The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: International Carwash Association presents WaterSavers Campaign + Giveaway!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

International Carwash Association presents WaterSavers Campaign + Giveaway!!


Earth Month is here and Earth Day is on April 22! During Earth Month, we should all try to do our best to make simple changes to help keep the Earth healthy.

Being more green and eco-friendly can make a difference. We also try to reduce our carbon footprint but trying to do little things like composting and recycling. We also start our garden this month. Reducing waste is a good way to start as well. Another way to be a good Earth citizen is to conserve water.

WaterSavers is a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association (ICA). WaterSavers is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly car washes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment.

Here are some simple tips from ICA to help you do your part for Earth Month:
* How to Be Green and Clean Your Driving Machine – Keeping your car clean with regular washing is an important part of responsible maintenance, but washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes. Furthermore, you’re putting harmful chemicals and detergents down storm sewers and that ends up polluting our rivers and streams. 
You may be surprised to learn there is a greener way to keep your car sparkling: a professional car wash. A common misconception is that professional car washes waste water, when in fact the opposite is true. WaterSavers professional car washes, for example, use an average of no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per vehicle – less than the average home washing machine, which uses 41 gallons per load, according to the EPA. Professional car washes also responsibly dispose of — and in many cases recycle and re-use — the water runoff. 
* Go Green and Keep Your Whites White – It’s easy to take steps to conserve H2O and keep your wardrobe fresh. First, only run the clothes washer when you have a full load. Make this habit for both your clothes washer and dishwasher, and you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month, according to Wateruseitwisely.com.

You get extra green points if you use cold water when washing your clothes. Approximately 86 percent of the energy used by washing machines is for heating the water. Washing with cold water eliminates 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year from just one household, according to the Sierra Club. 
* Break Bad Bathroom Habits – Bathrooms are water hogs, accounting for about 75 percent of a home’s water usage. Adopting a green mindset in the bathroom can save major water and money. Start by switching to a low-flow showerhead, which National Geographic says saves 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower. Keep the occasional bath for a special treat because the average tub takes about 70 gallons to fill, so showers are much more efficient.

These are things we can all do to help conserve water and help keep our Earth healthy. I honestly did not know that washing your car at home used so much water. I am glad hubby always takes our cars to a car wash instead.

Making these simple changes is responsible. Just think if everyone changed one or two things in their daily life. It would make a huge difference in our world. Think about it!

To celebrate Earth Month, the ICA has given me a great Prize pack to giveaway to one lucky reader to help him/her on becoming more green! YAY!

The prize pack includes:
* Tote Bag
* Folding Umbrella
* 22 oz. Guzzy Water Bottle (filtering water bottle)
* Jelly Stick Non-Slip Grip for Car Dash
* 16 oz. ThermalView Insulated Travel Tumbler

What a great prize pack. It can be yours. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclosure: I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips for conserving water. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. I received a sample product for review purposes.   Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

83 comments:

  1. i recycle, shop at thrift stores, yard sales and good wills, and participate in freecycle, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Terri C. McMillanApril 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    we recycle

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  3. I shut the water off when I'm brushing my teeth. And I'm teaching my 6yo to do the same - or I'm TRYING to!

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  4. We are going to plant 4 trees this year in our yard. We also compost and recycle.

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  5. We are going to plant 4 trees this year. We also compost and recycle.

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  6. I think setting up lawn and plants to not require regular watering which saves a tremendous amount of water. We mulch the grass and leave it on the lawn. We use watersaver planting soil to minimize need for water and only water when for example getting grass seed started. We also time planting to make use of spring rain which helps also.

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  7. We recycle and also have a Worm Cafe for composting!

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  8. I recycle when I can. Patricia

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  9. I use less water and try to buy green products that are less harmful to the environment.

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  10. I recycle everything and conserve water by taking baths instead of showers.
    priscillavbenavides at yahoo dotcom

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  11. LOL I could write a book! I was raised right after WW2 of parents who went thru the depression! I can tell you about living VERY SIMPLE. We throw too much away today! TOO much packaging! Buy in bulk! Use your very large things like pickle jars, etc, to store it all. shhhh big companies who sell those "wipes" do not want you to know this, but RAGS work better. Keep old rags under your sinks. Dilute your favorite cleaner in a good spray bottle for those times you would otherwise reach for the wipes! Boy do you save money this way!

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  12. We recycle and compost as much as possible.

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  13. we recyle.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  14. I recycle cans & I have a rain barrel.

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  15. I use reusable bags at every store now. I keep a bunch of them in my trunk so I will always have one ready!

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  16. What do you do to help keep the Earth green?

    i pray

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  17. We recycle cans and bottles. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

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  18. We recycle and I hate litter and pick it up as much as I can!

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  19. Well, I don't have a car so that's pretty green (although I would like to have one, lol). My city has a bag ban which means we have no plastic bags. Everyone has to bring their own cloth bags. I love it.

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  20. We recycle all our cans, bottles etc. We also try to use less zipper top bags and save stuff in reusable containers instead.

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  21. We recycle, and have rain collection barrells

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  22. We recycle when we can (our apartment complex doesn't make it easy) and don't let the water run when washing dishes or brushing teeth.

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  23. recycle just about everything and use water sparingly when possible!

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  24. I only run the clothes washer when you have a full load and use rags for clean up intread of paper towels.

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  25. I only run the clothes washer when you have a full load and use rags for spills instead of paper towels

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  26. We collect rainwater :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  27. We recycle everything we can.

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  28. We recycle and reuse

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  29. I don't buy bottle water and I recycle paper and plastic.

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  30. i recycle. we have a really good recycling program where i live

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  31. We have started recycling at work!

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  32. One thing we do -- use rain barrels to collect water to water our plants.

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  33. only buy recycled paper, refill ink cartridges
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  34. recycle everything I can

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  35. I consolidate trips to town to save gas, and use energy- and water-saving appliances. We have a low-flow shower head and kitchen-sink aerator. And recycling, and lots of other things, too!

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  36. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/326791672665092096
    (I also left the link in the Rafflecopter)

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  37. I know i should do more, but so far i carpool to save a tank a week because we have an hour commute each way each day. we also recycle.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  38. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/327160307065712641
    (I left the link in the Rafflecopter, too)

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  39. I raise chickens and grow veggies!

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  40. I recycle and compost.

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  41. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/327514082209038337

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  42. I try to recycle and reuse things so they don't go to waste. :)

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  43. Tweeted on Friday:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/327832916539355138

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  44. My household separates the trash and recycle what we can. We drink filtered water instead of plastic water bottles all the time.

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  45. recycle as much as possible, use every scrap of paper I can, conserve water

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  46. I drink filtered water instead of using plastic water bottles. Also, use reusable bags at the store.

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  47. I use filtered water and reusable bags.

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  48. Recycle, Don't Polute, Don't Waist, Go Green, and Live & Let Live! drmrs 4/30/2013

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  49. I recycle and use filtered water.

    Les Johnson

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  50. Last tweet for April:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/329329682036191232

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  51. Tweeted on Wednesday:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/329703710152327168

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  52. We recycle and have a compost pile for the garden.

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  53. Thursday Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/330018889658429440

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  54. we recycle and participate in trash in trash out when hiking and geocaching

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  55. I recycle my cardboard and plastic bags - I conserve water when I can.

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  56. Friday's tweet:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/330380744885170176

    Is there a reason you don't include a "tweet" button in the Rafflecopter? Or include the "@carogonza" in the tweet button at the bottom of the post instead of having the user add it? Or why you want the tweet link in the comments section instead of in the Rafflecopter? Just wondering... It seems so much more complicated this way, both for users and for you.

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  57. recycle and take shorter showers

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  58. I tweeted on Saturday:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/330833997909327873

    In the Rafflecopter, you say to put the link in a blog post. I've been putting it in a comment here, but I seem to be the only person who's done that. So if not here, where am I supposed to be posting my link for you? Seriously, I'm asking. This is very confusing to me. Thank you.

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  59. Here's my Sunday tweet:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/331157127408271360

    And thanks again for your reassurance.

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  60. I always use a reusable water bottle!

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  61. It's Monday and I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/331531138973708289

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  62. Tuesday Tweeting:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/331868237149118465

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  63. Wednesday, and I've tweeted again:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/332226040657240064

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  64. I have a rain barrel for my garden! And I don't buy bottled water!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  65. I use my own canvas bags when grocery shopping. I shop at our local Farmer's Market and at our CSA for my produce. Weather permitting, I walk or bike anywhere that's less than a 20-minute walk.

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  66. I tweeted on Thursday:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/332591834306064384

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  67. I try to conserve water whenever I can.

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  68. I tweeted on Friday:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/332968525939482624

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  69. I recycle and do what I can to cut back on over using electricity wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

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  70. I recycle and reuse as much as I can.
    tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  71. we try to recycle everything we can

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  72. I use only non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning products.
    Laurie Emerson

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