowatt hour. A small load of clothes takes about 45 minutes in the dryer, so the cost of that load is $0.36.

Some dryers are electric and others run on gas, but electric dryers notoriously consume more energy than gas dryers do. Overall, dryers in the U.S. emit 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and use 43 billion kilowatt hours and 443 million therms of natural gas.

Skip the wash before the wash

According to Consumer Reports, pre-rinsing your dishes does not necessarily improve a dishwasher's ability to clean them. By skipping the wash before the wash, you can save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load.  At one load a day, that's 7,300 gallons over the course of a year.  Not to mention that you're saving time, dishwashing soap, and the energy used to heat the additional water.

Canines for Clean Water Contest Is Open

As an Education Provider for the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC), the Riverkeeper would like to share news that the CWSEC's 1st annual Canines for Clean Water contest has begun! The goal of this spokesdog contest, coordinated by Coastal Carolina University students, is to find a “poo-llution solution” and increase awareness about water quality and the importance of cleaning up after pets. The winning dog will become the face of CWSEC's 2016 pet waste outreach efforts.