Water Conservation Made Simple!

We all know that the Austin area is experiencing an extreme drought, which began all the way back in 2008. You’ve probably heard that the city is currently enforcing Stage 2 Water Restrictions…but what does that really mean?
Stage 2 means that our lakes are less than 45% (or 900,000 acre-feet) full. We can only water plants and lawns one day a week at designated times, we can’t wash our vehicles at home, cannot run ornamental fountains, and patio misters at commercial facilities can only run between 4pm and midnight. If these restrictions seem bothersome, look on the bright side:
• You only have to be out in the hot summer sun watering once a week
• Take a load off and let someone else wash your car; you deserve it!
• Try placing some fresh flowers in your fountain for a Japanese garden feel.
• Lastly, take advantage of those misters during happy hour and stay cool while enjoying half-price drinks and snacks!
Most importantly, enjoy this summer in each and every way. We’re headed towards Stage 3 Water Restrictions (<30% and 600,000 acre-feet full) by mid-October or November, which means that the combined storage from lakes Buchanan and Travis will likely sink to their lowest point ever.
The good news is that the Austin community is AMAZING and has been doing a great job of conserving water. The city hoped to reach usage of 140 gallons per capita per day by 2020, but as of 2013, we have already reached an estimated 137 gallons per capita per day! Go Austin! To see how much water you use (and to help you save some money on your water bill!) check out this nifty Water Use Calculator.
And most importantly, here are some easy ways to conserve water around the house and in our community:
• Look out for leaks and cracks in water hoses around the house and have them fixed! This will conserve water and save you money in the long run.
• Install low-flow aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets, and low flow showerheads in your showers; these are available for FREE to all Austin Water customers
• Only run full loads of laundry in your washing machine. If you have to wash a partial load, make sure the water settings are adjusted appropriately.
• Pre-treat your stains with laundry detergent to avoid having to re-wash items
• Start a compost pile (awesome for your plants!) or scrape food into the trash instead of running your garbage disposal; if you must use your garbage disposal, save up food scraps and run it once a day
• Turn off the water while shaving, brushing teeth, lathering in the shower, and washing your hair
• Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water while you’re waiting for it to warm up; use that water later for plants, pets, flushing toilets, or running the garbage disposal!
• Similarly, purchase a rain water barrel and use that fresh water to your heart’s content!
• Only order a glass of water when eating out if you’re really going to drink it. Consider this: if you order a refreshing glass of iced tea, do you really need that glass of water too?

 

Author: Tess Krieger-Carlisle
Tess is an art history nerd who spends her free time eating too many tacos and shopping online. Her preoccupation with 19th century French art has gotten her in trouble more than once, and rendered her unable to look at lakes and ponds without becoming overwhelmed with romantic whimsy. She hails from California and spent some time in Paris, but has found her home in Austin…for now.

Moving with Reusable Bins: It’s about more than being green!

Why do we recommend reusable bins instead of cardboard boxes?

Here are our top 10 reasons why moving with reusable bins is better than moving with cardboard boxes:

1. Better for the environment.  41% of waste in landfills comes from cardboard boxes. You can do your part to help change that.

2. They last longer.  Reusable bins can be used more than 50 times before they need to be replaced.  Compare this to the 5-6 times you can get away with reusing cardboard and it’s a no brainer.

3. Better protection.  You don’t have to worry about the box caving in and crushing Aunt Nelda’s ceramic tea set.

4. They are cheaper.  You will spend almost half the price on bin rental that you would on cardboard boxes, packing paper, and tape.

5. No packing tape needed.  You won’t have to deal with assembling and disassembling cardboard boxes, bracing them between your knees, and the tape getting stuck together while you are trying to assemble the box.

6. They weather the elements.  Worried about rain on moving day?  No problem.  Bins will keep your belongings from getting wet.

7. They are made from recycled plastic.  Cardboard boxes are made from 100% recycled paper?  Reusable bins are made from 100% recycled plastic.  In fact, the ones we use are made from old computers and monitors.  How cool is that?

8. Easier to carry and stack.  Whether you are packing or unpacking, at one point in the process you are going to be moving bins or boxes around.  Wouldn’t you rather have something with handles and is a convenient size to carry?  Better yet, you will have a specialized dolly that allows you to securely stack several bins on top of each other and be able to roll them around from room to room.

9. We drop them off and pick them up.  You don’t have to borrow your neighbor’s truck, scrounge around dumpsters for boxes, or not be able to see out of your rear view mirror because your car is filled up with them.  If you use reusable bins, we deliver them to you and pick them up when you are finished!

10. Cleaner.  Reusable bins are sanitized and wiped down after every move.  That’s right.  How’s that for peace of mind?

If you are interested in using reusable bins on your move, let us know! We welcome any questions you may have.

Still want to go with cardboard? No problem. Green Gorilla Movers is happy to move your cardboard boxes for you. Our specialty is moving after all!

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Green Gorilla Movers – On the move!

Green Gorilla Movers Austin TX

It has been almost three months since we opened our doors and we are overwhelmed with the outpouring of referrals and business that have come our way. It seems our pride in our customer service, eco-friendly ways, and meticulous Green Gorilla team are hard to beat!

While we have been busy taking care of our great customers, we have updated our website and are proud to announce it is complete! Please check it out and let us know what you think: www.greengorillamovers.com

We are also happy to be working with Red Fan Communications for the official launch of Green Gorilla Movers! You can check out what they have to say about us below to learn a little bit more about what makes Green Gorilla Movers Austin’s BEST Moving Company!

Red Fan’s GGM Launch

Thank you for your support and your business. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!