The Bees are Dying Off? Practical Things You Can Do to Save Them

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You’ve most likely heard that bees are endangered. You might be inclined to initially react enthusiastically. After all, bees are just pesky bugs that sting you and only good for producing honey, right? Wrong. Bees are actually extremely important to pollinating most of the world’s produce. That being said, it’s extremely important that we protect the bees. Here are just a few ways you can help save bees from extinction.

  1. Avoid Pesticides

Pesticides are one of the leading causes of developmental issues and death among bees. Whether you use synthetic, insecticidal, or herbicidal pesticides, it poses a huge threat to bees and other critical insects in your area. If you feel like you absolutely have to use pesticides, try using only a minimum amount.

  1. Single vs. Multi-Petal Plants

Bees like simplicity and easy access. That’s why bees are more inclined to utilize single petal plants than multi-petal plants. With single petal plants, like bush sunflowers, bees can easily access the necessary nectar and pollen. So the next time you go shopping for new plants for your garden, be mindful of the benefits of planting single petal plants over multi-petal plants.

  1. Give Them Materials

Bees tend to live either underground or in wooden nests made of materials they find around their area. In these nests, bees create honey as well as live and prosper. So, consider giving bees the necessary materials to build their homes. You can easily do this by clearing a small area of your backyard for bees who live underground, as well as placing small twigs and other stem-based materials in a separate area for bees who want to build a nest.

  1. Water

Water is another useful material for bees. While some bees actually drink water to energize themselves, water is also used as a source to create mud for their homes. Even putting a small water source in your backyard is helpful for the bees in your area.

8 Ways to Save on Your Water Bill During the Summer

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In the heat of summer, your water bill can get pretty high. Between watering the lawn, doing laundry, flushing toilets, and drinking more H2O, you could be spending $100 or more on this one utility.

It’s important to try and conserve water though, especially during a drought. Using too much of this precious resource could wreak havoc on an entire region or country. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a ration our water sources? We have already had to do that in some places because the drought numbers are so high. (California, I’m looking at you!)

Luckily, there are some handy tricks to help you conserve water, and in doing so, you’ll save money as well. We contacted our local water and sewer plant to ask them for recommendations, and here’s what they told us:

  1. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow…” Perhaps you’ve heard this saying and its counterpart: “If it’s brown, flush it down.” Not flushing the toilet everytime you use the restroom is a great way to conserve water by the gallons.
  2. Use your dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand wastes a TON of water. If you want to save on water costs, load up your dishwasher every day or every other day with as many dishes as will fit (and still get cleaned). You may spend more on dishwashing liquid, but when you see your water bill, you’ll know it’s worth it.
  3. Aerate your lawn in the spring. Aeration will help your lawn breathe better and soak up the water as well as any treatments you use on it. They say to aerate your lawn once a year (in the fall), but I’m a big fan of doing it in the springtime as well.
  4. Use a shower filter. This will reduce the flow of water through your shower head and help you conserve more. Speaking of which…
  5. Take shorter showers! Standing under that shower stream for 20 minutes a day is killing your pockets! You may also want to consider taking baths instead.
  6. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Many people keep their sink running while brushing their teeth, and that’s a BIG no-no if you’re trying to reduce your water bill. You only need to run the water when it’s time to rinse. Instill this good habit in your children as well.
  7. Buy bottled or gallon water. I don’t usually advocate this, as it’s not great for the environment, and it can actually deplete our water resources faster. But if you are looking to save on your home’s water bill, then it may be something to consider, even if just for the summer season. You can go back to drinking filtered water in the fall.
  8. Don’t wash your car. Surely you can go a few months without washing your car. If you can’t, then we suggest going to a car wash instead of doing it at home where you’re likely to waste a lot of water using the hose.