2011 Spring and Summer Earth Gauge Messages

 
TOPIC: AIR QUALITY
Did you know Milwaukee's annual delay time for travelers during peak traffic is about 25 hours? Up to 90 percent of work commuters drive alone. Not only does sitting in traffic waste your time, it also impacts our air quality and health. Help reduce your impact on air quality and traffic congestion by sharing a ride with coworkers or friends. Consider walking or biking if you live near work. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The average American family spends about 1,900 dollars per year on home utility bills! One way to reduce energy use at home is to keep your outside air conditioner shaded with trees or shrubs. This will increase the air conditioner's efficiency by as much as 10 percent. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: ENERGY EFFICIENCY 
Do you rent your home or apartment? Taking energy-saving steps can seem challenging when you don't own your home and cannot make major changes to your living space. One easy way for renters to save energy during hot weather is to bump the thermostat up to 78 degrees when no one is home. For each degree you raise the thermostat, you'll save three to five percent on AC costs. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: FLOODS, PUBLIC SAFETY
As winter snow melts and rain falls, flooding occurs in some parts of the country. Remember the National Weather Service’s advice to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Never cross flooded roads or pathways in a car or on foot. If you encounter flood waters, find another safe route to your destination. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: GARDENING 
Everyone knows that hot, dry weather can be a killer in the garden. But conserving water isn’t just for desert gardens or times of drought - it is something you can do in any part of the country at any time of year. To save water, try replacing water-loving lawns with drought-tolerant native plants. Your local garden center can help you choose plants that will thrive in Milwaukee's climate. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: LIGHTNING SAFETY
During the summer, thunderstorms occur more frequently due to warm, moist air. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike! The only safe place when lightning is nearby is inside a substantial building or a metal-topped vehicle. If you are swimming or boating, get to land and seek shelter immediately. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: HEAT, PUBLIC HEALTH
Even when the outside temperature is relatively mild, around 70 degrees, the temperature inside a sealed car can rise quickly – by up to 40 degrees in 60 minutes. Please don’t leave kids or pets alone in a car, even for a few minutes. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: RECYCLING 
When used oil is dumped outside or into a storm drain, it can be carried directly to local surface waters during the next rain. If Milwaukee do-it-yourselfers recycle their oil instead of dumping it, we could avoid contaminating a year’s supply of drinking water for thousands of people!Instead of dumping motor oil outside or in the trash, collect it in a clean container with a lid and recycle at a local service station. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.  
 
 
TOPIC: WASTE REDUCTION
Yard trimmings are the second largest component of America's waste stream. One way to cut down on yard waste is to leave grass clippings on the lawn. As clippings break down, they fertilize naturally! You can also re-use your grass clippings as mulch around flower and garden beds. Clippings from a 5000 square foot lawn can add up to a one ton over one year! This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: WATER CONSERVATION 
Water conservation puts less strain on our drinking water supplies, while also reducing wastewater discharges into streams and rivers. Save water at home by directing water from downspouts directly onto your lawn or into a rain barrel for use in landscaping. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: WATER CONSERVATION
Did you know that an average garden hose flows at a rate of 10 to 16 gallons per minute? You can reduce water use at home by using a spray nozzle that automatically shuts-off while washing the car. Use a timer when watering your lawn or garden with a hose and turn water off at the spigot to avoid leaks. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.
 
 
TOPIC: WATER CONSERVATION
By taking showers that last ten minutes or more, you waste enough water to fill a backyard pool by the end of the year! Long showers also use energy to heat the shower water. Cutting your shower time from ten minutes to five minutes will save over 4,200 gallons of water per year. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth Gauge dot net.


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