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February 27 - March 20, 2019
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Laura Schoch

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 706 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,035
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Laura's Actions

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Disable Screen Savers

I will disable screen savers and will put the computer to sleep instead, saving up to 28% more energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Buy Food And Water Only

I will not purchase anything but food and water during the Challenge.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Laura Schoch's avatar
    Laura Schoch 3/20/2019 12:05 PM
    So I have a hot tub.  It uses a lot of energy in the winter even though it is really insulated.  So this winter I emptied it and did not use in the winter to save energy.  Now we will only use it in the spring, summer and fall.  We saved SO much energy this winter!  And a hot tub is almost a necessity for a horticulturist because of the nature of the work and how it calms the muscles.  But, wow, what a savings!

  • Laura Schoch's avatar
    Laura Schoch 3/18/2019 11:59 AM
    I installed a shower head that you can shut off while you lather  - then turn on as needed.  We saved almost $20.00 the first month and I am installing another on our 2nd bathroom shower stall this weekend.  Easy way to save water!  And money!  The shower heads were 39.00 at Costco.

    • Jerry Crockett's avatar
      Jerry Crockett 3/19/2019 5:07 AM
      We have a little shut-off valve on our shower head! It's a small adjustment that really helps!

    • Meghan Scanlon's avatar
      Meghan Scanlon 3/19/2019 4:38 AM
      This is a really cool idea, Laura! I had no idea such a product existed. Yes, I could simply turn off the water, but my old apartment has two knobs to adjust the water pressure and temperature and it is tricky to set up just right, and in the winter cold water is just too sad.