For the Arctic residents of Life Below Zero, complacency is not an option. Lack of preparedness means certain death. The stakes are high living on the outskirts of humanity, and for many in the lower 48, life can be pretty sedentary, pretty comfy and cozy… until now! [Cue Life Below Zero Weekly Challenges].
According to the EPA, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. Most of this consumption occurs indoors, with bathroom faucets and shower heads eating up about 2 gallons of water per minute. For Arctic residents like Sue Aikens, running water is a luxury unavailable for 9 months out of the year. On the latest episode of Life Below Zero, Sue sets out on an arduous journey to add to her stockpile. With 300 gallons to last her 9 months, Sue allows herself only 1 gallon of water per day.
For this week’s Life Below Zero Challenge, can you ration your water? Many of us flip on the faucet with little regard for how much water we’re consuming. This week, set aside a gallon per day and see how far it gets you.
Here are some tips from the EPA for cutting down on water consumption:
- High-efficiency washing machines can conserve large amounts of water. Traditional models can use up to 54 gallons of water per load, but new, energy-conserving models use less than 27 gallons per load.
- Washing the dishes with an open tap can use up to 20 gallons of water, but filling the sink or a bowl and closing the tap saves 10 of those gallons.
- Keeping a pitcher of water in the refrigerator saves time and water instead of running the tap until it gets cold.
- Not rinsing dishes prior to loading the dishwasher could save up to 10 gallons per load.
- Still looking for more tips? We have more on how to save indoors AND outdoors here.
Tell us! What inspires you about the way these folks live off-grid and on their own? Think you can try giving up some of life’s little luxuries and live a sliver of the Arctic lifestyle? Let us know if you are going to partake in the weekly challenges, and share your stories and experiences. We’d love to hear from you.