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As the Spigot Turns from Tomball

I pulled the plug on my husband's aggressive watering which is why the name was changed because I am now in the witness protection program. I had to do it in defense of the plants. He seems to think they are all parched beyond belief when in effect they are drowning from over attention. It has taken me since March to convince him that I didn't pick the wrong plants, and that they are dying from over watering and not because they all have different water requirements. Many do, but trust me that is NOT the problem here. If they were able, they would be tossing each other life jackets. We have had an ongoing battle for years, but he has really gone "overboard" this year and even our established plants are yellow and wilty. I have wrestled the controls of the watering system from him, and of course, it is raining all week this week even though we are in near drought except in our yard! Hopefully, the plants will dry out and can make it the rest of the summer. Needless to say, we will be conserving a LOT of water from this point on!

Tracy O. from Austin

Keep it clean y'all.🐾💝

Debra m from Cedar creek

Help Keep Texas clean please pick all of your trash up and don't 🚮

Ann E. from San Angelo

I have a rain water catch system, I use to keep my trees and plants alive while reducing water consumption. I recycle everything allowed by my city. I reuse everything I can. I pickup trash when i walk. Doing all i can.

Linda J from Greenville

We have converted our wheelbarrow into a planter. Recycling can be awesome!

Valerie W. from Mesquite

I use all smaller glass jars to put pudding and jello in. Larger glass jars are used for my leftovers. Therefore, no need to buy plastic containers that end up getting thrown away.

Divya Aravindh from Kingwood

We always separate recycle and Non-recyclable items. Always turn off all lights and fan when not in use and also teaching to my kid to do the same.

LAVON MACKEY from walton

I was born and raised in Texas.

Heather Laurin from Houston

We were looking for ways to lower our electricity bill. We found that by hanging our clothes to dry instead of using the dryer we are lowering our bill by 20% each month. That's also saving on our electricity consumption as well.

Allen H. from Wills Point

When I leave a lake, my boat has more trash in it than i came with. Would like all boaters to do same.

Reagan Green Team from Odessa

Our school joined forces with Pepsicorecyclerally, The City of Odessa and Recycle Across America to create a neighborhood recycling Center! We have filled these bins more than 40 times over the last three years with clean and dry #1 and #2 plastic which the city picks up weekly to take to our local recycling center! Our green team created an afterschool program which met for the first time this year the first Thursday of every month! We brought in guest speakers and learned about how to preserve our natural resources!

Reagan Green Team from Odessa

Our Reagan Elementary school Green Team entered a door decorating contest with Pepsicorecyclerally and we won a second place prize of $1,500! Our green team also created three recycling commercials to celebrate a count down to 50th year of Earth Day! I wrote a skit called “My Gift to Planet Earth” starring two of my second graders! This was directed and made into a video by two of our fifth graders!

Jerald J. from Corpus Christi

We are pretty careful about making sure we separate what can be recycled and what can't.
We have a Brita pitcher and use it to refill our water jugs that are clean and empty quart bottles of juice.
The bonus is we have plenty of cold and filtered water in the fridge at all times, good prepping now that hurricane season is here.

Kitty Kyl H from Decatur

When i need to clean dogs swi.ming pool or water troughs i use pump or old school hose methed and water trees grass etc. when filling troughs in case run over it drains to tree troughs also reuse feed bags, containers,hay rope,anything reusable it all comes in handy for different things i may need!! Be safe y'all!!

Mayanin Casarez from Edinburg

I take my recycling to the recycling center in town. I recycle tin, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, magazines.

Janet D from Gilmer

I recycle pop can.paper product.Keep areas outside cleaned.turn off lights

David Deason from Yorktown

I buy a state park pass every year

Diana from Pharr

We put a brick in the tank of our commode so it won’t use as much water.

Mary T from Texas City

My fiance and I don't usually use central air. We have window units we use for whatever room we're using. We refill the big water bottles at our local water station. Fans are also used to reduce heat in our jome.🏡

Sherri S. from Crawford

I keep my thermostat on 77 when not at home, and on 74 when I am

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